Reprint Anthologies from the VanderMeers and others

Ann and Jeff VanderMeer have announced a follow-up to their anthology Steampunk (see image to your right) called Steampunk Reloaded. In the announcement, they mention that they are looking to read submissions from December 15, 2009 to February 15, 2010. To quote from the announcement:

Our definition of Steampunk is fairly broad, so if in doubt, send it. Keep in mind that Steampunk has become much more diverse over the past few years, and we are very interested in non-traditional and multi-cultural points of view.

Go to the announcement directly to get all the details on word length, submission address (both electronic and physical), and so on. The original anthology was a lot of fun with work from writers like Michael Chabon, Neal Stephenson, Joe R. Lansdale, Ted Chiang, and many more. I’m looking forward to what the VanderMeers pull together on this next anthology.

In other reprint anthology news, Night Shade Books has made bullish business of selling thick, sink-your-teeth-into reprint anthologies like the John Joseph Adams edited books The Living Dead (zombies) and By Blood We Live (vampires) have led to books like the forthcoming Tails of Wonder and Inspiration edited by Ellen Datlow (cats), Sympathy for the Devil edited by Tim Pratt (the devil), and Happily Ever After (fairy tales). The last of which will be edited by yours truly.

While I’m not doing a submission reading period like Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, I am looking for help in finding science fiction and fantasy versions of fairy tales. Following the lead of John Joseph Adams, I’ve created a story recommendation website for Happily Ever After. There, people can let me know about their favorite science fiction/fantasy fairy tales. My definition of fairy tale is pretty open. That is, you don’t need to stick to just Grimm Brothers or Hans Christian Andersen stories.

Now, I’ve got the excellent Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling anthologies, but don’t hesitate to recommend stories out of them. Also, don’t worry if someone else has already recommended your favorite story; recommend it again. The only rule is that I’m looking for reprints so the story has to have appeared somewhere else. People who recommend a story that ends up in the anthology will get thanked in the book.

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.


John Klima is the editor of the Hugo-winning Electric Velocipede and the forthcoming science fiction and fantasy fairy tale reprint anthology Happily Ever After.

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