Editor’s Note

If you’ve made it this far in the book then you’ve read everything that appeared in the first edition of the anthology. Due to various publishing difficulties—which are far too boring and inside baseball to discuss here—the first edition of Brave New Worlds did not get the distribution and shelf-life the publisher and I thought it deserved. (And judging by the reader demand for the book when it was unavailable, many of you agree.)

Now those difficulties have been sorted out, and so Night Shade Books and I are pleased to present this second edition of the anthology to give the book new (shelf) life.

To help celebrate this revised and expanded second edition, we have included three additional stories that could not be included in the first edition (either for contractual reasons or because they just hadn’t been written yet). But we also wanted to preserve the original edition as much as possible, which is why you’re reading this note toward the end of the book—so that we could preserve the original table of contents of the anthology. Thus, the following three stories are being presented as bonus content, exclusive to the second edition.

And lastly, we’ve also updated the recommended reading list with some new books published since the first edition. You’ll also find two new appendices written by renowned critic and scholar Gary K. Wolfe: (1) a filmography of dystopian films, and (2) study guide questions, designed to help book clubs and classrooms discuss selected stories in more detail.