The website for my new zombie anthology, The Living Dead 2, is now live. The url is http://www.johnjosephadams.com/the-living-dead-2.
On the site, you will find 8 stories in their entirety, available both as regular web pages and in a downloadable ebook sampler (currently available in epub and pdf format, with additional formats forthcoming from the Baen Webscriptions store). There will also be 36 different author interviews with the contributors. They’re scheduled to appear daily, starting today, with the final one scheduled to run on Oct. 4. And last, but not least, you can also read the introduction and the header notes to each story in the anthology. (Okay, maybe that IS least!)
The anthology features all-new, original stories by zombie masters Robert Kirkman, Max Brooks, David Wellington, Brian Keene, Jonathan Maberry, Carrie Ryan, John Skipp, and Mira Grant, for a grand total of FORTY-FOUR STORIES. This includes a mix of originals (27) and reprints (17) (none of which have ever appeared in a zombie anthology before).
The free stories, which you can find here, are:
- The Skull-Faced City — David Barr Kirtley
- And the Next, and the Next — Genevieve Valentine
- Flotsam & Jetsam — Carrie Ryan
- Mouja — Matt London
- Who We Used to Be — David Moody
- The Days of Flaming Motorcycles — Catherynne M. Valente
- Obedience — Brenna Yovanoff
- Rural Dead — Bret Hammond
io9 has a rave review of Federations:
“Federations aims to be an anthology of short stories about interstellar civilizations — think Star Trek, Star Wars, or Isaac Asimov‘s Foundation series. But really, most of the stories in this collection are just classic space opera, with only a little discussion of the challenges and joys of multi-planetary collaboration. There’s quite a lot of space war, a fair bit of first contact, and a dash of deep-space exploration. And that turns out to be a more thrilling experience, in many ways, than a more tightly thematic collection of stories about deep-space alliances might have been. … Federations is definitely one of those anthologies that offers something for everyone. … Whether they’re taking us to deep-space battles, showing us uneasy collaboration between vastly different races, or satirizing the very idea of a benign interplanetary alliance, the stories in Federations mostly keep a very human perspective on the hugeness and strangeness of a galaxy teeming with life. And that’s reason enough to sign on to its galactic charter.”
“For this anthology of twenty-four stories, editor John Joseph Adams tasked some of the brightest luminaries of speculative fiction to write stories of vast, galaxy-spanning empires and the people that live in them. … By mixing writers with great experience in with newer authors, Adams captures both the feel of the old pulp magazines and the practical elements of the ever-changing science of astronomy and space travel. … Editor Adams has collected both the finest writers and their finest tales in the definitive volume of vast, epic, interstellar Federations.”
“It’s a testament to the strength of the editor when a mixed anthology–one that features both reprints and original stories–features a consistent selection that one has trouble discerning which is which (or ceases to care about identifying them). Federations is one of those anthologies where I open the book and each story is a treat. … Federations is an accessible science fiction anthology and features both recognizable and refreshing elements of the genre. … [O]ne of the more enjoyable books I’ve encountered in quite some time”
On Tuesday, July 7, the New York Review of Science Fiction reading series will be hosting a reading for Federations, guest-curated by me (John Joseph Adams). Also on hand will be Federations contributors Allen Steele, who will read his story “The Other Side of Jordan,” K. Tempest Bradford, who will read her story “Different Day,” and Genevieve Valentine, who will read her story, “Carthago Delenda Est.”
Doors open at 6:30. More details here.
StarShipSofa has posted a podcast of Jeremiah Tolbert’s story from Federations, “The Culture Archivist,” which Tolbert describes as his take on “what if the Star Trek Federation were actually capitalist bastards.”
In other Federations-related news, contributor Catherynne M. Valente (“Golubash, or Wine-War-Blood-Elegy”) has developed a cool an unique piece of work based on her story. It’s a “ReadMix,” which is basically a song with text from the story being read in the background, all mixed and such to create a piece of music. The song is called “Wine is a Story,” and you can read more about it and listen to it here.
Event: Star Trek Smackdown
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
John Joseph Adams, Editor of anthologies Federations, Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, and The Living Dead
Matt Mitovich, Senior Editor, TVGuide.com
Bones Rodriguez, Author, Captain Kirk’s Guide to Women
Moderated by David Bushman, Curator, Television
Additional panelists to be announced.
O Captain! My Captain! Who’s the greatest leader in the history of science fiction on television? We’re pitting Captain James T. Kirk of Star Trek against your choices, based on the results of our Star Trek Smackdown poll. We’re beaming aboard a panel of sci-fi experts to debate the pros and cons of all the leading contenders, but we also want to hear what YOU think, so set your coordinates for the Paley Center and come join the debate.
Bring your tricorders to help you answer some trivia questions to win some DVDs and other special prizes! Costumes welcome!
Tickets include admission to the Paley Center (free to Members, $10 for non-members).
Hope to see you there!
Federations is now available via Amazon, and should be in brick and mortar stores soon, or possibly in stock already.
Federations is now available in various formats via ebook retailer Fictionwise. It was already available via Amazon Kindle and is forthcoming in other ebook versions for Sony Reader and Mobipocket Reader. The print edition is still due in May.
The print and other ebook versions of Federations are still a few weeks away, but the anthology is now available for the Kindle. You can go buy it right this very instant. Which you should do if you have a Kindle.
If you’re just dropping by to check out the site, or have just learned about the anthology, be sure to check out the three free stories we have posted here on the website, so you can try before you buy. It’s like loitering around in the bookstore for three hours, sitting on the floor in the SF section, but from the comfort of your own home!keep looking »