Wastelands Ad in Locus

The new Locus showed up today, and inside I discovered not a review of Wastelands, as I’d been hoping for, but a nice full-page ad for the anthology on page 16, right in the middle of Gary K. Wolfe’s glowing review of Paolo Bacigalupi’s collection, Pump Six and Other Stories. That’s a great spot for attracting the right sort of reader for Wastelands, as most of Paolo’s stories are rather apocalyptic (when choosing the stories for Wastelands, I had several of his to pick from).

Actually, I say full-page ad, but while the ad itself is a full-page, Wastelands shares the ad space with three of Night Shade’s other titles: Snake Agent, The Demon and the City, and Precious Dragon by Liz Williams–the first three installments in her Detective Inspector Chen series, which are all now coming out in mass market paperback, with the fourth volume, The Shadow Pavilion, due out in hardcover in May.

Beam Me Up reviews Wastelands

Wastelands received a rave review from Beam Me Up, a radio show/podcast that focuses, as you might imagine from the name, on SF and fantasy. Here’s a snippet:

I know if you’re like me you view "theme" books with a bit of skepticism. Assembling a collection of any size with only one "type" of story can be daunting. I have often found many of these types of books containing one or a few really top notch stories and the rest relegated to filler. Collections like Ellison’s Dangerous Visions is a shining example of how to do it right. Is Wastelands in that league? Not quite, but DAMN close. […] The tales in Wastelands are the crème de la crème of this genre and for that matter science fiction as a whole.

[Read the rest of the review.]

Damn near as good as the most critically-acclaimed genre anthology, like, ever? I’ll take it!

I’m told the review will also be a part of this weekend’s podcast, which you can listen to (and subscribe to) here.

Wastelands Officially on Sale!

Looks like Wastelands *is* officially on sale. Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Powell’s Books are all indicating they have it in stock, and Night Shade confirmed to me that the distributor shipped out all their pre-orders.

Go forth and purchase! And hey, if anyone sees it out in the wild, could you snap a photo for me? If you do, please post it to Flickr and tag it with "Wastelands". I’ve got an image of the cover here to start off the tag group. Add to it when you spy a copy!

Wastelands Maybe Already on Sale

Amazon.com is indicating that they have stock of Wastelands already, though I (and as far as I know, the publisher) haven’t seen copies of it yet. But if they really do have it in stock already, let me tell you, it’ll make a wonderful holiday gift.

John Joseph Adams on NPR’s All Things Considered

NPR reporter Neda Ulaby has a piece on I Am Legend that will air Saturday, Dec. 15, on NPR’s All Things Considered. She interviewed me about I Am Legend–the book, the previous adaptations, and the story’s relevance to post-apocalyptic fiction in general.

I’m not sure how much of my contributions will make it into her piece, but we talked for about 45 minutes, and I think I gave her some good quotes. (And she seemed quite happy with the results.)

If you’d like to listen to the piece, check out NPR’s broadcast schedule. Or, if you just want to listen to it online, the show should be available at 7 PM. Once it’s available, you should be able to find it here, or via the archives page. Theoretically, this should be the permalink (or at least will be once the show airs).

We pre-recorded my contributions to the piece last Wednesday at the Rutgers Livingston Campus TV studio (in a sound booth in the studio). Since Neda’s in Washington, D.C., she called up on the phone and they piped her voice into the headphones they gave me to wear. So her sound was recorded on her end; my sound was recorded on mine, files are sent around, and production magic happens.

I’m curious to hear how it turned out.

Grasping for the Wind interview, SF Signal Mind Meld

SF/F blog Grasping for the Wind posted an interview with me, in which I talk about a variety of subjects, including, of course, Wastelands, and apocalyptic fiction. Here’s a snippet:

GFTW: You have an upcoming anthology called Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse (January 2008). What is the story behind the creation of this anthology featuring such notables as George R. R. Martin, Stephen King, Octavia Butler, Orson Scott Card, and Gene Wolfe? Why now, and why this subject?

JJA: My fascination with the sub-genre started years ago, with video games. When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with this post-apocalyptic role-playing game called Wasteland (the inspiration for the title, incidentally). This was when I was 13 or 14 or so, so the computer technology wasn’t the greatest. I’m pretty sure I was playing it on a Commodore 64 computer. But at the time, it seemed to be pretty good, and like most RPGs the story was why I played it. (I mean like most role-playing games, not rocket-propelled grenades, which I’m pretty sure appeared in the game.)

I’d always been a reader, but I didn’t become a hardcore book nerd until I was 18 or so. And once I did, it was like an obsession. I was reading like a book a day or every other day, and though I’d read and liked a lot of SF and fantasy as a kid, I never identified as a genre reader. But anyway, once I discovered SF was where the books I really wanted to read were, I binged on that, and I read post-apocalyptic novels and short stories whenever I could find them.

Click to read the whole interview.

Also, the blog SF Signal asked me to participate in their new Mind Meld feature, in which they get a bunch of knowledgeable folks and ask them to chime in on a certain issue. For this iteration of Mind Meld, we were asked to discuss online book reviewing.

Ideomancer reviews Wastelands

Sean Melican has a nice review of Wastelands up at Ideomancer. Click through to read the whole review. Here’s a snippet:

John Joseph Adams deserves a great deal of credit for the extensivity and reach of his research […] and for picking recent post-apocalyptic stories that have not been heavily anthologized. […] Mr. Adams demonstrates the sub-genre is not a static, but is a dynamic, continuously evolving fractured mirror, in dialogue with, and sometimes refuting, its basic assumptions […] [A]n excellent cross-section of post-apocalyptic stories well worth reading.