In Lands That Never Were

The new F&SF anthology,

In Lands That Never Were: Tales of Swords and Sorcery
, arrived at our
offices the other day, and I got to take home my very own copy, personalized to
me by "the legendary" Gordon Van Gelder.  (He was described as "the
legendary" on the cover copy of the previous F&SF anthology,

One Lamp: Alternate History Stories From The Magazine of Fantasy & Science

I was
quite delighted to discover that it is one-third dedicated to me:


This book is for three Johns:

John Joseph Adams
John G. H. Oakes
John O’Neill

brave warriors in the barbaric land
that is contemporary publishing.


This is, I believe, the first time my name has appeared inside a book.  Go
buy it.

Table of Contents

  • The Hall of the Dead
    by Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp

  • A Hedge Against
    Alchemy by John Morressy

  • Ill Met in Lankhmar
    by Fritz Leiber

  • Counting the Shapes
    by Yoon Ha Lee

  • Firebird by R.
    Garcia y Robertson

  • Dragon’s Gate by Pat

  • After the Gaud
    Chrysalis by Charles Coleman Finlay

  • The Swordsman Whose
    Name Was Not Death by Ellen Kushner

  • The Island in the
    Lake by Phyllis Eisenstein

  • Darkrose and Diamond
    by Ursula K. Le Guin

  • King Rainjoy’s Tears
    by Chris Willrich

  • The Fantasy Writer’s
    Assistant by Jeffrey Ford

(Curiosity: I keyboarded "Ill Met in Lankhmar,"
"A Hedge Against Alchemy," and "The Hall of the Dead" in order to produce and
electronic edition of the text for use in typesetting.)

Oh, and it’s worth mentioning that we’ll have copies of this available at our table in the dealer’s room at Worldcon this year.