Tag: Federations


From Star Trek to Star Wars, from Dune to Foundation, science fiction has a rich history of exploring the idea of vast interstellar societies, and the challenges facing those living in or trying to manage such societies. The stories in Federations continue that tradition.

What are the social/religious/environmental/technological implications of living in such a vast society? What happens when expansionist tendencies on a galactic scale come into conflict with the indigenous peoples of other planets, of other races? And what of the issue of communicating across such distances, or the problems caused by relativistic travel? These are just some of the questions and issues that the stories in Federations take on.

Herein you will find a mix of all-new, original fiction, alongside selected reprints from authors whose work exemplifies what interstellar SF is capable of.

Table of Contents

  • Mazer in Prison | Orson Scott Card (reprint)
  • Carthago Delenda Est | Genevieve Valentine
  • Life-Suspension | L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
  • Terra-Exulta | S. L. Gilbow
  • Aftermaths | Lois McMaster Bujold (reprint)
  • Someone is Stealing the Great Throne Rooms of the Galaxy | Harry Turtledove (reprint)
  • Prisons | Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason (reprint)
  • Different Day | K. Tempest Bradford
  • Twilight of the Gods | John C. Wright
  • Warship | George R. R. Martin and George Guthridge (reprint)
  • Swanwatch | Yoon Ha Lee
  • Spirey and the Queen | Alastair Reynolds (reprint)
  • Pardon Our Conquest | Alan Dean Foster
  • Symbiont | Robert Silverberg (reprint)
  • The Ship Who Returned | Anne McCaffrey (reprint)
  • My She | Mary Rosenblum
  • The Shoulders of Giants | Robert J. Sawyer (reprint)
  • The Culture Archivist | Jeremiah Tolbert
  • The Other Side of Jordan | Allen Steele
  • Like They Always Been Free | Georgina Li
  • Eskhara | Trent Hergenrader
  • The One with the Interstellar Group Consciousnesses | James Alan Gardner
  • Golubash, or Wine-War-Blood-Elegy | Catherynne M. Valente

Federations is scheduled for publication in May 2009. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.com.

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Federations Submissions Update

I just wanted to point out to Federations submitters that you should consider the deadline for submission to be 11:59 PM (EST) on Jan. 1. I realized that I never specified, and so some of you might have wondered about the exact deadline. I’m not going to be a Nazi about it, though, so if you end up with a late submission, don’t query, just send it in as per the guidelines; of course, you should make every effort to not be late.

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Federations: Slight Guidelines Change

I’ve just slightly edited the submission instructions for Federations to ask that you send your stories in Microsoft Word (DOC) format rather than RTF format as originally specified. This is due to my recent acquisition of an iPhone, on which I plan to do a lot of the submission reading. The reason for the change is that the iPhone (strangely) lets me open up Word documents from my email, but not RTF. The easiest way to go through the submissions seems to be to simply open up each individual email, then open up the story file and read it that way, rather than downloading each individual file and transferring the document onto my iPhone some other way.

If anyone knows of a way (by downloading some application, for instance) of making my iPhone open up RTF docs as it opens Word docs, please let me know.

Note: If you’ve already submitted the story in RTF, there is no need to resubmit.

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