As the launch date for SHINE is approaching (March 30 in the USA, April 16 in the UK), several copies (contributor’s, reviewer’s, promotional) are already making their way.
So in order to whet your appetite, here are a few sightings:
- Gareth Lyn Powell & Aliette de Bodard (in the comments) have received it;
- Jason Andrew is quite impressed with it;
- It has come all the way to Pavonis Mons, even if not by balloon (the new blog of Al Reynolds: check it out!);
- Mari Ness got it, and was somewhat irked by seeing that her name is misspelled in the page headers (which I didn’t see in the proofs): my apologies, Mari;
- Gord Sellar thinks it’s shiny;
- Jacques Barcia tweeted it;
- John Scalzi has received it (and announces it will be featured in “The Big Idea” early April);
- Jeff VanderMeer is charmed by the pretty (see his picture below);
- Niall Alexander of the Speculative Scotsman mentions it here;
- Charles A. Tan mentions it shortly (among an overview of international SF) on the SFWA site;
- Mike Johnstone shortly mentions it at the end of his ‘saving science fiction from itself‘ post;
- Harry Markov of the Temple Library has put it on their wishlist;
- (UPDATE): Jason Sanford calls SHINE ‘the most eagerly awaited anthology of 2010;
- (UPDATE 2): Charles A. Tan made it his ‘international speculative fiction highlight‘;
- (UPDATE 3): Liz de Jager, according to her tweet, ‘is really enjoying it‘;
Obviously, as reviews appear I will link to them. Do feel free to point me to them (the good, the bad or the ugly).
Furthermore, as the release date comes closer, I will be posting an excerpt of each SHINE story here, every other day (I’ve already started doing it bi-weekly at DayBreak Magazine). More promotional actions are in the works: keep an eye out here and at DayBreak Magazine.
For those going to Odyssey (the 2010 EasterCon): all of you are cordially invited to the SHINE launch party at the Royal C+D on Saturday April 3, from 18.00 hrs. onwards. As a party organiser, I have a reputation to uphold, so do come by: I promise you won’t leave thirsty!
Also, via Jeff VanderMeer I see that John Klima is competing in the Pepsi ‘Good Idea’ competition with his “Other Worlds” project, an SF magazine showcasing underrepresented cultures.
Right now, his idea ranks 234, and only the top ten get funding. So spread the word and vote!