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Kindred Spirits, part 1

In this post (and I sure hope there will be more, hence the ‘part 1’ addendum) I will be mentioning recent(*) publications that are also about change in the near future, are optimistic or have a positive attitude, or feature relevant SF, or — ideally — all of them.

I have two recent examples:


I bought Seeds of Change from Sean Wallace in the dealer’s room at World Fantasy in Calgary. (I actually bought another anthology edited by JJA, The Wastelands from Jeremy Lassen. John signed it with “This anthology is totally METAL!!” and that is but all too true…;-) Here’s the blurb:

Gathering stories by nine of today’s most incisive and imaginative minds, Seeds of Change confronts the pivotal issues facing our society: racism, global warming, peak oil, technological advancement, and political revolution. Many serve as a call to action. Will you be ready?

I’ve only read one of the stories in there so far, but this is the kind of thing I like to see. Kudos to John.


  • A Mosque Among the Stars edited by Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmed & Ahmed A. Kahn;

This anthology features 12 SF stories (originals and reprints) that portray Islam or Muslim characters in a friendly light. It’s slated to appear at November 14 and there will be a release event for it at the Chapters bookstore in London, Ontario on November 22 from 2 to 5 pm.

In the interest of openness I have to say that one of my stories — “Cultural Clashes in Cádiz” — is in the A Mosque Among the Stars anthology. So this is partly perfidious self-promotion (likewise this whole site is partly promotion for the SHINE anthology, but hopefully much more than that, too). Ahmed had used one of my stories for a previous anthology of his called SF Waxes Philosophical, and when he announced that he was looking for stories for an anthology that aimed to portray ‘at least one Muslim or Islam character in a positive light’, I immediately loved the idea. Then, when I thought a bit about it, I realised I had a story that might be suitable for it, and even better, it was out of print (“Cultural Clashes in Cádiz” originally appeared in The Amityville House of Pancakes. This went out of print when Adrienne Jones‘s “Gypsies Stole My Tequila” — from the same anthology — was rereleased as a separate novella by Necro Publications (that novella is a hoot, BTW). So I was very happy when Ahmed accepted it for A Mosque Among the Stars — a writer always likes his stories to be available — but I really liked the anthology’s theme. So chack it out, skip my effort, and read all the much better stories by the other contributors, like Lucius Shepard and Tom Ligon.

(*) recent: let’s say, from the last couple of years until now, or slated to be published soon.

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