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Archive for December 31, 2009

SHINE: the Table of Contents


As a way to close off 2009, while simultaneously promising something for 2010, here is the Table of Contents for the Shine anthology (with links to the excerpts):

Cover Image:

UPDATE: here are some review quotes:

That’s why Shine is such a significant — dare I say, historic — anthology. And with a rich diversity of settings and thematic speculation, this is a collection most science fiction fans will undoubtedly embrace.

Explorations: the Barnes & Noble SciFi and Fantasy Blog;

Overall, Shine is utterly worth reading.

SciFi Wire;

But it would be difficult — some might say doubly impossible — for every entry in an anthology as ambitious as Shine to appeal to every reader. It is to de Vries’ credit that all but the most hard-hearted of sci-fi readers should find their own brand of optimism represented somewhere among Shine’s array of bright futures.

New Scientist;

But if we are to have some some influence over how that change unfolds, isn’t it important that our stories, whether they be in the news, on television screens or in the pages of science fiction novels, fully explore the optimistic possibilities that technology represents?

The Guardian;

To round off this very long review I’m happy to report that Shine was a truly fascinating and enjoyable read. I’m not the biggest SF fan in the world, but I’ll happily promote this to others who, like me, feel the same way. Here are authors with stories and characters I could relate to. But then, I suspect hardened SF readers out there will devour this with gusto. Jetse de Vries has done a truly remarkable job putting Shine together and I’d like to be signed up to read any follow-up anthology because this one has genuinely broken down some preconceived ideas I’ve had about the genre.

SF Revu;

 For an anthology with a very tight remit — optimistic near-future science fiction — there is a huge variety in the stories themselves. It occurs to me that this book is the perfect introduction to SF for readers who wouldn’t normally venture into the genre.

 —Catherine Hughes;

SHINE is slated for an April 2010 release. I am working on an official SHINE launch party at Odyssey, the 61st British National Science Fiction Convention. More news as it happens.

In the meantime, DayBreak Magazine will feature—apart from other great, near-future SF stories—excerpts of the stories (two at a time).


US:Buy SHINE at! Buy SHINE at Barnes & Noble! Buy SHINE at Borders!Buy SHINE at Powell's Books!

UK:Buy SHINE at Amazon UK! Buy SHINE at WH Smith!Buy SHINE at Waterstone's! Buy SHINE at the Book Depository!

Independents:Buy SHINE at the IndieBound!Buy SHINE at Books-A-Million!Order SHINE via Goodreads!

Canada:Buy SHINE at Amazon Canada!

Germany:Buy SHINE at Amazon Deutschland!

India: Order SHINE at Flipkart!

Finally, also an interactive Google Map of story locations from the SHINE anthology:


The Week in Tweet, Week 36

Earth, dancing round the fire

Come, meet @outshine‘s sky

Monday August 31:

[Quote for the Monday] “Man is a rope, tied between beast and Superman—a rope over an abyss.”

[Source] Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) / German philosopher and poet / Thus Spake Zarathustra.

Tuesday September 1:

Turns out that there’s a way to make emo records sound awesome, after all. All you need to do is get Devin Townsend in to do the production.

[#SoundBytes] MONOLITH by Sights & Sounds – / United By Fate Records –

Wednesday September 2:

She turns slowly

Eyes opening like spring iris

He breathes her essence


Like a breeze her fingertips on his

They leave hand in hand.

[Bio] Kate ( works/plays in all areas of theatre, arts & healthcare, with horses and as a spiritual guide.

Thursday September 3:

More tired crap. A prisoner who’s trapped in a shooter game tries to save his family and mankind. High concept’s not what it used to be.

[#Spitballs] Gamer/ Directed by Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor /

Friday September 4:

[Quote for the Friday] “Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.”

[Source] Mark Twain (1835 – 1910) / U.S. writer and humorist / Following the Equator.

Saturday September 5:

They give her a galactic library ticket. She screams as she reads the rollercoaster of xeno-philosopy. It’s the ride of Earth’s life.

[Bio] After a twenty year period of procrastination Deborah Walker has, finally, started writing.

Sunday September 6:

25 extra minutes adds connective tissue to the story, but also serves to slow the pace a bit too much and *still* leaves things lacking.

[#ShineComics Extra] WATCHMEN: DIRECTOR’S CUT, Directed by Zack Snyder; Warner Bros 2009 (DVD and Blu-Ray).