Shineanthology’s Weblog

An anthology of optimistic, near future SF

Optimistic SF Open Platform

Welcome to the SHINE anthology website.

This site is intended to function as an open platform for optimistic SF. Hereby I invite everyone to post ideas, arguments, comments and links on this topic.

Optimistic SF is like the future: a work in progress.

Guidelines for the SHINE anthology can be found in the sidebar under the “GUIDELINES” category.

There will be semi-regular posts about topics that touch optimism, near-future and SF. Those will, hopefully, prime your imagination.


  David Brin wrote @

Hi. David Brin here. This project is terrific! As a fellow known for being generally optimistic, I’ve long inveighed against the reflex — across Hollywood and publishing — of taking the cheap approach to storytelling. The noxious habit of assuming the worst about humanity and civilization.

One criticism: I find it hard, looking at the site, to see who I should write to, separately, about specific questions. So could the editor(s) please write to me at ?

Thanks and good luck in this terrific endeavor.

With cordial regards,

David Brin

  shineanthology wrote @


Thanks for the heads-up!

Sorry about not displaying my email address more prominently: since it is in both the Shine and @outshine guidelines I assume, but all too easily, that everyone will find it there.

So I’ve updated the site, displaying my email more prominently.

  Eva Maria Chapman wrote @

So nice to know there are cheery optimistic SF writers out there. We can create an amazing future together.

  Things are looking up « wrote @

[…] ‘optimistic SF’ stories from around the world and they’ve even started anoptimistic SF open forum. File this one under ‘optimism’. Shine   « ‘Wives’ on […]

  Keith Stevenson wrote @

Great to hear about this new venture. I too am fed up with the appropriation of what used to be an essentially hopeful genre – the fact that humanity survived in the future was reason enough to be optimistic. Over at coeur de lion publishing we’re engaged in a similar project with our forthcoming Anywhere But Earth anthology. Good luck with the forum and Shine.

  shineanthology wrote @

Thanks for the thumbs-up, Keith!

I will be in Melborne for AussieCon IV, so maybe we can have a few drinks.

Best of luck with Coeur de Lion Publishing: if Anywhere But Earth is published at that time, I intend to buy a copy.

  Keith Stevenson wrote @

Thanks! I’ll be at Aussiecon. In the dealer’s room. ABE won’t be out till 2011, but I’m sure I can sell you something 🙂

  Terrie Leigh Relf wrote @

I just found this beacon at Sozar to you! I plan to read–and submit–regularly.

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