In my hand

I hold in my hand a book. A book with my name on the cover. It’s a cool thing – a first for me (sort of). The book in question is the Robots and Time anthology, which I co-edited with Robert N Stephenson.

Robots & Time
(Sure, my name is also on the cover of the Shadow Box CD, which is ultra cool knowing all the work that went into it, but this is my first dead-tree cover which is cool in a different way)

I’ve since been told a serious printing error occurred on the first run of books which have been sent (presumably to the contributors and pre-orderers) which seriously dampened my exultation (considering I was the final proof-reader), but this has now been addressed.

[Edit: Forgot to say “snakes on a plane” about this – so, snakes on a plane.]

It’s been a strange journey – I signed on (volunteered) to co-edit the defunct ‘An Alternative Time’ anthology, where I came across (and selected and edited) cool time-travel stories like Martin Livings’ Killing Time and Douglas Smith’s State of Disorder (two stories I still feel are amongst the best in Robots & Time), then the antho was merged with Robert’s Robot antho and I sort of fell out of the loop for a while until the fully selected and integrated manuscript then needed a full edit and proof read, which I was happy to do.

The final product looks browner than the little image above, but I think it gives it a broodier effect. I quite like it actually. Having Robots and Time in my hand has given me greater impetus/enthusiasm to see my other anthologies in print.

Several of the stories themselves are amazing. Aside from the aforementioned Livings and Smith, Shed Skin by Robert J Sawyer is a superb piece which pits morals vs technology. Really well done. I found Driving Dad by Dan Foley, Lady Victoria’s Mind by Alexander Marsh Freed, and The Destruction of Sennacherib by Bryn Sparks all had moments of specialness that marked them as great. In reality, I selected precious few of the stories, and found a few not to my taste (such is the way of a collaborative effort), but I feel proud of the work put in and the final product.

It’s well worth buying.

(and my name’s on the cover – and for the first and only time minus the ‘Jiraiya’ – it’s probably a collector’s edition for that alone)

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