Some of you, more snarky than others, have been emailing me, asking me what I was doing to support the cause. Because, as they see it, I'm donating their money. I've been accused of talking the talk, but not walking the walk.
Well, to set their minds at ease, suffice to say that something has been in the works since last August, yet I needed to wait till everything was in order before making the announcement. And since everything came together last week, I can now reveal what I've been working on these last few months.
With Pat's Fantasy Hotlist reaching new heights in terms of popularity, the folks at Subterranean Press aproached me to see if I'd be interested in putting together a fantasy anthology featuring some of my favorite SFF authors. I replied that I was interested, that goes without saying, but only if part of the proceeds would be used to raise funds for breast cancer research. Bill at Subpress agreed that this was within the realm of possibilities. I will also be donating a sizable chunk of my own advance to support this great cause.
It's going to be a small anthology, so we were forced to be methodical in terms of contacting authors. It took longer than anticipated, but it would have been bad form to invite many SFF authors, only to let them know that we couldn't accept their submissions because the lineup was complete.
Though everyone loved the idea and would have liked to contribute a short story, scheduling and prior commitments prevented them from participating. Still, their encouragements and kind words meant a lot to me.
I "borrowed" the title Speculative Horizons from James Long's blog of the same name (http://www.speculativehorizons.blogspot.com/) with his blessing, and the guy will get a nod in the acknowledgements. As far as I know, our anthology will likely be in the same format as Subpress' A Fantasy Medley, from which the excerpt from Robin Hobb short story was taken a few weeks back.
- New York Times bestselling author, L. E. Modesitt, jr.
- World Fantasy Award nominee, Hal Duncan
- New York Times notable author, C. S. Friedman
- Tobias S. Buckell
- Brian Ruckley
These authors bring various things to the dance, and they should offer an interesting mix of styles and stories. I'm eager to see what they'll come up with!
I have no idea exactly when Speculative Horizons will be published, though I have a feeling it might be in late 2009. Check out http://www.subterraneanpress.com/ from time to time, or keep your eyes peeled for additional info on the Hotlist every time there's something to report!
This might end up being quite an adventure for me. Granted, I have no idea what I'm getting myself into. But I'm very excited regardless!;-) So stay tuned for more!!!