Justin Landon and Jared Shurin (ed), Speculative Fiction 2012

Not a review, for reasons that will be obvious. This is just to let people know that Speculative Fiction 2012 is now available in its paperback form here or here, and will be available for the kindle (and in epub form, I think?) soon. This is a collection of some of the “best”  writing about speculative fiction published online last year.

I’m don’t just mention this because I’m in it (though I am! Twice!). It’s full of things by properly smart people with whom I’m both honoured and slightly bewildered to be sharing a TOC–people like Abigail Nussbaum, Dan Hartland, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Adam Roberts, Lavie Tidhar, Maureen Kincaid Speller. And the proceeds from all sales go to Room To Read, which is another good reason to buy it.

As far as I know, all the pieces included in this book are available to read online anyway. But collecting them in this way is an attempt to create a record of sorts. This is what the speculative fiction community was reading, thinking, arguing about in 2012, these are the conversations we were having. And while my first instinct is to question that “we” and that “community”, I think this is going to be a useful project (it is to become an annual thing) as well as a way of preserving some excellent critical writing. I’ve just started reading, and I’m curious to see what Landon and Shurin’s choices say about us (and about Landon and Shurin, I suppose). Ana Grilo and Thea James will be editing the 2013 volume, and they have already made the submissions form available.

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