Short Stories That Go Down Easily

A Press Release from Fantastic Books:

I’ve known Tom Easton and Judith K. Dial for a long time. And ever since I launched Fantastic Books, Tom has been pitching me anthology ideas. But at the beginning of 2017, he caught me at Arisia with an idea that grabbed my imagination and wouldn’t let go. Short fiction, he said, has been steadily moving into the electronic realm. But there are still facets of life that call for, even demand a book of short fiction. When he told me the title, I laughed. Then I started thinking about it from a publishing point of view, and I kept thinking about it, and by the end of the convention, not only had I accepted the concept of the book for publication, but he’d started accepting stories for it.

Thus, Tom Easton, Judith K. Dial, and I are thrilled to announce the forthcoming publication of Science Fiction for the Throne: One-Sitting Reads.

This anthology was originally envisioned as a collection of previously published stories, but several writers were so excited that they asked to write original tales for it. The forty stories in this book represent the work of authors who have earned a combined ten Nebula Awards and ten Hugo Awards. The stories represent the mind-capturing ideas and the funniest tellings of science fiction. The authors are some of the staunchest of the old guard, and some of the newest of the up-and-comers.

One caveat: I had nothing to do with choosing the content of the book. So I was surprised when I saw both Stanley Schmidt and Michael Burstein listed in the table of contents. Michael’s story was originally written when I was the associate editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Stan was the magazine’s editor at that time, and all three of us appear as character’s in Michael’s story. So this book has a certain nostalgic feeling of homecoming to me.

There isn’t much more I ought to say, except that I really enjoyed reading this book, and I know you will, too!

—Ian Randal Strock, Publisher

Science Fiction for the Throne: One-Sitting Reads
edited by Tom Easton and Judith K. Dial
Fantastic Books, $14.99, 200 pages, trade paperback. ISBN: 978-1-5154-1025-6.
Publication date: July 18, 2017.

Science Fiction for the Throne—and all Fantastic Books publications—are distributed through Ingram, and available through all major online retailers and specialty sf shops via direct order from the publisher.

Contributing Authors:

  • Gregory Benford
  • Lloyd Biggle
  • David Brin
  • Michael A. Burstein
  • James L. Cambias
  • Brenda Cooper
  • Dave Creek
  • Robert Dawson
  • Paul Di Filippo
  • S.B. Divya
  • Brendan DuBois
  • Marianne Dyson
  • Michael F. Flynn
  • Jeff Hecht
  • Liam Hogan
  • Daniel M. Kimmel
  • Nancy Kress
  • Edward M. Lerner
  • Paul Levinson
  • J.D. MacDonald & Debra Doyle
  • Leslie Starr O’Hara
  • Steven Popkes
  • Cat Rambo
  • Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Don Sakers
  • James Sallis
  • Stanley Schmidt
  • Holly Schofield
  • Darrell Schweitzer & Lee Weinstein
  • H. Paul Shuch
  • Alex Shvartsman
  • Steven H Silver
  • Bud Sparhawk
  • Douglas Van Belle
  • James Van Pelt
  • Jo Walton
  • Gerald Warfield
  • Lawrence Watt-Evans
  • Jay Werkheiser
  • Fran Wilde

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