Wednesday, November 29, 2006

ParaSpheres

On Monday, Jill, Rina, and I went over to Moe’s Books in Berkeley, which was hosting an event for ParaSpheres. ParaSpheres is an anthology of New Wave Fabulist stories, edited by Rusty Morrison and Ken Keegan, publishers of Omnidawn books in Richmond, California. The event included readings by Michael Moorcock, Laura Moriarty, Mary Mackey, Charlie Anders, and Mercedes Sanchez.

Omnidawn, previously a publisher of poetry books, is expanding into science fiction. ParaSpheres is their first foray into sf, and if it is any indication, their choices are going to be eclectic and very interesting. This is a huge anthology, 637 pages in all, with stories by fifty authors, including Angela Carter, Kim Stanley Robinson, L. Timmel Duchamp, Rudy Rucker, Jeff VanderMeer, Stepan Chapman, Jeffrey Ford, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Michael Moorcock (twice). Many of the other writers are relatively unknown, inside or outside the field, and a large proportion of their stories are original to ParaSpheres. It’s exciting to see a publisher putting out an anthology with so much original fiction, a rarity in the current (risk-aversive) sf world. Omnidawn has also been picked up by our distributor, Independent Publishers Group.

I had a wonderful time at the event. Moorcock and his wife, Linda, were as charming as always; Charlie Anders and Liz Henry are delightful people I don’t get to see often enough; and Rusty and Ken were full of exuberance for their publishing endeavors.

I’m looking forward to seeing what OmniDawn does next.

Jacob

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