Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The New Weird: The Contents



The New Weird, Jeff and Ann VanderMeer's first Tachyon anthology, has been turned in. I'm reading furiously - how else would you read New Weird fiction? - and it's clear that they've done a tremendous job (duh).

Since The New Weird won't be out until February of 2008 (I know, how will you stand it?), here's a sneak peek at the contents:

Introduction
"The New Weird: 'It's Alive?'" – Jeff VanderMeer

Stimuli
M. John Harrison – "The Luck in the Head"
Michael Moorcock – "Crossing into Cambodia"
Clive Barker – "In the Cities, the Hills"
Simon D. Ings – "The Braining of Mother Lamprey"
Kathe Koja – "The Neglected Garden"
Thomas Ligotti – "A Soft Voice Whispers Nothing"

Evidence
China Miéville – "Jack"
Jeffrey Thomas – "Immolation"
Jay Lake – "The Lizard of Ooze"
Brian Evenson – "Watson's Boy"
K .J. Bishop – "The Art of Dying"
Jeffrey Ford – "At Reparata”
Leena Krohn – "Letters from Tainaron"
Steph Swainston – "The Ride of the Gabbleratchet"
Alistair Rennie – "The Gutter Sees the Light That Never Shines" (original)

Discussion
"New Weird Discussions: The Creation of a Term"
Michael Cisco – "'New Weird': I Think We're the Scene"
Darja Malcolm-Clarke – "Tracking Phantoms"
K. J. Bishop – "Whose Words You Wear"
"European Editor Perspectives on the New Weird"

Laboratory (Original round-robin story)
"Festival Lives"
Preamble: Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
View 1: "Death in a Dirty Dhoti" – Paul Di Filippo
View 2: "Cornflowers Beside the Unuttered" – Cat Rambo
View 3: "All God's Chillun Got Wings" – Sarah Monette
View 4: "Locust-Mind" – Daniel Abraham
View 5: "Constable Chalch and the Ten Thousand Heroes" – Felix Gilman
View 6: "Golden Lads All Must..." – Hal Duncan
View 7: "Forfend the Heavens' Rending" – Conrad Williams

Recommended Reading
Biographical Notes

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Some spectacular stuff here, including early online discussions on the origins of the New Weird. We've been lucky enough to have online debates in our two Kelly and Kessel anthologies as well, Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology, and Rewired: The Post Cyberpunk Anthology (out next Monday). The added value these conversations bring is tremendous.

You'll have to wait to hear more. I will say that this anthology is not for the faint of heart - I'm sure you can handle it, though.

Jill

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