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Friday, February 8, 2013

JUST RELEASED: The 2013 Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology

Named for John W. Campbell, Jr., whose 34 years at the helm of Astounding Science Fiction (later renamed Analog) defined the "Golden Age" of the genre and launched the careers of dozens of famous writers, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer is presented annually at WorldCon to an outstanding author whose first professional work of science fiction or fantasy was published within the previous two years.

Now, for the first time in the award's 40-year history, the 2013 Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology provides a much-needed and long-overdue guide to the newly emerging talents eligible for this year's award. Containing 80 complete short stories by 43 different authors, as well as additional information about another 58 potential candidates, the 2013 Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology is your guide to the newest science fiction and fantasy writers who are helping to define the future of the genre.

Best of all, thanks to the generosity of the participating authors and their respective publishers, this e-book is absolutely free -- but it's only available for a limited time, so download your copy today at these links.

UPDATE: Thanks for your interest, but the Campbellian Anthology is available only for a limited time, and at the end of that time is withdrawn from distribution and never re-issued. The 2013 edition is no longer available. The 2014 Campbellian Anthology is currently available at these links.

For Amazon Kindle: 2013 Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology .mobi file

For Barnes & Noble Nook, and most other e-readers and tablets: 2013 Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology .epub file

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Featured Authors and Stories:

Anatoly Belilovsky *
          "Of Mat and Math"
          "Durak"
          "Karlsson"

M. David Blake *
          "Absinthe Fish"
          "When the Pupil is Ready"
          "Don't Eat the Piano Player"

David Carani
          "The Paradise Aperture"

Zen Cho
          起狮,行礼 (The Rising Lion—The Lion Bows)
          "The House of Aunts"

Adam Christopher
          Empire State (novel excerpt)
          Seven Wonders (novel excerpt)

John Chu
          "Best of All Possible Worlds"

Krystal Claxton
          "Sapience and Maternal Instincts"

Robert Dawson
          "The Widow"
          "Please Wait"

Thoraiya Dyer *
          "Breaking the Ice"
          "Sleeping Beauty"
          "Complaints Department"

Ronald D. Ferguson
          "His Brother was an Only Child"
          "Hire Education"

Sarah Frost *
          "Falls the Firebrand"
          "Borrowed Feathers"

Rebecca Gomez Farrell
          "Bother"

Damien Walters Grintalis *
          "Like Origami in Water"
          "Scarred"
          "They Make of You a Monster"

Lee Hallison
          "This Life"
          "Taking Care of Ma"

Michael Haynes
          "An Unsuitable Job for a Human"
          "Scraps"
          "Twenty-Seven Rules for Coping"

Michael Hodges
          "Seven Fish for Sarah"
          "Street Lamps and Carbaryl"

Van Aaron Hughes
          "The Dualist"
          "The Burbles"
          "Random Fire"

Micah Joel
          "Ritchie Boss: Private Investigator Manager"

Alex Kane
          "In the Arms of Lachiga"

Kenneth S. Kao
          "Selfless"
          "The Trickster's Bones"

Mur Lafferty
          "750,000 of Your Friends Like This"
          "MESSAGE REDACTED"
          "The Reason for the Season"

Anaea Lay
          "Your Cities"

Lauren Liebowitz
          "Green"

Marina J. Lostetter
          "Rats Will Run"

Wakefield Mahon
          "Dragons"
          "International Intrigue"
          "Ex-Boyfriend"

Rich Matrunick *
          "The Watchmaker's Gift"

T.C. McCarthy
          "Somewhere It Snows"

D. Thomas Minton
          "Thief of Futures"
          "Observations on a Clock"
          "My Mask, Humanity"

Bernie Mojzes
          "The Ritual of Names in Prague in the Last Days of the New Empire"

Grayson Bray Morris
          "A Puddle of Dead"
          "Death Comes for Maggie McDaniel"
          "Putting Down Roots"

Trina Marie Phillips
          "Until They Come"

Sarah Pinsker *
          "Twenty Ways the Desert Could Kill You"
          "Not Dying in Central Texas"
          "The Ants Go Marching"

Andrew Penn Romine
          "The Parting Glass"

Robert Lowell Russell *
          "The Question"

Martin L. Shoemaker
          "The Night We Flushed the Old Town"
          "The Mother Anthony"

Alex Shvartsman *
          "Spidersong"
          "A Shard Glows in Brooklyn"
          "You Bet"

Cory Skerry
          "The Word is Cruel, My Daughter"
          "Sinking Among Lilies"

Grant Stone
          "Young Love on the Run from the Federal Alien Administration New Mexico Division (1984)"

Amy Sundberg
          "Forever Sixteen"
          "The Box in My Pocket"
          "Daddy's Girl"

Peter Sursi
          "The Seven Samovars"

Nicole M. Taylor
          "A Spoonful of Salt"
          "The Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter"
          "In the Valley"

Nick T. Chan
          "The Command for Love"

Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
          "Looking for a Knight in Shining Armor"


(* also a STUPEFYING STORIES contributor)

16 comments:

  1. Some additional people I *think* are eligible for this year's Campbell Award for Best New Writer:

    * Nathan Kotecki for The Suburban Strange (Houghton Mifflin I think, 2012)

    * Sweden's Karin Tidbeck for "Jagganath" in Weird Tales, 2011

    * Ayize Jama-Everett For The Liminal People (Small Beer Press Jan 2012)

    * Stephanie Ricker for "Inseperables' War" (Bull Spec, April 2012)

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  2. Hm... is Michael J. Sullivan eligible too, since while his books sold well they were self-published (Ridan) and it wasn't until late 2011 that Orbit published the first of the omnibus books?

    And I am pretty sure G. Willow Wilson is in her first year of eligibility for Alif the Unseen (novel, 2012).

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  4. And I think JL Hilton is eligible for Stellarnet Prince, January 2012.

    Also Lee Collins whose first novel came out in 2012 -- the 2009 short story doesn't look instantly recognizable as pro to me but I didn't dig too deeply.

    I think Nick Cole wasn't eligible until HarperCollins took over his self-published "The Old Man and the Wasteland" in 2012.

    And though it didn't come out in the USA until this year: The Teleportation Accident, (Jul 2012, Ned Beauman, publ. Sceptre, 978-0-340-99842-7, £16.99, 357pp, hc) means Beauman would be eligible for the 2012 UK publication.

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  5. And since I have to keep opening the ePub to cross-check, here is the "not appearing in this volume" list from the anthology: Madeline Ashby, Alec Austin, Richard Baldwin, Michael T. Banker, Jessica Barber, Jacquelyn Bartel, Brooke Bolander, JS Breukelaar, Jeremy R. Butler, Dan Campbell, Cassandra Rose Clarke, DA D'Amico, KM Ferebee, Laurie Frankel, Teresa Frohock, LB Gale, Max Gladstone, Preston Grassmann, Richard E. Gropp, Ken Hinckley, Hugh Howey, Louise Hughes, MK Hutchins, Andrew Jack, Patty Jansen, KG Jewell, Jake Kerr, Mark Lawrence, Stina Leicht, Hunter Liguore, John Love, Andrew Magowan, Brit Mandelo, Tim Maughan, Paul McComas, Bryce Moore, Lisa Nohealani Morton, Karen Munro, JB Park, Zack Parsons, Adam Perin, Dominica Phetteplace, Laura E. Price, Alter S Reiss, Lev AC Rosen, KM Ruiz, Jeff Salyards, John M. Shade, Courtney Schafer, Anna Sheehan, John E.O. Stevens, Andy Stewart, Nike Sulway, Tim Susman, M. Darusha Wehm, Chuck Wendig, Brooke Juliet Wonders, J. Deery Wray.

    And that appendix concludes with a link to: http://www.writertopia.com/awards/campbell

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  6. Thank you for all the additions and updates, Sam! I'll be relying on your information throughout the year, as I start work for the 2014 volume.

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  7. Oh my goodness, I can't believe it only struck me today that Daniel O'Malley is also eligible for his debut novel The Rook (2012).

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  8. Hm. Would Jane Rogers be eligible for her 2011-first-published novel (not her debut by any means, but first overtly speculative) The Testament of Jesse Lamb, which won last year's Arthur C. Clarke Award?

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  9. And also perhaps Adam McOmber, as his 2011 collection This New & Poisonous Air contains historical fantasy stories, and his 2012 debut novel The White Forest is a gothic historical fantasy.

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  10. (Though some of McOmber's stories were first published in 2009 and 2010 in literary journals.)

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  11. Nicole Prestin would be eligible for "She Who Waits For Rain". (Published by "Penumbra", September 2012.)

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  12. Thank you! Adding each of those to the list.

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  13. Lissa Price is eligible for "Starters" published by Delacorte in March, 2012.

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  14. I have a story in the free, just-released 2013 Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology, which features reprinted short fantasy and science fiction. how to read faster

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  15. Thank you - I downloaded a copy to my Kindle.

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  16. ... and that's all for this one! This volume was available through the end of April 30, 2013.

    Next year's Campbellian anthology is scheduled for release in early-to-mid January, 2014.

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