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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Announcing the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

First, a few words from the publisher:

M. David Blake’s magnum opus, the 2014 Campbellian Anthology, is now available for download! This book attempts to collect in one volume representative works by most of the writers eligible for this year’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. We don’t have them all—there were a few we couldn’t get—but all the same, this book contains more than 860,000 words of fiction by 111 authors, and best of all, it’s not merely free, it's DRM-FREE.

But it’s only available for a limited time, so download your copy soon, by clicking on one of these links and selecting “Save file.”

UPDATE 02/02/14 7:30PM CST: Due to the staggering amount of web traffic this book is generating--more than 3,500 hits in just the past 90 minutes--we are adding more download sites. The kind folks at,, and are now hosting mirror sites, and we will be announcing more mirror sites as they come online. Thank you for your interest and your patience.

Primary download site:

Mobi file, for Amazon Kindle and Kindle Readers apps:

Epub file, for iPad, Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader, and most other e-reader devices and apps:

Cover art, just because it's so awesome:

Secondary download site:
Mobi | Epub | Cover

Writertopic John W. Campbell Award data page and mirror download site:

StarShipSofa mirror site: (the .mobi and .epub files are zipped and must be unzipped before use)
Mobi | Epub | Cover mirror site:
Mobi | Epub

Don't have a Kindle or other e-reader? Then use the free Kindle Reading App, available for most computers, tablets, or smart phones, the Kindle Cloud Reader, that lets you read .mobi files in your web browser, the Nook Reading Apps, which are comparable but for .epub files, or any one of about a gazillion other epub reading apps that are available for download, and mostly for free. Let us know if you find one you really like and would recommend!

UPDATE: We've learned that some web browsers attempt to open the .mobi or .epub files directly, most often producing a window full of gibberish. If you click on one of the download links and it does not offer you the option to save the file, try right-clicking on the link and selecting the "Save Link As" option. (Wording may vary, depending on your choice of browser.)

ANOTHER UPDATE: We've discovered that while our web hosting service provides us with unlimited bandwidth, there's a hard limit on the number of download connections that can be open simultaneously. We've since upgraded our service and quadrupled the number of simultaneous connections permitted. If you tried to download this book earlier and got HTTP Error 503 - Service unavailable, try again now.   

And now, a few words from the curator:

Here We Go Again
(or: wait, are we still here?)

A little over a year ago, a small group of us had a crazy idea. “What if,” we said, “there was a way everyone eligible for the Campbell could publicize their work at the same time, so that readers might have some idea of who we are?”

Now, I don’t recall every name who was part of the original discussion (I could check, but that would be work, and I’m plumb tuckered out after assembling this tome), although at some point I volunteered to oversee an anthology if the others would all agree to participate. That first volume had a very respectable showing, with 43 writers represented by a combined total of roughly 350,000 words.

What a difference a year makes! The volume you now hold in your hands is considerably larger, and includes a multitude of works from 111 contributors, spanning more than 860,000 words. (Should anyone be curious, that exceeds the combined total in George R. R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords and A Dance with Dragons, which are—so far, at least!—the two longest volumes from A Song of Ice and Fire.)

It is big. It is very big. And judging from this year’s response, next year’s volume will likely be larger.

Now, any standard anthology introduction might interrupt itself at this point with some self-assured bluster about how much you, the reader, will enjoy every smidgen of the contents.

You won’t. There will be some stories in this volume that you dislike, perhaps even strongly, and that’s okay. Every writer whose work is represented herein still accomplished something remarkable in attaining a specific level of publication, and by doing so earned a place within these pages. I encourage you to investigate each and every one, but I make no promise about how you’ll feel about the stories that landed them here, or the works they elected to share.

Here’s a secret: You don’t have to read this entire anthology for it to serve a purpose and be valuable to you. You’re allowed to skip around.

So you’ve already spotted the next Adams, Butler, or Cherryh? Try the next Xue, Yolen, or Zelazny… or anything in between.

A story lost you along the way, or did something you’ve already seen too many times? Try a different story, or a different excerpt, or even a different writer.

There are a lot of words in this volume. I can’t tell you where to focus your attention; by agreeing to play host, I also agreed to remain impartial. That doesn’t mean I don’t have favorites (I do), but it means I ask you to decide upon your own.

Here’s another secret: If you do read every word in this anthology, and investigate all the links for those currently known to be eligible, you’ll probably discover a new favorite. At least one. And if you do—if you, as a reader, connect with even a single new writer—then I will feel very, very good about this year’s installment of the Annual Campbellian Anthology.

Now, go make a friend. Your writers are waiting.

M. David Blake

What You Should Do Now: If you plan to nominate anyone—regardless of whether or not that individual chose to participate in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology—as a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, please visit and purchase at least a “Supporting” membership. Doing so will allow you to nominate for both the Campbell and Hugo Awards (if you register before 31 January 2014), receive the 2014 Hugo Voter Packet, and vote on the final ballot.

Please Note (from the website): “Members of Loncon 3 who have an Attending, Young Adult Attending or Supporting membership by 31 January 2014 are eligible to nominate for the Hugo Awards and the Retro-Hugos. Equivalent members of LoneStarCon 3 (the 2013 Worldcon) and Sasquan (the 2015 Worldcon) at that date are also eligible to nominate.”

Unless you are a member of one of those conventions by 31 January 2014, you will not be allowed to nominate… but you will still be allowed to enjoy the 2014 Campbellian Anthology.


Sally said...

Is there a way to download a PDF, for those who don't have an e-reader?

… M. said...

Sally, there is not a PDF, but may I suggest an alternative? You can read the ePub version on a computer using the free Adobe Digital Editions software, or the Mobi version on a variety of devices using the Kindle Reading Apps (links below).

Adobe Digital Editions:

Kindle Reading Apps:

Anonymous said...

Hi Sally,

(I'm not the publisher, just one of the contributors.) It can be converted to PDF with Calibre, I just tried and it took a while for me because of the large filesize, but it worked just fine. Calibre is free, multiplatform and relatively easy to use, but if you have any difficulties with it, you can ask me on Twitter (@tzniuswarrior) or on my website.

Calibre can also just display ebook files on your desktop computer, without the need for conversion. It is my personal choice for reading on my tablet that runs a desktop OS, but tastes may vary!

Unknown said...

THANK YOU so much for this. I'm looking forward to devouring this collection.

LarryS said...

Woa this sounds cool, gotta check it out! OK if I share this on my SF blog?

~brb said...

Yes, please do.

… M. said...

Correction: Jonas David was inadvertently listed as being in his first year of eligibility, when he is actually in his second. ("Deathday" was published in 2012, rather than 2013!)

My apologies for the error. It does not affect his eligibility this year, but it means he has already entered his second, and final, year of Campbellian consideration.

~brb said...

...and the life-clock in the palm of his hand is flashing red?

… M. said...

Something like that. It's fixed now, though.

Peter D. Tillman said...

How about an ordinary HTML file? Hate to clutter up the box with extra stuff, like an ereader....

"It's a sin to waste the reader's time" -- Larry Niven

… M. said...

Peter, the contract we issued allows us to make this content available "in appropriate ebook variants." By itself, "an ordinary HTML file" does not fit that definition.

However, the files are DRM-FREE (meaning there is no encryption that might prevent your viewing the content on whatever device you choose), and ePub is essentially XHTML within a renamed ZIP archive. Should you wish to un-ZIP the contents and view them in your browser, rather than installing a browser plugin that would enable you to view the file as a native format, you are certainly welcome to do so.

Unknown said...

Thank you for making this volume available!

Nathan-A Leaflight said...

I apologize for the noobieness of this question. I just installed the Kindle reader program onto my Mac laptop so I could read this anthology. However, when I click on this link ( all I get is a gobbledegook page in my Safari browser window. What part of this process am I doing wrong? Thanks.

… M. said...

Nathan, try to right-click (or Control+Click, on a Mac) and choose "Save As." Some browsers aren't quite sure what to do with Mobi files, but telling the browser to save the file in this manner should bypass the issue, and then you'll be able to add it to your Kindle Reader app.

… M. said...

**** IMPORTANT! ****

Bill Katz at Writertopia has very kindly agreed to host a THIRD download site for the 2014 Campbellian Anthology:

Nathan-A Leaflight said...

Worked like a charm. Thanks so much!

bottleHeD said...

This is awesome! Spreading this page link to as many people as I know!

Unknown said...

Adobe support products are terrific, any problems you may have, their customer service is good enough to help.Adobe Support please visit the link.

Lacy Brown

… M. said...

**** IMPORTANT! **** has very kindly agreed to host an additional download site for the 2014 Campbellian Anthology:

~brb said...

Ah. The bottleneck wasn't a limit on our bandwidth, but on the number of _simultaneous_ connections our hosting plan permitted. I've just upgraded the site to quadruple the number of simultaneous connections supported. If we exceed that...

CuMorrigu Ursari said...

Check out Calibre ( Not only will it let you read ebooks in various different format, it also lets you convert. And it's free.

Lavanya Vijayaraghavan said...

Thank you - this is wonderful! Living in India, I find it very difficult to get hold of good SF/F and often have to wait a year or two past the release date. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

… M. said...

Correction: Robin Wyatt Dunn's qualifying sale was not published in Arc 1.4, but by The Tomorrow Project, as part of a competition ("Is the Future Friendly?") hosted by Arc. The purpose of the competition was to select a story for publication in Arc 1.5.

Although Dunn's story was not the overall winner, and has never appeared in Arc, it was still selected as one of five runners up and accordingly received prize money for web publication.

My apologies for the error. It does not affect his eligibility, or the dates of his eligibility, since the prize money was tied to publication and was sufficient to cross the necessary threshold.

… M. said...

Some folks are slightly confused about the 2014 CAMPBELLIAN ANTHOLOGY! Participants are all ELIGIBLE this year. No one is a nominee... yet.

Unknown said...

Awesome! Make sure anyone who reads this checks out Stant Litore's No Lasting Burial and the rest of his books! Awesome writer!!

.mobi and .epub actually are pdf files, there are many different programs that can be downloaded to read those files computer or mobile, if they do not work for you, there are also plenty of sites where you can convert the files to a format that will work for your device if you have any issues.

I use both pdflite and freepdftablet to open my files on my computer. Adobe works just as well but is too large an application for my liking!

onetallazhiker said...

Thank you

Helgaleena said...

THANK YOU for this fabulous ebook which I am using on my free Kindle reader that Amazon gave me. Shared.

Anonymous said...

This is probably a dumb question, but how do I download it TO MY KINDLE?

Danny Sichel said...

Just wondering when the 2015 collection will be released?