Note: Here’s an account of the collab, in case you missed it.
Below the cut you’ll find the full list of contributors, including myself and Tessa Kum, who collaborated on the 35k novella “The Mona Lisa” for the anthology. In one mistake that makes me kind of sick to my stomach, the title page for the story in the actual book has our names reversed with me coming first. Small thing? I don’t think so, since the reversal of alphabetical order implies that I am the primary author on the story. Which isn’t true. It started as Tessa’s 15k draft, which had the whole plot laid out, and then was fifty-fifty from there. I also wasn’t comfortable when Subterranean Press put my name before Cat Rambo’s on “The Surgeon’s Tale” a couple of years back and I’m now resolved to make sure this damn well never happens again on any future collaboration even if I have to be obnoxious about it. Meanwhile, apparently it’ll be corrected on future editions. Point is: Tessa did the heavy lifting to begin with, and it’s a damn fine collaboration. I hope you enjoy it, and I’m looking forward to the other stories.
HALO: EVOLUTIONS will feature a wide variety of tales set across the span of the Halo universe. High-resolution images of the jacket art are now available by request. A full list of contributors, including brand-new original stories by New York Times bestselling Halo novelists Eric Nylund and Tobias Buckell, as well as Halo newcomer and #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Traviss, follows below:
TOBIAS S. BUCKELL, the New York Times bestselling author of HALO: The Cole Protocol and Sly Mongoose.
B.K. EVENSON, the Edgar and Horror Guild International nominated author of Last Days and The Open Curtain.
JONATHAN GOFF, writer and artist with 343 Industries.
KEVIN GRACE, writer and Managing Editor of 343 Industries.
TESSA KUM & JEFF VANDERMEER: Kum is the author of 7wishes and an assistant editor for Weird Tales and the Best American Fantasy series. Vandermeer is the World Fantasy award-winning writer of City of Saints and Madman as well as Shriek: An Afterword and Finch.
ROBT McLEES, Bungie game developer and writer on Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 and Halo 3, as well as the upcoming Halo: Reach.
ERIC NYLUND, the New York Times bestselling author of Halo: The Fall of Reach and Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, and most recently a new non-Halo series that begins with Mortal Coils.
FRANK Oâ€™CONNOR, the Franchise Director for Halo at 343 Industries.
ERIC RAAB, writer, and Tor editor of the Halo novels since 2004.
KAREN TRAVISS, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of her own Wessâ€™har series as well as Star Wars and Gears of War novels.
FRED VAN LENTE, the New York Times bestselling author of Incredible Hercules (with Greg Pak) and Marvel Zombies 3, as well as Cowboys and Aliens and the upcoming Marvel comic series Halo: Blood Line.
The collection also features original art by Gabriel â€œRobogaboâ€ Garza and Nicolas â€œSparthâ€ Bouvier of 343 Industries.
â€œWe sought out writers who came to the table with an obvious passion for Halo and amazing story ideas.â€ says Eric Raab, Tor editor. â€œWe got stuff for every kind of Halo fan from straight up action with the Master Chief to glimpse into the Elite mindset post Halo 3, and some really cool explorations of some other familiar faces like Cortana, the Gravemind, and Admiral Preston Cole, and some awesome new stuff that wander into unexplored territory of the Halo mythos.â€
â€œThe chance to explore corners of the Halo universe, whether obscure or popular, is something we are always excited to do, but the chance to shine light on these dark corners with the talents of these wonderful luminaries is a pleasure indeed,â€ says Frank Oâ€™Connor, Franchise Development Director, 343 Industries. â€œThe combination of fresh eyes and old hands guarantees a brilliant continuation of a Halo tradition.â€
HALO: EVOLUTIONS arrives in-stores on November 24, 2009 during an exciting season for the Halo franchise. This fall Xbox LIVE will be home to exclusive previews of the first episodes of â€œHalo Legends,â€ an original collection of anime short films created in cooperation with legendary anime pioneer Shinji Aramaki (Ghost in the Shell). â€œHalo Waypoint,â€ a new destination for Halo fans around the world, will also debut globally starting Nov. 5 on Xbox LIVE, granting access to Halo news and activities and content ranging from interviews and trailers to exclusive video footage that canâ€™t be found anywhere else.