We are editing The Big Book of Science Fiction for Vintage and would like to solicit your ideas between now and the end of March of this year. This is a massive anthology of more than 500,000 words scheduled for 2016 publication.
As we conduct our own research, we would love your own recommendations. We know readers of SF are passionate about what they read. You can email us at [email protected] Due to expected volume of emails, we cannot reply but rest assured we will read all recommendations. Please read this entire post before sending us a recommendation. - Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
–The Big Book of Science Fiction will publish short stories originally published during the period 1900 to 2000.
–We define short story as any work of fiction under 10,000 words. Works under 6,000 words will have the best chance.
–We define “science fiction” very broadly, from realistic hard SF all the way to surreal material with a science fiction flavor. This includes what might be called “science fiction myths.” However, we do not define SF as including traditional stories about ghosts, zombies, werewolves, vampires, unicorns, etc.
–Whether recommending the stories of others or your own work, please provide: the title of the story, the author’s name, the date of original publication and the publication source.
–A sentence or two describing the story and author would be helpful–as well as why you are recommending the story. You may make multiple recommendations in one email, but whether single or multiple please list at least the author last names in the subject line of the email.
–If recommending your own work, please limit yourself to three stories.
–As possible, attach a scan, PDF, Word, or RTF document of the story. If the story is online, a link is sufficient.
–We are very interested in international SF originally written in English.
–We are very interested in existing translations of international SF originally published in a language other than English. (In such cases, the date of original publication, not the translation date, must fall between 1900 and 2000.)
–We are very interested in commissioning a limited number of new translations. We would love recommendations if you read in a language other than English and have encountered a mind-blowing story. (We have translator resources in place already.)
–If the story appeared in a Nebula Award reprint anthology, or an anthology edited by Judith Merril, Michael Moorcock, David Hartwell, Damon Knight, Kathryn Cramer, or Robert Silverberg, we are probably already aware of it.
–Keep in mind that we are already aware of the best fiction by iconic writers like Ursula K. Le Guin and Ray Bradbury.
Thank you in advance for sharing your opinions–we appreciate your time. We wish we could reply to all emails. However, we will be in touch if we have questions or further interest.
(Art by Richard Powers, just ’cause we love his work.)