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August 19, 2010


I for one have no objection to your including 'The Ships Like Clouds Risen by their Rain' in this anthology, as it's an excellent story that I'd have included too.

I think it's a requirement to include "Ships" in this kind of project. It's the story that Hartwell called New Weird SF, which led to the term "Scifi Strange." I'm Djibril on this: I'd include it too, if I were making an antho on this subject.

You're kind'a my hero. What great line up!

Don't these just count as new weird? Do we need new labels when we have a perfectly-adequate one already? :p

Great line-up. I'd like to see you break this into subsections.

Thanks to everyone for the great support and kind words.

As for the New Weird, SciFi Strange is related to that subgenre and shares many similarities. However, SciFi Strange is still an extension of science fiction, which by definition deals with the world and/or the future as it could possibly turn out to be. In addition, SciFi Strange grabs with both hands that sensawunda from the golden age of science fiction. While the New Weird brings many great things to literature, it doesn't deals with worlds that could possibly become reality, and it rarely deals with sensawunda.

After I wrote that comment I saw this wonderful post on New Weird vs SciFi Strange by Adam Callaway. It's a great analysis of the differences and similarities and I suggest people read it: http://adamcallaway.blogspot.com/2010/08/editorial-new-weird-vs-scifi-strange.html

A great collection of stories. I'm in the camp that hold the divide between Sci-Fi and Fantasy as artificial anyway, so I'm not sure the SciFi Strange label is required. Why not just call them stories? But, well worth gathering together.

Thought I'd post more of the great feedback on all this:

io9 "Science fiction is getting seriously strange"

From Adam Callaway comes "New Weird vs SciFi Strange: Part 2" (see above for the first part)

Tres Crow on "Jason Sanford sees the future of Sci-Fi" http://dogeatcrow.blogspot.com/2010/08/jason-sanford-sees-future-of-sci-fi.html

Metafilter "Stranger than a strange land"

"A Scifi Strange Anthology? Publishers, Pay Attention!"

Episode 14 of the Skiffy and Fanty Show


I think you have hit the nail on the head -to so deftly use the language. This is a major new step in SF. Only one writer I think you really should include - Catherine M. Valente. Perhaps "Thy Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew" from Clarkeswold or her newest story in Clarkesworld "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space/Time.

Bob: Thanks for the kind words. And you are absolutely right about Catherine M. Valente. I loved "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space/Time" and will have to read the other story.

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