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Summary: Hadley-Rille anthologies, 2009

Hadley-Rille books, 2009

Hadley-Rille continues to publish original anthologies at an impressive rate, under the leadership of Eric T. Reynolds. This year they also published some novellas on ancient history subjects, some novels, and a collection by promising new writer Camille Alexa (whose career has been strongly supported by Hadley-Rille, one thing (of many) that Reynolds can rightly be very proud of). The anthologies I saw this year were:

Footprints, edited by Jay Lake and Eric T. Reynolds; and
Origins, edited by Eric T. Reynolds.

Subtotals: 2 books, 25 stories (4 novelettes, 21 shorts (one short-shorts)), about 140,000 words of new fiction. Origins also included quite a few reprints.

Stats: 13 stories by women (52%), consistent with last year's total (56%), and all the stories were SF.

I have complained a couple of times (to the point that Eric is probably tired of hearing me say this) that sometimes these anthologies are too narrowly themed. I thought that was the case again with Footprints, in which the theme was stories about aliens discovering the preserved footprints of Neil Armstrong et. al. on the Moon, after humanity has disappeared. Not a bad notion for a story or three, but a whole book of them seemed a bit much, and there was some repetition in reading the stories back to back. But there was some nice work here. James Van Pelt's "Working the Moon Circuit" effectively takes the theme of the anthology about as straight as possible, as a sort of tour guide to the Moon sites is brought by one visitor to closer realization of the pathos of the evident human failure. Brenda Cooper's "Sailors in a Sea of Suns" is an affecting story of an alien mother and child on a very long exploring mission. Stories by Kate Kelly, A. D. Guzman, Erin Cashier, Gerri Leen, and Heather McDougal were also fine. Origins is a collection of stories of human evolution -- that is, stories set at various times in deep human prehistory and history. Camille Alexa's "The Pull of the Wind and the Push of the Sky" was probably my favorite new story (it is also the title story of her collection). As I said, a number of the stories were reprints, including Mike Resnick's famous "Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge".

Tags: 2009, anthologies, yearly summaries
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