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Summary: Anthologies, 2007

Summary: Anthologies, 2007

From 2007 I read 40 different original anthologies. (Some had a couple of reprint stories, but were primarily original.) This is the most I've ever read from one year -- in a tie with last year. As usual, for manageability I'll divide the anthologies into smaller chunks which I will consider in separate posts. These "chunks" are ad hoc, devised by me, and any individual anthology might of course fit better, or at any rate just as well, into a different chunk. For those who think it matters, some of these books included some stories that were not SF (nor fantasy nor horror) by any definition: I haven't bothered to separate these from the rest.

Totals first: 40 books. 590 stories (15 novellas, 122 novelettes, 453 short stories (23 "short-shorts")), somewhat over 3.75 million words. (These totals are slightly larger than last year.)

1. DAW

This includes 12 mass market paperbacks in what is sometimes called DAW's "monthly magazine". That's all the original DAW anthologies -- this is the first year, I think, that I've read all of DAW's originals, certainly the first year I read 12 DAW originals. (Occasionally they either skip a month or include a reprint book.)

The books:
Time Twisters, edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg;
Under Cover of Darkness, edited by Julie E. Czerneda and Jana Paniccia;
If I Were an Evil Overlord, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Russell Davis;
The Secret History of Vampires, edited by Darrell Schweitzer;
Army of the Fantastic, edited by John Marco and John Helfers;
Man vs. Machine, edited by John Helfers and Martin H. Greenberg;
Places to Go, People to Kill, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Brittiany A. Koren;
Pandora's Closet, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Brittiany A. Koren;
Heroes in Training, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Jim C. Hines;
Fate Fantastic, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Daniel M. Hoyt;
Wizards, Inc., edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Loren L. Coleman;
The Future We Wish We Had, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Rebecca A. Lickiss.

Subtotals: 12 books, 177 new stories (20 novelettes, 157 short stories), about 1.05 million words of new fiction. (I am a bit concerned that the longest story was about 11,000 words -- I'd like to see at least occasional long novelettes or even novellas.)

Stats: 77 1/2 of the stories (about 44%) were by women. 54 of the stories (only just over 30%) were SF. (Please note that for these and all the anthologies, my categorization of stories as SF vs. Fantasy is a bit approximate.)

2. Series anthologies (unthemed)

One of the really positive developments in 2007, to my mind, was the appearance of no fewer than four unthemed anthologies, each seemingly aimed at becoming a long running series in the mode of Star or Orbit or New Dimensions or Universe. These were:

Fast Forward 1, edited by Lou Anders;
Eclipse One, edited by Jonathan Strahan;
The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, edited by George Mann;
The Solaris Book of New Fantasy, edited by George Mann.

Subtotals: 4 books, 67 stories (1 novella, 23 novelettes, 43 short-stories (3 short-shorts), about 460,000 words. 1

Stats: 8 of the stories were by women (27%), and 41 were SF (61%).

3. Prime anthologies

Prime, an imprint of Wildside, released three slim anthologies this year, under the general direction of Sean Wallace (with help from Paul G. Tremblay). Jabberwocky mixed poetry and stories, while Fantasy contained all stories, and acted as sort of a sampler of the sort of fiction carried in Fantasy Magazine, and Bandersnatch was all stories, and rather weirder in a way than the others. (There was also a Weird Tales sampler, with a few originals but mostly reprints, which I have covered in the Weird Tales summary post.) (Disclosure: my Best of the Year anthologies are issued by Prime (and another Wildside imprint, Cosmos).)

The books:
Bandersnatch, edited by Sean Wallace and Paul G. Tremblay;
Jabberwocky 3, edited by Sean Wallace;
Fantasy, edited by Sean Wallace and Paul G. Tremblay.

Subtotals: 31 stories: all short (6 of them "short-shorts"), for a total of about 94,000 words.

Stats: 24 of the stories were by women (77%). 3 stories were SF (just under 10%).

4. Themed anthologies from major publishers

Aware that I am getting myself potentially in trouble by drawing a perhaps iffy distinction between "major" and "small press" publishers, I have identified four themed anthologies that appeared from rather big-name publishers (Berkley, Baen, Bantam, and Eos), and got pretty significant distribution. For what it's worth, three of these were also definitely among the best anthologies of the year. These are:

Wizards, edited by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann;
Future Weapons of War, edited by Joe Haldeman and Martin H. Greenberg;
Logorrhea, edited by John Klima;
The New Space Opera, edited by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan.

So, 4 books, 69 stories (4 novellas, 33 novelettes, 32 short stories), about 610,000 words.

Stats: 19 of the stories were by women (27.5%), and 32 were SF (46%).

5. More themed anthologies (from smaller publishers)

This  category includes additional anthologies with obvious themes, but that came from smaller press outlets (and usually got less extensive distribution):

Interfictions, edited by Delia Sherman and Theodora Goss;
Astounding Hero Tales, edited by James Lowder;
Sword and Sorceress XXII, edited by Elisabeth Waters;
disLocations, edited by Ian Whates;
So Fey, edited by Steve Berman.

Subtotals: 5 books, 79 stories (12 novelettes, 67 short stories (4 short-shorts)), about 440,000 words of new fiction. (There were a few reprints.)

Stats: 41.5 of the stories were by women (52.5%), and 11 were SF (14%).

6. YA anthologies

I only put one book in this category, and really it could have gone in the "Themed anthologies from major publishers" category except that I wanted to maintain this category, which I've listed for a few years now. This was:

The Coyote Road, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.

Subtotals: 1 book, 22 stories (3 novelettes and 19 short stories), a bit over 120,000 words.

Stats: 14 stories were by women (64%), and one was (marginally) SF (4.5%).

7. Chapbooks

This category was impacted by my decision to separate the Prime books into their own category, and by the lack of a book from the Rabid Transit folks this year. Only one chapbook anthology, according to my categorization, came my way in 2007:

Midrash, edited by John Benson.

5 stories, all short (two short-shorts), about 13,000 words. 3 stories by women (60%), and 2 SF (40%). I have already covered this along with Benson's magazine, Not One of Us, in an earlier post, so their won't be a separate post on just this book.

A total of 46 short stories (7 short-shorts), just over 180,000 words of fiction. (And, it should be added, quite a bit of poetry as well.)

8. Novella anthologies

Just to prove how eccentric my categorization is, this includes the one book that would have fit last year's category "SFBC anthologies", and another book that last year I would have stuck with the themed anthologies, and in a previous year would have fit with the category "Romantic Fantasy" anthologies. But, all the stories in these two books were novellas! So:

Alien Crimes, edited by Mike Resnick;
Elemental Magic, no editor listed.

So, 2 books, 10 stories, all novellas, just shy of 275,000 words of fiction.

Stats: 6 stories by women, 6 SF stories. (You can all do the math: 60% in each case.)

9. From Other Countries

Another traditional category, with just two entries this year, one Canadian and one Australian. (I missed at least one further Australian anthology, another Daikaju book, about monsters (not my favorite subgenre.) So:

Tesseracts Eleven, edited by Cory Doctorow and Holly Phillips [Canada];
Fantastic Wonder Stories, edited by Russell B. Farr [Australia].

Subtotals: 2 books, 38 stories (7 novelettes, 31 short stories (1 short-short)), almost exactly 200,000 words of fiction.

Stats: 17 stories by women (45%), 15 SF stories (39%).

10. From Newer Writers

These books were mostly somewhat obscurely published (with the exception of the Writers of the Future book), and seemed to be almost exclusively focussed on new writers, either by design or happenstance. (With a couple of mild exceptions: Tim Pratt, for examples, shows up in one of these books.)

Writers of the Future, Volume XXIII, edited by Algis Budrys;
Triangulation: End of Time, edited by Pete Butler;
Unparalleled Journeys II, edited by Edward Knight and David M. Fitzgerald;
Tales from the Secret City, edited by Cryptopolis.

Subtotals: 4 books, 53 stories (14 novelettes, 39 short stories (5 short-shorts)), about 290,000 words of new fiction. (There were a couple of reprints.)

Stats: 12 stories by women (23%), 49 SF stories (92%).

11. Hadley-Rille books

These should probably have been include with the themed anthologies from smaller publishers, but I didn't see them until very late in the year, so I pushed them into a new category, after the publisher.

Visual Journeys, edited by Eric T. Reynolds;
Ruins Extraterrestrial, edited by Eric T. Reynolds.

Subtotals: 2 books, 39 stories (10 novelettes, 29 short stories (2 short-shorts)), about 215,000 words of new fiction. (There were a couple of reprints.)

Stats: 7 stories by women (18%), and all the stories were SF.

 


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the_flea_king From: the_flea_king Date: February 1st, 2008 04:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I have to ask, Rich. Just how dang fast do you read??
From: ecbatan Date: February 1st, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not all that impressively fast -- typically about 400 wpm (very roughly a page a minute). (Faster if a story really doesn't seem worth it.)

Back in HS I read a speed reading book and pushed it up to 800 or so, but then I started reading poetry. And for poetry I have to be able to "hear" the words in my head, and when I do that it only goes about 400 wpm. (Probably much slower for serious poetry, of course.) I think, for me at any rate, "hearing" the words really helps in appreciating good prose as well.)
the_flea_king From: the_flea_king Date: February 1st, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am still impressed. That must mean you devote many, many hours of each day to reading. I am surprised you have time to post anything to the internet, really.
bluetyson From: bluetyson Date: February 2nd, 2008 06:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Plenty of people devote many hours a day to television or computer games and manage to post to the internet, though. ;-)
the_flea_king From: the_flea_king Date: February 2nd, 2008 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
If they posted exhaustive lists of everything they played and watched, I would be impressed with that too :)
girliejones From: girliejones Date: February 1st, 2008 08:04 am (UTC) (Link)
You didn't think anthols lik Wizards and also Fast Forward were YA?
From: ecbatan Date: February 1st, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
To be honest I never thought of Fast Forward as YA. Wizards -- yes, you can make a good argument for it. As good an argument as for The Coyote Road in terms of content, if not marketing. In fact, here's what Gardner Dozois wrote about the marketing of Wizards:

"WIZARDS was pitched, and bought, as a Young Adult anthology, and the authors wrote their stories with that in mind, but once the book came out, it transpired that the publishers, in their infinite wisdom, had decided not to label it a YA, or publish it as one either. Were they right? Who knows? It hsa sold pretty well as a regular fantasy title, and it's impossible to say if it would have done better or worse if it'd been brought out as a YA book instead."

(Incidentally, Wizards was published in the UK under a different title: Dark Alchemy.)

So, indeed, I could easily have listed at least Wizards in the YA category. And I probably either should have done that, or just moved The Coyote Road to the Themed category. But I wanted to keep the YA continuity -- I know in 2007 we will see at least The Starry Rift as YA.

--
Rich
girliejones From: girliejones Date: February 1st, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
(we got it in Australia as Dark Alchemy too)
bluetyson From: bluetyson Date: February 2nd, 2008 06:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Funnily enough, the local library has both versions. :)

(I don't think Fast Forward is YA by either content, or intention, either cf Elizabeth Bear, etc.).
snickelish From: snickelish Date: February 1st, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much for both collecting and posting all this information each year. As a reader, I find out about anthologies and magazines I hadn't really looked at before, and sometimes even specific stories - I looked up Yoon Ha Lee's "Screamers" in Ideomancer specifically because you mentioned it. And as an author, I get a whole lot of useful market information and an occasional egoboo. :)
bluetyson From: bluetyson Date: February 2nd, 2008 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting stuff.

Apart from DAW and the Solaris books, how many mass market?

Thought about this after browsing an old YB where Dozois talks about the cost of buying all the anthologies, at least SFwise, some years back, and even 10 years ago, the decline of mass market publication.
From: ecbatan Date: February 2nd, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Writers of the Future</> book was mass-market. And I wouldn't be surprised if eventually we saw a mass market edition of the Baen book, Future Weapons of War. But yeah, trade paper is the basic format of choice, with the occasional hardcover.

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