By Adam Roberts | November 19, 2010
Categories: Book News
A copy of Allen Ashely's top-drawer collection Catastrophia popped through the door today. As a contributor (my story is called 'Noose') I got the fancy-pantsy traycased polyautographed hardback edition -- you can see what it looks like over on Ian Sales blog. But you can get your own edition, a full £30 cheaper than that, at the PS Publishing Site. I urge you to do so. It's a very good collection:
Did you grow up on a diet of catastrophe novels? Classics such as "War of the Worlds", "Death of Grass", "Day of the Triffids", "Greybeard", "The Purple Cloud" and so forth? Did you hone your teen angst through a diet of disaster stories?
This book won't exactly take you back to that Golden Age . . . because the purpose of "Catastrophia" is to revitalise this sub-genre of Science Fiction for the early twenty-first century. To bring a modern sensibility and craft to the business of ending the world as we know it. These days, there's plenty of catastrophe on screen - whether it be at the cinema or on TV - but we have somewhat let the subject slip in the literary world. No longer!
Award-winning editor Allen Ashley has collected 18 brilliant brand new stories from a mix of established and emerging authors that will take you way beyond Wyndham and well past Wells. Catastrophe stories are alive and kicking.
Buy this book, read this book . . . while we still have a world in which to do so!
Fade - David Gullen
A Hard Place - Carole Johnstone
Up - Andrew Hook
Stephen's Boat - Billie Bundschuh
Noose - Adam Roberts
Check - Robert Guffey
Something For Nothing - Joe Essid
The Phoney War - Nina Allan
Happy Ending - Simon Clark
Nanoamerica - David John Baker
Pixels on a Screen - Patrick Shuler
Scalped - Jet McDonald
Gravity Wave - Douglas Thompson
In The Face of Disaster - Ian Sales
Trouble With Telebrations - Tim Nickels
The Long Road to the Sea - James L. Sutter
Crashes Stuart Young
Hapless Humanity - Brian W. Aldiss
I re-read my story over lunch. It's not at all bad. Now to read all the other stories.No tags for this post.