April 20th, 2011

Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

ANNOUNCEMENT: Coming This Fall... RIVER, the Anthology

Announcing... RIVER, the anthology.

Some of you might have been aware that I have been pursuing something of a Sekrit Project for a little while now - and it is time, finally, to begin to unveil it.

Coming this fall, from Dark Quest Books, a jewel of an anthology which it is my privilege to be the editor of, a book called RIVER.

This is the invitation that went out to the participating writers:

"When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come." Leonardo da Vinci

"It begins. Somewhere. An insignificant trickle of water.

You might think it is of no importance. That it does not matter. But you follow where it leads…

...and it grows...

...and it changes...

...and it grows up, and gathers a history, and finds its way into atlases and maps...

...and finally reaches the sea, and vanishes into its vastness.

The journey of a River. Full of life. Full of mystery. Full of stories.

Rivers have always been very important to humankind. They’ve been explored. They’ve been navigated. They’ve been called gods. They’ve been blessed and cursed and venerated and used and enjoyed and exploited and polluted since the beginning of recorded history. They’ve been sung about and dreamed about and followed on epic journeys of discovery. The capitals of empires have risen on banks of rivers – and so have a thousand fishing villages, and river landings, and water mills.

There is only one River. Really. And it’s all of them. Every river is different – and yet they’re all the same, vast and full of life and death and mystery and history and adventure and quiet dreams.

This anthology is a collection of stories about rivers – about The River. It will not have a conventional Table of Contents – it will have a Map of Contents, with individual authors’ stories placed on a map according to where on the curve of a river’s life they may fall."

The full TOC - or the Map of Contents, as it were - will be revealed here in June, complete with individual story titles. In the meantime, let me whet your appetite by just giving you a hint of the identities of the writers who have accepted my invitation to join me on this River Voyage (and these are just the stories I have in hand RIGHT NOW - watch this space for updates and a full list soon):

Seanan McGuire
Jay Lake
Brenda Cooper
Irene Radford
Mary Victoria

There are more stories coming down the pipeline, imminently, by writers whose luminous presence in this anthology will make your eyes shine with anticipation. Keep an eye on this space for additions to this list, and for further announcements as stories come in - and if you are going to be at Norwescon this weekend and want to know more, come find me!

Proudly signing off as
Alma Alexander
Editor, RIVER anthology