Last year my sci-fi novella ‘Missionary’ was published in Endless Worlds Vol 1, part of an anthology of seven sci-fi, fantasy and horror stories. That was an initial release pending the issue of the full publication. And that’s out now – paperback, e-book and a very cool new cover.
The thing about anthologies is that there’s something in them for everyone. Back in the old days – well, the twentieth century, anthologies were a staple of the sci-fi world. They spun out of the buoyant ‘pulp’ magazine market of the day, typically reissuing tales that had already seen the light of day but which deserved being re-read. British publisher Victor Gollanzc pushed them out at a rate of knots, often in their trademark yellow cover, often edited by Damon Knight.
They had wide appeal because of their variety – there really was something in them for everyone. Today that magazine market’s less buoyant, but appetites for this sort of genre aren’t reduced.
Endless Worlds is different, though. Every story in it was written for the collection. It’s original. And it’s new. What’s more, the publisher commissioned special artwork for each of the main characters. That was a challenge for the authors. What does your character really look like?
I blathered about mine, Cam Suttler – an alcoholic minister who, somehow, has to do stuff he can’t handle when his ship is confronted by aliens. I had no idea about his appearance. ‘Make him look like Elvis Costello,’ I said. ‘No – Gordon Freeman. No – Costello.’ It’s a tribute to the talent of the artist that he came up with something that instead absolutely captured the vision I had of the character.
The pre-release got some excellent reviews. And now you’ve got the chance to check it out for yourself. In paperback. And on Kindle.
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2016