For the last few years, Nightshade Books has been one of my favorite publishers. Their catalog is full of debut authors that just don’t fit well into any of the usual categories. Rob Ziegler’s new novel Seed is a novel of ecological collapse. The setting is about 100 years in the future in an America that has disintegrated into migrating populations shifting north and south to avoid the worst of the increasingly severe seasons. The only source of seed is the mysterious Satori company and the last vestiges of the government are becoming forgotten and impotent.
One of my great sorrows at work is that most of the books that pass over my desk aren’t interesting to me in the least. So it was much to my delight that I discovered a copy of Stephen Hunt’s Secrets of the Fire Sea on my desk last week. It was a UK edition, since the US version doesn’t release for another couple months and that made it that much more exciting. I’ve been reading this series for a few years now and I have often lamented that the US editions are arriving more than a year after the original UK publication. It should be criminal I tell ya.
I don’t read many anthologies. I don’t read much in the way of short fiction. Sometimes a collection hews to a theme that moves me. That’s the way it was with this anthology from Night Shade Books. I’m a sucker for both the apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction. It might be similar to my love of desolate and grim westerns. It may stem from all those viewings of the Road Warrior that devoured my childhood.
A little while back, Irene Gallo posted about the cover design for Tor’s new reissue of Stand on Zanzibar. I’d never read any Brunner and I was intrigued, as Tor’s previous reissues have been pretty solid recommendations. I was able to pick up a reasonably priced used copy, so I decided to give it a spin.