As you may or may not be aware, I’m an author.  I’ve got a few different things out there that you can read, and hope to have many more out there as soon as possible.  I also do a podcast here at SF Signal, and another one over at Functional Nerds.  So when JohnD linked me to this piece from Sword and Laser, I saw a melding of medias that deserved a little attention here at SF Signal.

Sword and Laser is the podcast from Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont that incorporates Tom’s love of Scifi and Veronica’s love of Fantasy, along with a popular book club, to promote genre fiction to readers of all ages and tastes.  It’s a great show and you should check it out either in audio or video.  Your choice.  But now they’re doing something different, something that bridges their podcast with their love of fiction – The Sword and Laser Anthology.

I’ll give you the details here in a second, but I have to first admit a little envy.  I have wanted to do something like this for a while now.  Specifically, I wanted to get a group of authors together and do a shared-world anthology.  Still do.  Still might, someday.  So to see that Tom and Veronica have gotten theirs pulled together – yeah, envy.

There aren’t a lot of details about the S&L Antho yet.  What we do know is this:

  • Open submissions will begin in March 2013.
  • They’re looking for unpublished, new material.
  • Genres: science fiction, fantasy, and everything in between.
  • Word count preferably between 1500-7500 (though more or less will not disqualify you).
  • And, they don’t want anyone sending them anything yet.  They aren’t ready for it.

Looking at the bullets above, I wonder about their open genre policy.  Can an anthology do well today without having at least a base theme connecting them?  I mean, you see a lot of that.  I’ll pick on my friend John Joseph Adams here for examples sake.  His recent (and upcoming) anthologies include The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom, Brave New Worlds (Dystopian Stories), Epic, and Other Worlds Than These.  All of these have something in common; a theme.

Will you read an anthology that has hard scifi, sword and sorcery, urban fantasy and a fairytale or two in it?  I wonder.  People are always telling me they don’t want peanut butter in their chocolate (or chocolate in their peanut butter), when it comes to genre stuff.

I’m curious to see how this shakes out and what they come up with.  Both Tom and Veronica are well read and know what they do and don’t like, so an anthology with their name on it has the promise of being very well done.

Again, here’s the link.  What do you think?  Good idea?  Bad idea?

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