[NOTE: This is part of a series of Q&As with the Shirley Jackson Award nominees.]
Jared Shurin set up the publishing house Jurassic London in 2011, and has edited or co-edited 9 anthologies of original fiction in conjunction with not-for-profit partners such as English PEN, Tate Britain and the Royal Observatory. In 2013 he was selected as one of the Guardian/Hospital Club’s top ten Pioneers and Innovators in publishing. His work as an editor and a blogger has been nominated for several prizes, including the British Fantasy, BSFA and Hugo Awards. He is on Twitter at @pornokitsch and blogs at www.pornokitsch.com.
Jared kindly answered a few of my questions…
Kristin Centorcelli: Congrats on the Shirley Jackson Award nomination! Will you tell us about the nominated anthology and what inspired the collection?
REVIEW SUMMARY: Another anthology from Jared Shurin’s Jurassic London imprint satisfyingly takes on yet another unexpected subject.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Mummies get their due in an anthology with strong stories from Paul Cornell, Gail Carriger, Maria Dahvana Headley and more.
PROS: Mummies! A wide range of tone, subject, and style gives something for every taste; good use of illustrations.
CONS: A couple of the stories don’t quite reach the high standard of the real highlights.
BOTTOM LINE: A solid and strong anthology of stories in an underexplored corner of the fantastic.
Here is the table of contents for the upcoming anthology The Book of the Dead edited by Jared Shurin:
Here’s the book description:
The Book of the Dead addresses the most fascinating of all the undead: the mummy. The mummy can be a figure of imperial dignity or one of shambling terror, at home in pulp adventure, contemporary drama, or apocalyptic horror. The anthology will be published in collaboration with the Egypt Exploration Society, the UK’s oldest independent funder of archaeological fieldwork and research in Egypt, dedicated to the promotion and understanding of ancient Egyptian history and culture.
This anthology includes nineteen original stories of revenge, romance, monsters and mayhem, ranging freely across time periods, genres and styles. The stories are illustrated by Garen Ewing, creator of The Adventures of Julius Chancer and introduced by John J. Johnston, Vice Chair of the Egypt Exploration Society.
Here’s the table of contents…
REVIEW SUMMARY: An indispensable collection of short fiction set in every corner of our solar system, and a bit beyond.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: An anthology produced in conjunction with the Royal Observatory Greenwich, with stories set across the solar system by some of the best authors currently writing in the short SF/F market.
PROS: An incredible array of stories representing an impressive range of subgenres, settings and characters.
CONS: As with any anthology, some stories miss their mark.
BOTTOM LINE: Fans of short SF/F shouldn’t pass this one up.
If there’s one reason to pick up the latest anthology from publishers Jurassic London, it’s the incredible Joey Hi-Fi cover that graces the front of the book. It’s elegant, and shows just what you’re to expect: a collection of short stories that take place in almost every major spot in our solar system. Like the cover, the fiction that follows it rarely disappoints.
The table of contents for the upcoming anthology Pandemonium: The Lowest Heaven edited by Edited by Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin has been posted.
But first, here’s the book description:
The Lowest Heaven is new anthology of contemporary science fiction published in partnership with the Royal Observatory Greenwich to coincide with Visions of the Universe, a major exhibition of space imagery.
Each story in The Lowest Heaven is themed around a body in the Solar System, from the Sun to Halley’s Comet. The stories are illustrated with photographs and artwork selected from the archives of the Royal Observatory, while the book’s cover and overall design are the work of award-winning South African illustrator Joey Hi-Fi. [Still TBD as of this writing — ed.]
Items from the Royal Observatory’s collection of astronomical photography will also be on display as part of Visions of the Universe, alongside images from world-class telescopes and recent space missions. The exhibition opens in June at the National Maritime Museum.
The Lowest Heaven is released on 13 June 2013. It will be available in three editions – a trade paperback, an eBook and a numbered hardcover release, exclusively available through this site and the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Here’s the table of contents…