Check out the impressive table of contents for the anthology Twenty-First Century Science Fiction edited by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden, coming later this year (November):

Here’s the book description:

Twenty-First Century Science Fiction is an enormous anthology of short stories—close to 250,000 words—edited by two of the most prestigious and award-winning editors in the SF field and featuring recent stories from some of science fiction’s greatest up-and-coming authors.

David Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden have long been recognized as two of the most skilled and trusted arbiters of the field, but Twenty-First Century Science Fiction presents fans’ first opportunities to see what their considerable talents come up with together, and also to get a unique perspective on what’s coming next in the science fiction field.

The anthology includes authors ranging from bestselling and established favorites to incandescent new talents including Paolo Bacigalupi, Cory Doctorow, Catherynne M. Valente, John Scalzi, Jo Walton, Charles Stross, Elizabeth Bear, and Peter Watts, and the stories selected include winners and nominees of all of the science fiction field’s major awards.

Here’s the table of contents:
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Tor.com quickly established itself as one of the web’s premiere online venues of high quality free fiction. Like they did last year, they are collecting some of the best stories from their archives during the last 12 months. And they’re offering for in DRM-Free, eBook format for the low, low price of nothing.

Here’s the table of contents:

  1. Dormanna” by Gene Wolfe
  2. Portrait of Lisane de Patagnia” by Rachel Swirsky
  3. The Mongolian Wizard” by Michael Swanwick
  4. A Tall Tail” by Charles Stross
  5. The Ghosts of Christmas” by Paul Cornell
  6. The Finite Canvas” by Brit Mandelo
  7. Am I Free to Go?” by Kathryn Cramer
  8. About Fairies” by Pat Murphy
  9. Our Human” by Adam-Troy Castro
  10. Faster Gun” by Elizabeth Bear

Sure, you could read these online for free. But why not pick up your favorite eBook reader and read it?

The free eBook is available from Amazon or iTunes. (Presumably a Nook version is coming soon)

MIND MELD: The Apple iPad: Sizzle or Fizzle?

Science fiction fans love new gadgets. The most recently hyped gadget is the Apple iPad. Sure, it’s sexy, but like any gadget, it has its pros and cons.

We asked this week’s panelists:

Q: Do you own an Apple iPad? If so, what are the things you like and dislike about it? If not, are you thinking of getting one? Why or why not?

Here’s what they said.

Marie Brennan
Marie Brennan is the author of the Onyx Court series of historical fantasy novels: Midnight Never Come, In Ashes Lie, and the upcoming A Star Shall Fall. She has also published nearly thirty short stories. More information at www.swantower.com.

Full disclosure: my brother works on the iPad. Which doesn’t give me any special insights or advantages — I spent a year and a half not knowing what his job was, just that he’d been moved to a new team at Apple, before they announced the thing publicly — but if you want to read bias into this, go ahead.

I don’t own an iPad, and am not likely to buy one any time soon, for a variety of reasons: cost paired with lack of immediate pressing need, caution regarding the first generation of *anything*, etc. Having said that, when I saw the specs of the iPad, I admit it looked attractive, for two reasons.

Weight/size and battery life…

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