I’m very happy to announce that I’ve sold the rights to a book on SF History to British publisher Jurassic London! Since April 2012, I’ve been writing a column on the subject for Kirkus Reviews, which has been a fantastic experience thus far. Since starting with them, my end goal has always been to collect the columns together into a larger work, and Jared has been a vocal and enthusiastic proponent for it. (Seriously, he calls it required reading!)
I’m pretty thrilled to have this land here. I’m a big fan of the books that Jurassic London has put out, especially their short fiction anthologies: The Lowest Heaven was a fantastic read, and I’m eagerly getting ready to read their latest, Book of the Dead.
This book isn’t going to be a collection of the columns, but they are going to form a bit of the backbone. My aim here is to look at the history of the genre and its relationship with the readers and authors, but also the relationship between society and technology. In my work with Kirkus, I’ve been trying to emphasize some of the important, but lesser known authors and editors working within the genre, and I’m hoping that it’ll be a nice addition to some of the other popular works on SF history.
This is going to be Jurassic London’s first foray into original non-fiction, and while we don’t have a title for this book yet, we are aiming for an early 2015 release. Read their release here.