Friday, July 29, 2005


MonkeyBrain Books update

Trying to catch up with all of the sundry administrative stuff I need to do before leaving for Glasgow next Tuesday, I spent a little time today updating the MonkeyBrain Books site. Notably, adding a link to a CafePress shop offering t-shirts and the like (which were requested more times than I could count at San Diego Comic Con), and our tentative 2006 lineup. Tentative because there are one or two other titles that we may be adding, but are still in the midst of negotations, and becuase at least one of these may end up sliding to early 2007, depending on what other deals go through. It still stings that our 2005 lineup, due to circumstances beyond our control, ended up so much smaller than we'd originally planned (three titles down from a projected... well, more than three), so we're trying to make up for some lost ground with next year's offerings.

MonkeyBrain Books is expanding its footprint a bit. With this fall's Adventure anthology, we'll be making our first foray into fiction, having published only nonfiction genre studies previously, and next year's titles include Rudy Rucker's The Hollow Earth, a novel, and Kim Newman's The Man from the Diogenes Club, a short story collection. We've got one or two other exciting projects on tap, but too soon to talk about them, just yet.

To save on the clicky-cliky, here is the current lineup for 2006, in no particular order:

The Art of John Picacio
by John Picacio

The Hollow Earth
by Rudy Rucker

The Man from the Diogenes Club
by Kim Newman

Superhero: The Secret Origin of a Genre
by Peter Coogan

Year's Best SF Writing
edited by Jonathan Strahan & Gary K. Wolfe

Blood and Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard
by Mark Finn

Adventure: Vol. 2
edited by Chris Roberson

The Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes
by Jess Nevins

Will the Strahan/Wolfe antho be a repeat of what they would select in Locus' Recommended Books issue, or will it differ from that?
The Year's Best SF Writing (which currently has just a tentative title), will actually be a collection of nonfiction writing about science fiction. Strahan can probably explain it best himself. The following is a cut from his original proposal for the project:

The history of the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres is a history of fiction in dialog with itself. Writers are intimately aware of whom and what has gone before them, it informs what they write and what they think about what they write. While this is most clearly visible when writers discuss the field, it can also be seen in writings about the field, writings by critics, reviewers, journalists, and, increasingly, bloggers, diarists and unpaid writers.

This rich dialog feeds into all of the work being created today, but there is no single easy place you can go to see the best, the most intelligent, the most perceptive of these writings, until now. The Best SF Writings, to be edited by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe, will search the print and online worlds for the best, the most entertaining, provocative and accessible writings about the field, and bring them together in one place.

Ah, that actually sounds quite cool.
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