L'apocalypse en anthologie


En janvier sort une anthologie sur l'Apocalpyse aux etats Unis.

Au sommaire des textes de George R.R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, Carol Emshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, Octavia E. Butler, et Stephen King.

Voici le descriptif. Ca fait bien envie en tout cas :

Famine, Death, War, and Pestilence: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the harbingers of Armageddon - these are our guides through the Wastelands . . .
From the Book of Revelation to The Road Warrior; from A Canticle for Leibowitz to The Road, storytellers have long imagined the end of the world, weaving eschatological tales of catastrophe, chaos, and calamity. In doing so, these visionary authors have addressed one of the most challenging and enduring themes of imaginative fiction: the nature of life in the aftermath of total societal collapse.

Gathering together the best post-apocalyptic literature of the last two decades from many of today's most renowned authors of speculative fiction - including George R.R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, Carol Emshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, Octavia E. Butler, and Stephen King - Wastelands explores the scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means to remain human in the wake of Armageddon. Whether the end of the world comes through nuclear war, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm, these are tales of survivors, in some cases struggling to rebuild the society that was, in others, merely surviving, scrounging for food in depopulated ruins and defending themselves against monsters, mutants, and marauders.

Complete with introductions and an indispensable appendix of recommendations for further reading, Wastelands delves into this bleak landscape, uncovering the raw human emotion and heart-pounding thrills at the genre's core.

Il y a une interview de l'anthologiste John Joseph Adams ici

"GFTW: Who, in your opinion, are the greatest short story writers of the speculative fiction genre, living or dead?

JJA: Off the top of my head, the first names that come to mind are Jeffrey Ford, Lucius Shepard, and M. Rickert. I think they're writing some of the best short fiction anywhere on the planet at the moment.

And though he's better known for his novels and the films based upon them, Stephen King really is a master of the short form. Incidentally, I was glad to hear that he's thinking of spending more time writing short fiction, a decision inspired by his recent tenure as editor of The Best American Short Stories 2007. (And glad that he sold one of those new pieces of short fiction to F&SF.)

Similarly, George R. R. Martin has a wealth of great short fiction in his catalog, which has mostly been collected in the mammoth, two-volume Dreamsongs. I've been listening to the audiobook of that recently, re-reading some of my old favorites and discovering others I hadn't gotten to yet. I think the Song of Ice and Fire is his true masterwork, but he's written plenty of short stories that could have vied for that title.

Although he wasn't prolific enough to be mentioned as one of the greatest writers, Daniel Keyes wrote what is without question my favorite short story, "Flowers for Algernon." Which is, incidentally, followed very closely behind by "The Deathbird" by Harlan Ellison--another writer worthy of adding to such a list. I was going to say he's really the only one I can think of who made his entire career out of short fiction, but that's not necessarily true anymore; two more recent examples of such are the great Kelly Link and Ted Chiang, two brilliant writers whose entire catalog to date has been short fiction. Of course, in the case of those two, they're both quite young, so it's a bit too early to put a label on their careers.

But I should really stop now, because this list could go on for a long, long time. "

Je sais pas vous mais toutes ces anthologies (avec celle sur le steampunk), ça me fait bien envie...
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