Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week I'm waiting on a couple of anthologies. Old Mars is a tribute to the pulp tales of the early 20th century, when people still thought there might be canals on Mars, and imagined decadent civilizations and ruined cities, beautiful princesses and romance beneath two moons. The John Carter books by Edgar Rice Burroughs come to mind of course. I'm a sucker for those stories, I have to say, and while they read differently to me as an adult, I still get a thrill when I think back to reading them as a teen. This should be a lot of fun. Pub date is Oct. 8th 2013.
RED PLANET BLUES (Introduction) by George R.R. Martin
MARTIAN BLOOD, by Allen M. Steele
THE UGLY DUCKLING, by Matthew Hughes
THE WRECK OF THE MARS ADVENTURE, by David D. Levine
SWORDS OF ZAR-TU-KAN, by S.M. Stirling
SHOALS, by Mary Rosenblum
IN THE TOMBS OF THE MARTIAN KINGS, by Mike Resnick
OUT OF SCARLIGHT, by Liz Williams
THE DEAD SEA-BOTTOM SCROLLS, by Howard Waldrop
A MAN WITHOUT HONOR, by James S.A. Corey
WRITTEN IN DUST, by Melinda Snodgrass
THE LOST CANAL, by Michael Moorcock
THE SUNSTONE, by Phyllis Eisenstein
KING OF THE CHEAP ROMANCE, by Joe R. Lansdale
MARINER, by Chris Roberson
THE QUEEN OF NIGHT’S ARIA, by Ian McDonald
An early review is here.
A companion volume of sorts, Old Venus is likewise a tribute to the pulp tales of yore. As a kid I was enthralled with the idea of a water world waiting to be explored under the clouds of Venus. It didn't turn out that way, of course, but hey we can always dream, right? This one's a little farther out, in 2014, and I don't see a cover anywhere yet, but here is some info.
From Martin's website:
OLD VENUS DELIVERED
July 29, 2013The last revision on OLD VENUS has been completed, and will be delivered later today July 29th 2013. The latest original anthology done by Gardner Dozois and George RR Martin, OLD VENUS is comprised of sixteen stories all set on the old watery pulp retro Venus of the sixties, with its swamps, dinosaurs, and web-footed Venusians.
The final lineup for this one will look like this:
INTRODUCTION, by Gardner Dozois
FROGHEADS, by Allen M. Steele
THE DROWNED CELESTRIAL, by Lavie Tidhar
PLANET OF FEAR, by Paul McAuley
GREEVES AND THE EVENING STAR, by Matthew Hughes
A PLANET CALLED DESIRE, by Gwyneth Jones
LIVING HELL, by Joe Haldeman
BONES OF AIR, BONES OF STONE, by Stephen Leigh
RUINS, by Eleanor Arnason
THE TUMBLEDOWNS OF CLEOPATRA ABYSEE, by David Brin
BY FROGSLED AND LIZARDBACK TO OUTCAST VENUSIAN LEPERS, by Garth Nix
THE SUNSET OF TIME, by Michael Cassutt
PALE BLUE MEMORIES, by Tobias S. Buckell
THE HEART’S FILTHY LESSON, by Elizabeth Bear
THE WIZARD OF THE TREES, by Joe R. Lansdale
THE GODSTONE OF VENUS, by Mike Resnick
BOTANICA VENERIS: THIRTEEN PAPERCUTS BY IDA COUNTESS RATHANGAN, by Ian McDonald
Look for OLD VENUS in 2014, about a year after the official release of OLD MARS.