From the NewCon Press press release that just hit my inbox:
Fables from the Fountain (ed. Ian Whates) is a volume of all original stories written as homage to Arthur C. Clarke’s Tales from the White Hart, featuring many of today’s top genre writers…
… and some other guy with a silly name. How’d he sneak in there? Item five in the TOC, look:
The Fountain, a traditional London pub situated in Holborn, just off Chancery Lane, where Michael, the landlord, serves excellent real ales and dodgy ploughman’s, ably assisted by barmaids Sally and Bogna (from Poland).
The Fountain, in whose Paradise bar a group of friends – scientists, writers and genre fans – meet regularly on a Tuesday night to swap anecdotes, reveal wondrous events from their past, tell tall tales, talk of classified invention and, maybe, just maybe, save the world…
- Introduction – Peter Weston
- No Smoke without Fire – Ian Whates
- Transients – Stephen Baxter
- Forever Blowing Bubbles – Ian Watson
- On the Messdecks of Madness – Paul Graham Raven
- The Story Bug – James Lovegrove
- And Weep Like Alexander – Neil Gaiman
- The Ghost in the Machine – Colin Bruce
- The Hidden Depths of Bogna – Liz Williams
- A Bird in Hand – Charles Stross
- In Pursuit of the Chuchunaa – Eric Brown
- The Cyberseeds – Steve Longworth
- Feathers of the Dinosaur – Henry Gee
- Book Wurms – Andy West
- The Pocklington Poltergeist – David Langford
- The Last Man in Space – Andrew J Wilson
- A Multiplicity of Phaedra Lament – Peter Crowther
- The Girl With the White Ant Tattoo – Tom Hunter
- The 9,000,000,001st Name of God – Adam Roberts
- About the Authors
Yup, that’s actually a real story by me. In a real book. Alongside writers who… well, just look at that list.
(Yeah, I’ve known about this for a while, but it’s still crazy as hell seeing it in real words.)
Anyway, don’t let my presence in that TOC put you off, because this is for a Good Cause:
2011 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Arthur C Clarke Award. This volume is produced in part to raise funds for the Award, which lost its sponsor last year due to the closure of Sir Arthur’s publishing company. The book will be released May 2011.
Available as an A5 paperback or a dust-jacketed hardback, limited to just 200 copies, each individually numbered and signed by all the authors. Cover art by Dean Harkness.
Price: Paperback, £9.99; Signed Limited Hardback, £29.99
The NewCon Press site is currently offline pending the resolution of some rather troublesome domain registration SNAFU, but I’m told you should be able to pre-order Fables… from Amazon in the fairly near future. More details as I get ’em.