Saturday 28 October 2017

Infinite Stars

Out now is Infinite Stars, a mixed reprint/original anthology edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt:

The book contains an entirely new 16,000 word story of mine, entitled "Night Passage", which happens to be set in the Revelation Space universe. The story revolves around the discovery of the first "Shroud", a class of alien artefact which goes on to play a significant role in the future history.

My story took about five years to write, so I am very pleased to finally see it both completed and in print.

Here are the stories:

“Renegat” (Ender) by Orson Scott Card
“The Waters Of Kanly” (Dune) by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson
“The Good Shepherd” (Legion of the Damned) by William C. Dietz
“The Game Of Rat and Dragon” by Cordwainer Smith 1956 Hugo Best Story, 1955 Galaxy SF, October
“The Borders of Infinity” (Vorkosigan) by Lois McMaster Bujold
“All In A Day’s Work” (Vatta’s War) by Elizabeth Moon
“Last Day Of Training” (Lightship Chronicles) by Dave Bara
“The Wages of Honor” (Skolian Empire) by Catherine Asaro
“Binti” by Nnedi Okorafor TOR.COM, 2015; 2016 Nebula/Hugo/BFA Best Novella
“Reflex” (CoDominium) by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
“How To Be A Barbarian in the Late 25th Century” (Theirs Not To Reason Why) by Jean Johnson
“Stark and the Star Kings” (Eric John Stark) by Leigh Brackett and Edmond Hamilton
“Imperium Imposter” (Imperium) by Jody Lynn Nye
“Region Five” (Red Series) by Linda Nagata
“Night Passage” (Revelation Space) by Alastair Reynolds
“Duel on Syrtis” by Poul Anderson
“Twilight World” (StarBridge) by A.C. Crispin
“Twenty Excellent Reasons” (The Astral Saga) by Bennett R. Coles
“The Ship Who Sang” by Anne McCaffrey
“Taste of Ashes” (Caine Riardon) by Charles E. Gannon
“The Iron Star” by Robert Silverberg
“Cadet Cruise” (Lt. Leary) by David Drake
“Shore Patrol” (Lost Fleet) by Jack Campbell
“Our Sacred Honor” (Honorverse) by David Weber

And here is a link to the editor's website, where there are a number of purchasing options:


  1. Looks like a great collection. I read a lot of these authors.

  2. Hi AR! Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed "Night Passage" and it was great to visit the Revelation Space universe again. It will never get old for me. There's just something about that universe in all its wonder and brutality, all the worldbuilding you've done and the small details that make it feel so real.

    I especially like getting glimpses of other lighthugger crews, with different priorities and morals. I believe this is the fourth now, counting the crew of the Nostalgia for Infinity, the crew in "Weather," and those serving on the Gnostic Ascension under Queen Jasmina.

    I'm wondering, would Captain Bernsdottir and her crew be considered Ultras? Or does the concept of Ultras come into play only after the Conjoiners stopped building their drives and lighthuggers became scarce? I get the impression that, once the Conjoiners put a moratorium on creating new c-drives, lighthuggers became pretty much the most valuable items in human existence. It makes me wonder how some of those crews came to be in possession of them.

    Thank you for revisiting this universe...I'm looking forward to Elysium Fire! Cheers

  3. Hi Nik. I had to think for a moment but there's also the crew in the story "The Last Log of the Lachrimosa" which you may not have seen as we haven't collected it yet.

    As for the Ultras, they probably start becoming a "thing" somewhere in the 200 years between this story and Revelation Space, as interstellar travel moves out of the control of planets and governments and becomes more of a freelance activity. That's my version, anyway...

  4. Oh, and the crew in "Monkey Suit", as well...