Monday 18 March 2013

A Map of Mercury

I've written a story entitled "A Map of Mercury", which will appear in Pandemonium: The Lowest Heaven, an original anthology of stories to be published in June in partnership with the Royal Observatory Greenwich and related to celestial bodies in the solar system. You can read a bit more about the book here:

And here is the table of contents:

  • Introduction by Dr. Marek Kukula (Royal Observatory Greenwich)
  • "Golden Apple" by Sophia McDougall (The Sun)
  • "A Map of Mercury" by Alastair Reynolds (Mercury)
  • "The Happiest Place on [Expletive Deleted] Venus" by Archie Black (Venus)
  • "The Krakatoan" by Maria Dahvana Headley (Earth)
  • "An account of a voyage from World to World again, by way of the Moon, 1726" by Adam Roberts (The Moon)
  • "WWBD" by Simon Morden (Mars)
  • "Saga's Children" by E.J. Swift (Ceres)
  • "The Jupiter Files" by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (Jupiter)
  • "Magnus Lucretius" by Mark Charan Newton (Europa)
  • "Air, Water and the Grove" by Kaaron Warren (Saturn)
  • "Only Human" by Lavie Tidhar (Titan)
  • "Uranus" by Esther Saxey (Uranus)
  • "From This Day Forward" by David Bryher (Neptune)
  • "We'll Always Be Here" by S.L. Grey (Pluto & Charon)
  • "Enyo-Enyo" by Kameron Hurley (Eris)
  • "The Comet's Tale" by Matt Jones (Halley's Comet)
  • "The Grand Tour" by James Smythe (Voyager I)

Looks rather enticing, doesn't it? My story deals with an art broker's attempts to negotiate with a bohemian "Cyborg Artistic Collective" living on the surface of Mercury and was inspired, in a small way, by the giant sculptural installations of the Burning Man festival.

Mercury geologic map courtesy NASA/USGS.


  1. A few new author's for me to sample! Looks tempting!

  2. I'm tempted by the signed edition, Is it signed by the story authors do you know Alastair?

  3. Guess it will be a pleasant surprise then :-)

    Ordered myself a copy

  4. Alastair, just got my copy of The Lowest Heaven, sadly here in The States it is merely a print on demand, sigh...however the collection over all is just superb

    This Labor Day I've read A Map of Mercury twice, can't stop thinking of it. Such a lovely elegant piece and not without a good dash of humour either! Just wanted to dash off a quick note to say thank you for ALL that you write and this new piece in particular (well and A Spy in Europa and Grafenwalder's Bestiary too) Many many thanks Sir :)