Thursday 17 August 2017

Extra, extra

I'm very pleased to have a new short story in this excellent-sounding new anthology featuring a fine line-up of writers, edited by Nick Gevers.

Here's a description of the book:

Among the brilliant visionary scenarios in Extrasolar: military antagonists meet in the atmosphere of a gas giant; gifted children hijack a starship to search out a new home; a superjovian world yields mysterious and much-coveted gemstones; aliens find our solar system disconcertingly paradoxical; a feminist SF writer of the Seventies crafts liberating exoplanetary dreams; the habitats aboard a gargantuan spaceship cater to the needs of truly exotic aliens; and scientists eagerly seeking exoplanets confront a devastating truth. And then there are songs of home and far away and bitter exile; intelligence calling to intelligence across light years and species barriers; utterly immersive dives into perilous planetary atmospheres; brave responses to enigmatic messages from the stars; a machine embracing a Gothic destiny; and a truly different kind of space opera.

And here's the list of stories:

  • Holdfast – Alastair Reynolds
  • Shadows of Eternity – Gregory Benford
  • A Game of Three Generals – Aliette de Bodard
  • The Bartered Planet – Paul Di Filippo
  • Come Home – Terry Dowling
  • The Residue of Fire – Robert Reed
  • Thunderstone – Matthew Hughes
  • Journey to the Anomaly – Ian Watson
  • Canoe -- Nancy Kress
  • The Planet Woman By M.V. Crawford – Lavie Tidhar
  • Arcturean Nocturne – Jack McDevitt
  • Life Signs – Paul McAuley
  • The Fall of the House of Kepler – Ian R. MacLeod
  • The Tale of the Alcubierre Horse – Kathleen Ann Goonan

The book is available to purchase from PS Publishing. More information here:


  1. Is it going to be available on the Kindle?

    1. YES... now: "Extrasolar will be auto-delivered wirelessly to Ken's Kindle for PC. You can go to your device to start reading."

  2. I don't know. There's no Amazon listing for the print version at present. Best keep an eye on the ebooks section of the PS website.

    1. Hello Alistair Reynolds. Have you ever thought of writing short story in a setting where realistic yet near-future technologies are used? I'd love to see you tackle a plot bound to the Solar System, like Stephen Baxter, Neal Stephenson and S.A. Corey have done.

  3. I've done quite a few stories that fit that definition - The Water Thief, The Old Man and the Martian Sea, Vainglory, In Babelsburg...

  4. Too many authors listed that I read. I must get this. Thanks for the heads up.

  5. Also published in Volume 3 of Clarke's best Science Fiction of 2017. My too short review, “Holdfast”, Alastair Reynolds – clearly an homage to Longyear’s ENEMY MINE. This time with a far different ending of the two combatants. Excellent work, as expected from this author. (org. published in ‘Extrasolar’ anthology)