Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Table of contents - "One Small Step: an anthology of discoveries" edited by Tehani Wessely

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” is a phrase that hardly needs any presentation. One of the widely known, Neil Armstrong’s phrase is also the starting point for Tehani Wessely’s anthology, “One Small Step: an anthology of discoveries”, due to be published by FableCroft Publishing. It is a collection based on the idea of new discoveries and beginnings, of “small steps”. I admit that I do have a weak spot for discoveries, but more for those of the Age of Discovery rather than of the Space Race. Not for the exploitation and injustices brought by the Age of Discovery – although those addressed properly and with speculative fiction touches would make an interesting anthology too – but for the sense of adventure and mystery surrounding these explorations and expeditions. This is the starting point in my interest for Tehani Wessely’s “One Small Step”, but what won me over is the presence in the collection of authors such as Deborah Biancotti, Lisa L. Hannett, Angela Slatter and Tansy Rayner Roberts. These four names alone would sell me any anthology, because these wonderful ladies are among my favorite writers, but the curiosity of discovery, since we are talking of new “small steps”, new authors is an attraction for the collection too. After all, most of the names on the table of contents are unknown to me, but like I said, enough reasons to make an exploration myself. What this literary journey would reveal remains to be found in early 2013 when Tehani Wessely’s “One Small Step” will be released.

“Sand and Seawater” by Joanne Anderton & Rabia Gale
“Indigo Gold” by Deborah Biancotti
“Firefly Epilogue” by Jodi Cleghorn
“The Ways of the Wyrding Women” by Rowena Cory Daniells
“The ships of Culwinna” by Thoraiya Dyer
“Shadows” by Kate Gordon
“By Blood and Incantation” by Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter
“Ella and the Flame” by Kathleen Jennings
“Original” by Penny Love
“Always Greener” by Michelle Marquardt
“Morning Star” by DK Mok
“Winter’s Heart” by Faith Mudge
“Cold White Daughter” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
“Baby Steps” by Barbara Robson
“Number 73 Glad Avenue” by Suzanne J Willis


Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

It's interesting how Neil Armstrong has pervaded every aspect of our culture.

Mihai A. said...

True :)