Speculative Fiction 2012, The Years Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary, edited by Landon and ShurinLazy cut & paste job here, since I clearly have nothing else to prove to the online SFF writing/fandom circle.

Speculative Fiction 2012: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary announced its lineup of contributors, Wednesday. Edited by bloggers Justin Landon (Staffer’s Book Review- US) and Jared Shurin (Pornokitsch – UK), SpecFic ’12 collects over fifty pieces from science fiction and fantasy’s top authors, bloggers and critics.

Author and podcasting sensation Mur Lafferty, whose newest novel The Shambling Guide to New York City is due out from Orbit Books this Spring, has agreed to write the foreword. “Lafferty’s writing career germinated online. She’s been a pioneer in the space and understands why the work in this book is so important. She’s the perfect person to put it into context,” said Landon.

Landon and Shurin also announced that they will pass the torch in 2013, establishing a precedent of rotating editors every year. The 2013 volume will be edited by Thea James and Ana Grilo of The Book Smugglers. Shurin commented, “We’re excited to see this move forward with Thea and Ana. They have a great perspective on the genre community that’s also very different from our own. 2013 couldn’t be in better hands. I’m really looking forward to working with them as Jurassic London continues to publish the series.”

The contributor list includes:

I’m quite thrilled to not only be included, but to have also published two other pieces that will appear in the collection. Who and which pieces? Well, you’ll just have to read the collection to find out!

It’s a very strong list of writers, and I’m please to noticed several names that I’m unfamiliar with. Exposing readers to new writers is one of the express purposes of this collection, and I’m already on my way to broadening my online reading habits. So, good. News that Ana and Thea at The Book Smugglers will be editing the collection next year is also some very happy news, and I’m certain they will do a wonderful job carrying on where Jared and Justin left off and continuing to grow the collection into an important yearly publication.

  • Adam (@sensawunda) March 21, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Congrats Aidan! That’s a serious line-up of talent there. Any idea when it’s going to be released?

  • Aidan Moher March 21, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Thanks, Adam! I believe the collection is set for publication at the end of April.

  • Justin March 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks, Aidan. Actually we had to trim your articles by 50% to include both Hurley and McCalmont’s pieces. Oh well ;)

  • Aidan Moher March 21, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Well, I like Hurley and McCalmont’s writing… so, I suppose that’s okay.

  • Jared March 22, 2013 at 3:20 am

    I thought we just trimmed Aidan’s piece down to his name?