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Edge of Infinity

Released 27 November 2012

By Jonathan Strahan

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The critics are already raving about Edge of Infinity – Solaris’s exhilarating new SF anthology, featuring some of the biggest names in SF today, including Hannu Rajaniemi, Alastair Reynolds, and Stephen Baxter.

Brought to you by the creators of acclaimed anthology Engineering Infinity, Edge of Infinity looks at the next giant leap for humankind: into the Solar System. From the eerie transformations in Pat Cadigan’s “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi” to the grandiose vision of Alastair Reynolds’ “Vainglory”; the thirteen stories span the whole of the human condition in its race to colonise Earth’s nearest neighbours.

Featuring stories by Hannu Rajaniemi, Alastair Reynolds, James S. A. Corey, John Barnes, Stephen Baxter, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Elizabeth Bear, Pat Cadigan, Gwyneth Jones, Paul McAuley, Sandra McDonald, Stephen D. Covey, An Owomoyela, and Bruce Sterling, Edge of Infinity is hard SF adventure at its best and most exhilarating.

“Easily the best original science fiction anthology of the year, by a good margin.”
-Locus

 “A well-chosen and thoroughly engaging snapshot of the genre at its best. 4 stars”
-SFX

“A spectacular mix of authors and stories ... a book that effectively lays down a marker for Fourth Generation Science Fiction. 4.5 stars” 
-SF Signal

UK: 9781781080559 | 6th December 2012
US: 9781781080566 | 27th November 2012

author

Jonathan Strahan

Jonathan Strahan is an award-winning editor, anthologist, and podcaster. Since 1997 he has has edited more than forty anthologies including The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Infinity, New Space Opera, and Eclipse anthology series. He is the recipient of the World Fantasy Award, a three-time winner of the Locus Award, a four-time winner of the Aurealis Award, and an eight-time Hugo Award nominee.  He is the reviews editor of Locus, and the co-host of The Coode Street Podcast. He lives in Perth, Western Australia with his wife and their two daughters.

Follow Jonathan on Twitter, and for more information visit the official Jonathan Strahan website

review

Review round-up: The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year

5 years ago

Review Round-Up: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 8

As soon as we knew Jonathan Strahan's world-renowned series The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 8 was going to find a new home at Solaris we were overjoyed. Not just because it adds to our growing list of anthologies such as the Infinity and Solaris Rising series, and our horror/magic titles, but also because it continues the oldest science fiction tradition of them all - the short story.

The very foundations of SF are built of short stories but it's a tradition that has faded over the past few decades in favour of the novel. That's a real shame because not only did the greats cut their teeth on this format, they also demonstrated storytelling abilities that many novelists would struggle to replicate. It's a point that Blackgate.com made in a recent article, in which they were so very nice about us.

So it's wonderful for us to see such a warm reception for The Best SFF of the Year Volume 8 from reviewers, who seems to share our passion for the short story.

Jonathan has also talked a little about his career, The Best SFF 8, and the direction and future of the SFF field and it's pleasing that his editorial efforts have been recognised - he's been named as winner of the Peter McNamara Convenors’ Award for Excellence from Aurealis.

"Strahan remains confident and competent following his series’ move to a new publisher. Strahan’s work ... compares favorably with Hartwell’s steadfast traditionalism and Dozois’s weighty tomes"
Publishers Weekly

"...in the end it is a rich collection of stories which every reader can find something enjoyable within."
Speculiction

"What I found in this continuation of Jonathan Strahan’s series of ‘Best of the Year’- anthologies with a new publisher, was a fantastic set of stories ... The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year volume 8 is an excellent place to start."
A Fantastical Librarian

"What’s going on here? Is Solaris really trying to make a go of three mass market original anthology series(es)? Don’t they know that those days are over? Well, it’s obvious they never got that memo. And if it’s true that the primary ingredient in commercial success is the editor, I think they’ve make solid choices in their two, Ian Whates and Jonathan Strahan. But the very fact that Solaris is making such a determined attempt — series of attempts, really, since the first volume of The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction appeared in 2007 — tells me that I overlooked another essential ingredient: a publisher willing to take risks and one clearly willing to experiment, to find the right way to sell short fiction in paperback format to a modern audience . Solaris looks like exactly that publisher."
Blackgate.com

"Like any grab-bag, short story collections will necessarily have some stories that appeal and some that don't; they're usually guaranteed to have at least one story that suits each reader and one story that repels them. For me, this anthology was a remarkably good fit; there are a few real gems in the collection, and it left me with a host of new authors to explore. No matter your tastes, if you're a fan of fantasy or science fiction, I would bet that at least one of these stories will leave you enthralled."
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