Editor Query – Mother of Invention

Last week Twelfth Planet Press kicked off their Kickstarter campaign for Mother of Invention, their new anthology project edited by Tansy Rayner Roberts and Rivqa Rafael. The book sound absolutely fabulous and they’ve already announced some stellar authors for their line up. I was curious about the inspiration behind the premise for the anthology: “diverse, challenging stories about gender as it relates to the creation of artificial intelligence and robotics.” So I asked Tansy whether she and Rivqa would be willing to answer some questions and she said yes, so here we are. I hope their answers intrigue you enough to go and back the project — I definitely did — and to spread the word. Enjoy!  Read More …

Editor Query – Margrét Helgadottir

I’m having a bit of a theme this week. yesterday I reviewed African Monsters, edited by Margrét Helgadottir and Jo Thomas, on Friday I plan to review the next instalment in the series Asian Monsters and today I have an interview with the editor of both anthologies Margrét Helgadottir. Margrét is a talented author in her own right, but I focused my questions on her work as an editor on Asian Monsters. I hope you enjoy the interview and check out both African and Asian MonstersRead More …

Editor Query – A Voyage to Arcturus

PostcardA long time ago, almost back in the Dark Ages, I used to be a Book and Publishing student at Leiden University’s English Department. One of my main regrets about my time as a student, secondary to not finishing my Master’s thesis that is, is never having had the opportunity of following the course where the students published their own edition of a particular book due to scheduling issues. So when I was contacted by Ruth (N), one of Edinburgh Napier University’s Publishing master students about perhaps reviewing their project, David Lindsay’s A Voyage to Arcturus, I immediately asked whether they’d also be up for an interview to see what I’d missed out on back in the day. The group kindly agreed and you can find their answers below. A Voyage to Arcturus is due to be published in May and I’m certainly looking forward to their interpretation and edition of the text.  Read More …

Editor Query – David Thomas Moore

MONSTROUS LITTLE VOICES - COVERDavid Thomas Moore is the commissioning editor at Abaddon Books, sister imprint to Solaris, and last year I absolutely adored his Sherlockian anthology Two Hundred and Twenty One Baker Streets. When I saw that this year he is publishing an anthology of novellas inspired by Shakespeare’s world, his fictional world that is, I was totally stoked, especially given the line up of writers he presented. But David isn’t only an excellent editor, he’s an allround good egg and funny guy, who often makes me laugh and think deeply with his posts on social media, so I was happy when I got to interview him for the publication of the first of the novellas from Monstrous Little Voices, Coral Bones by Foz Meadows. The stories will be published separately as e-only novellas, with a collected print edition to follow in April. I’ll be reviewing them in the near future, but for now: enjoy the interview!  Read More …

Editor Query – Margrét Helgadóttir and Jo Thomas

africanmonstersI love history, legends, myths, folklore, and fairy tales. As such I was surprised that I had completely missed the publication of European Monsters by Fox Spirit Books last year, when I learned about the imminent publication of the second book in that series, African Monsters. I was intrigued, so I asked its editors, Margrét Helgadóttir and Jo Thomas whether I could interview them about this latest instalment in the Book of Monsters series. Luckily they said yes, so here we are. African Monsters was published earlier this month and can be obtained from various retailers. I do hope you’ll check African Monsters out, because looking at its table of contents it is bound to be a collection well worth your time.  Read More …

Editor Query – Jo Fletcher

jfblogoNot many SFF editors are well-established enough to have an imprint named after themselves. Jo Fletcher is one of those rare editors and in the two years Jo Fletcher Books has been running it has been putting out several great titles, including some of my favourite books of the past two years. So I was really pleased when Jo was gracious enough to answer some questions on JFB and on being an editor. I really enjoyed the chance to learn more about one of the editors whose taste I’ve come to appreciate enormously, I hope you do too.  Read More …

Editor Query: Jared Shurin – Jurassic London

pandamonium-coming soon - bigToday I bring you an interview with Jurassic London’s publisher and editor Jared Shurin. This is not the first time Jared has been interviewed on A Fantastical Librarian; I’ve previously interviewed him as one part of the dynamic duo behind the Pornokitsch blog. But as part of a Week of Pandemonium I wanted to re-interview him as the editor of Jurassic London, not as the purveyor of all things Pornokitsch. Jared was kind enough to agree to be interviewed again and I think it turned out to be quite an interesting (and funny) interview. I hope you’ll agree!     Read More …