Senses Five, In the News

Rich Horton, in his annual summary of what he’s read, mentions Sybil’s Garage:

“It’s a stylishly put together magazine…My favorite story was Samantha Henderson’s “The Ballad of Delphinium Blue”, a lyrical story of a “bist-girl” on another world, and her betrayal by a handsome Earthman. Other nice work came from Gary Moshimer, Caspian Gray, and Barbara Krasnoff.”

You can read his summary here.

And, in an interview over at Publishers Weekly, publishers were asked to mention their favorite book trailers of the year.  Vera Nazarian of Norilana Press mentions the Paper Cities book trailer.

“My absolutely favorite book trailer that I find effective and gorgeous is the one for Paper Cities edited by Ekaterina Sedia.

You can read the full article here.

Lastly, I remember hearing about a new anthology coming out, or maybe it was a movement, and I can’t remember who the publisher was.  It’s about “optimistic post-apocalyptic fiction.”  Have you heard of it?  What is it, exactly?

6 Replies to “Senses Five, In the News”

  1. That’s one, but I specifically heard about the rhyming version: “optimistic post-apocalyptic.” That’s why I remembered it. I can’t recall where I heard it though…

  2. No doubt an on-fire sub-subgenre. I believe these are stories set in grim post-apocalyptic settings that make you feel all happy inside — so much so that you want to do a little jig. WALL-E comes to mind as a perfect example of an optimistic post-apocalyptic story.

  3. Optimistic post-apocalyptic? The rhyming version?

    Apart from the Shine anthology, I’va also started a picowebzine on Twitter called Outshine, where I’m asking for ‘prose poems’ — optimistic, near future ones, at that — that fit inside a tweet. Guidelines here.

    That covers two (optimistic and rhyming, although the latter not fully). Not particularly looking for post-apocalyptic stories, though. Maybe I should do an editorial collaboration with John Joseph Adams…;-)

  4. I’ve considered most post-apocalyptic stories optimistic. “Lucifer’s Hammer”, “The Stand”, and several other titles end on an upbeat notion: the chance for humanity to start over and not make the same mistakes again.

    Perhaps we should suggest that we do an “Hour of the Wolf” show with the Optimistic Post-Apocalyptic theme?

  5. Jetse: that sounds like a good idea! 😉

    Devin: I think most post-apocalyptic stories have optimism as the central theme. Exceptions are Disch novels and other hard-core cynics. Personally, I prefer the optimistic POV. 😉

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