From Publishers Weekly
Fans of alternate history and crime fiction should enjoy this high-quality anthology from noted editor Anders (Outside the Box
). The tone of the 15 contributions ranges from the tongue-in-cheek (Mike Resnick and Eric Flint's Conspiracies: A Very Condensed 937-Page Novel, featuring an alien abduction of Jimmy Hoffa) to serious political theory (Stephen Baxter's Fate and the Fire-lance, a whodunit set in a 20th-century Roman Empire). Jon Courtenay Grimwood weighs in with Chicago, a twisty tale in which technological advances allow the narrator to plot a perfect murder. The standouts are S.M. Stirling's A Murder in Eddsford, which could be at home in a collection of English cozies, and Mary Rosenblum's Sacrifice, which marries a vision of advanced Aztec civilization to an intricate plot. (June)
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About the Author
A 2008/2007 Hugo Award nominee, 2007 Chesley Award nominee and 2006 World Fantasy Award nominee, Lou Anders is the editorial director of Prometheus Books' science fiction imprint Pyr, as well as the editor of anthologies Fast Forward 2
(Pyr, October 2008), Sideways in Crime
(Solaris, June 2008), Fast Forward 1
(Pyr, February 2007), FutureShocks
(Roc, January 2006), Projections: Science Fiction in Literature & Film
(MonkeyBrain, December 2004), Live Without a Net
(Roc, 2003), and Outside the Box
(Wildside Press, 2001). In 2000, he served as the Executive Editor of Bookface.com, and before that he worked as the Los Angeles Liaison for Titan Publishing Group. He is the author of The Making of Star Trek: First Contact
, and has published over 500 articles in various publications.