Jason Stoddard’s latest Futurismic story to appear in Rich Horton’s Unplugged anthology!

Paul Raven @ 13-12-2008

OK, you’re going to have to excuse me being a bit effusive here, but I’ve just heard that – for the first time – a story originally published on Futurismic is going to appear in a Best of the Year anthology!

Rich Horton has decided to publish the first anthology devoted purely to stories published on the web from multiple publishers. Unplugged: The Best of Online Fiction will be released by Wyrm Publishing (the people behind the excellent Clarkesworld Magazine), and it will feature Jason Stoddard‘s Willpower, published just two weeks ago right here on Futurismic!

Here’s the complete table of contents:

  • Beth Bernobich, “Air and Angels” (Subterranean, Spring)
  • Mercurio D Rivera, “Snatch Me Another” (Abyss and Apex, First Quarter)
  • Nancy Kress, “First Rites” (Baen’s Universe, October)
  • Tina Connolly, “The Bitrunners” (Helix, Summer)
  • Rebecce Epstein, “When We Were Stardust” (Fantasy, February)
  • Jason Stoddard, “Willpower” (Futurismic, December)
  • Peter S Beagle, “The Tale of Junko and Sayiri” (IGMS, July)
  • David Dumitru, “Little Moon, Too, Goes Round” (Aeon Thirteen)
  • Hal Duncan, “The Behold of the Eye” (Lone Star, August)
  • Will McIntosh, “Linkworlds” (Strange Horizons, March 17-24)
  • Merrie Haskell, “The Girl-Prince” (Coyote Wild, August)
  • Brendan DuBois, “Not Enough Stars in the Night” (Cosmos)
  • Catherynne M Valente, “A Buyer’s Guide to Maps of Antarctica” (Clarkesworld, May)
  • Cory Doctorow, “The Things that Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away” (Tor.com)

Congratulations to all the authors, and to the sites that published them! You can’t imagine how proud I am to see Futurismic considered alongside big hitters of online genre fiction like Strange Horizons and Tor.com – I run this site for the love of short form science fiction, but to see Chris’s editorial skills and Jason’s writing vindicated by Horton’s selection is a greater gift than I ever hoped to receive this year.

Indeed, Unplugged is a great moment for webzines in general – we’re not third-class venues any more. So thank you, Rich – and thank you all – for reading and believing in what we do. Here’s hoping for more selections in years to come!

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3 Responses to “Jason Stoddard’s latest Futurismic story to appear in Rich Horton’s Unplugged anthology!”

  1. Jason Stoddard says:

    First!

    (and this begins and ends the only time that comment has any real meaning, other than ‘hey look at me . . .’)

    Wait, never mind.

    I’m thrilled!

  2. Jeremy Lyon says:

    Sorry, Jason, but actually Ruth Nestvold beat you the punch. Her story “Exit Without Saving” (maybe Paul can provide a link?) made it in Horton’s Best of the Year 2007 edition. That said, quite an accomplishment and a well-deserved distinction.

  3. David Reagan says:

    Congrats to Jason, it’s a cool story! I just stumbled across the anthology at the Austin Public Library today, picked it up, was pleased with the names and pubs I saw, and then thrilled when I came across my name and Futurismic story listed in the Honorable Mentions with some serious writing heavy hitters. Made me smile, that’s for sure.

    Kudos to Futurismic for being one of the best online markets!