I’ve made no secret about my hopes to read more works by the Old Reliables out there in the #PulpRevolution blog-o-sphere. Well, Jesse Abraham Lucas isn’t content to sit around waiting. Jesse is putting together an anthology:
Back in the day a group of SF greats, Poul Anderson, Frank Herbert, Gordon Dickson, Harlan Ellison and Keith Laumer, each wrote a short story based on the same prologue. Apparently (I haven’t read them, I’m going off the cover above just like you are) NO TWO ARE EVEN REMOTELY ALIKE. These authors had radically different styles, beliefs, and backgrounds, making it in theory an excellent idea, and the first thing I thought when I found out about it a day or two ago was, “I want to do that.” So I did.
I’m not calling for submissions, I’m hand-picking our contributors, so if your name is on the list I’ll publish your story, but I’ll touch base with you on structure and clean up grammar and all that (of course I’m going to edit and contribute, I can’t let this valuable exposure go by).
I’m so interested in seeing what comes out of this that I volunteered to beta-read whatever shakes out of his call. It may be a few months before this title hits the market, but this also isn’t the only example of this sort of organic content farming in the works. You’re going to see a lot of newcomers showing up in the market, and while their first forays might be a little rough around the edges, they’ll get better. Better yet, every one of these represents a literary cultural shift in the right direction, so I’m full-square behind them.