My story “Dreams in Dust,” which originally appeared in Lightspeed Magazine‘s December 2012 issue, was selected to appear in an upcoming anthology called Wastelands 2. The anthology was originally to appear from Nightshade Books before the publisher imploded. Fortunately, editor John Joseph Adams found a new publisher, Titan Books, and they just officially announced the Wastelands 2‘s table of contents. I had heard a few of the authors with stories in the book, but all I can say after seeing the whole list is “Wow!” After looking at the list of names, I feel very much an imposter.
Just a few of the better known names include George R. R. Martin, Bruce Sterling, Cory Doctorow, Orson Scott Card, David Brin, Robert Silverberg, Rachel Swirsky, Nancy Kress, Paolo Bacigalupi, and the list goes on. And tucked in there, between the incredibly talented Genevieve Valentine (if you haven’t read Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, then stop what you’re doing, buy it, and read it) and Nancy Kress is some fellow named “D. Thomas Minton.” Am I gushing too much?
I’m afraid to get the book and read it now. That’s some serious writing power, and I’m afraid my story will be the weakest one in it. If I need to be the weakest story in a collection, at least I’ll have been beaten out by the best of the best.