This weekend, editor Jonathan Strahan announced the table of contents of his new anthology, Edge of Infinity, a sequel to 2010’s Engineering Infinity, and due late November from Solaris Books. He describes Edge of Infinity as an anthology of “hard SF/adventure set in an industrialised, settled pre-starflight solar system. It gathers stories set everywhere from Mercury to Neptune, the nooks and crannies of the asteroid belt, to the wonders and beauties of Jupiter. At a time when interstellar travel seems ever more impractical, these stories breathe life into our dream of the future by showing us the romance and challenge of what is achievable here on our own doorstep”.
The anthology will contain fourteen stories – no non-fiction – by Paul McAuley, Pat Cadigan, Gwyneth Jones, Stephen Baxter, Bruce Sterling, Hannu Rajaniemi, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, An Owomayela, and others.
I’m glad that more realistic science fiction is appearing in print, but I can’t help pointing out to prospective buyers of Edge of Infinity that Rocket Science is available now and covers a similar vein of sf – though perhaps with more of an emphasis on exploration and early steps into the Solar System. So if Edge of Infinity looks as it might appeal to you, then Rocket Science certainly will.