Tuesday, January 23, 2007


(The cover, along with a detail of the cover photo, from Insect Lab.)

New Weird anyone?


Hey--why are there writers on that cover who definitely aren't New Weird?
Really. I hadn't noticed. Well, perhaps you should wait until you see how they're deployed before complaining.

My favorite New Weird author isn't on the cover. Why did you exclude this person?
It's early days. We haven't solicited all the content yet. The antho comes out in spring 2008.

You hate New Weird as a term. You're on the record about that. You're a hypocrite.
No, I can just hold two semi-opposing ideas in my head at the same time without going mad.

Who the heck is "Felix Gilman"? What is a "Leena Krohn"?
All in the fullness of time, grasshopper. Now get on board this leaf and go cross that raging river over there.

More Information

The New Weird from Tachyon Publications is the first collection devoted to a “moment in time” and a “movement” that has quickly become a clear subgenre within fantasy, and one that has received the lion’s share of critical and often reader acclaim and attention since 2001.

In addition to the main reprint fiction section, the anthology will also include such added highlights as critical writings about New Weird, excerpts from the original, often heated online discussion about the term “New Weird”, an exciting “Laboratory” section featuring some of the most interesting writers in fantasy fiction (Hal Duncan, Paul Di Filippo, Sarah Monette, and others), commentary from continental Europe on the mutation of the term "New Weird," and such original fictions as the story that became K.J. Bishop’s award-winning novel The Etched City.

Editors Jeff & Ann VanderMeer have forty years of editing experience between them and have edited anthologies and publications that have won or been nominated for every award in the field. This may, of course, be the anthology that kills them.


At 2:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hooray! Quite looking forward to it.

--Darja MC

At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Damien G Walter said...

Fantastic! I've unilateraly decided that this will be widely accliamed as the most seminal SF/F anthology since Mirrorshades summed up the Cyberpunk movement. Wasn't Paul DiFillipo in that as well or am I dreaming?

At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, guys.

I think Paul's in everything. Remember, he's also the only member of the Ribofunk movement. AND he's a Steampunk and possibly a Cyberpunk.


At 1:58 AM, Anonymous Frank D said...


we'd like to review that book for our e-zine. Have contacted Tachyon a few times, but to no avail. Could you trigger something...?

Frank (location: Germany)

At 2:17 AM, Anonymous Michael Haulica said...

Wow! It was good to visit Europe, huh? I'm happy to see you both working on that. Good luck. Can't wait to read it. And to publish it in Romania.

At 5:21 AM, Anonymous Paul Jessup said...

Everytime I hear the phrase New Weird, my soul vomits a little.

That being said- I will most likely buy this. As long as you don't stick to Moorcock's silly idea that you have to be from the UK to write it.

At 5:22 AM, Anonymous Paul Jessup said...

You got insect lab cover art? AWESOME.

At 6:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent. But is it new short fiction or already existing short fiction? If it's new stuff, we'd probably buy it.

At 6:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's going to be a mix. Some things like the Bishop are previously unpublished. I think the bulk of the fiction will be previously published. However, the Laboratory section will consist of a story written by a number of people. That will be new. There will also be new nonfiction.


At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will buy it.

At 7:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know if this is helpful but here are the links to the long lost New Weird Discussions that took place on M. John Harrison's discussion board and were long thought lost to posterity... (or something)

New Weird 1: http://web.archive.org/web/20030608134737/http://www.ttapress.com/discus/messages/30/764.html?1052820049

New Weird 2:

New Weird 3:

New Weird 4:

New Weird 4.5:

At 7:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, cool. Yeah, I've got Word docs containing all of that stuff. I never understood why it was deleted.


At 3:43 AM, Anonymous Martin Sust said...

Great! Americans discover potential of new weird movement :-)

At 6:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Martin! Martin's going to provide some nonfiction for the anthology from a Czech perspective. Michael Haulica will provide a Romanian perspective. Etc.


At 11:58 PM, Blogger Fantastix said...

Wow. I think the best thing that happened is that there is a Leena Krohn story in the book. Looking forvard to reading this book.

At 3:22 PM, Anonymous Mike Allen said...

I don't believe there really is a "New" Weird, but I like the clockwork cockroach.

At 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'll bet you don't believe in Santa Claus, neither.

Glad you like the cover. It is in fact not a cockroach, just as the insect in Metamorphosis was not a cockroach either.

Are there no entomologists among you? Or, even, taxonomists? For shame!


At 11:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It appears to be some variety of Coleoptera, but considering that there are well over 350,000 species, and new species are continuing to be discovered almost daily, particularly in the jungles of San Corrados, it strikes me as being difficult to determine the exact nature of the above mentioned "sheathed wing" without a close inspection of its inner thorax.

Dr. Black

At 1:18 PM, Anonymous John Coulthart said...

A quick look at Mike Libby's excellent site would have told you the creature in question is a Euchrona Gigantea:


At 4:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

as a struggling writer, I too have a new label for my ambiguous and hard-to-categorise fiction:



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