Solaris Rising 2 – Science Fiction Anthology

Solaris Rising 2, edited by Ian Whates. Published by Solaris Books on 26th March 2013 (UK)
Solaris Rising 2, edited by Ian Whates. Published by Solaris Books on 26th March 2013 (UK)
This is the second anthology for Solaris from this editor, and whilst building on the excellence of the first, it has a fresh line up. New short fiction from the likes of Vandana Singh, Nancy Kress and (recent winner of the Red Tentacle) Nick Harkaway, features alongside 16 other works from writers both well known and relatively new, some of whom usually write only in long or novel forms. Refreshingly this selection is almost 50/50 male/female authors, meaning that the author of the opening work ‘Tom’, Paul Cornell would not need to stand down on parity grounds should this selection ever feature as a convention panel.

Following an (interesting) opening discourse from editor Ian Whates, this book races off on a goodly romp through a variety of science fiction and writing styles. Each story within tackles some key part of the human condition. ‘Tom’ is an exploration of coming to parenthood, made more poignant by knowing that Paul Cornell wrote it in the run up to the birth of his first child, whilst Neil Williamson’s ‘Pearl In The Shell’ is an all too possible tale of DRM gone quite peculiar, particularly poignant when you know that he is also a gigging musician. In ‘When Thomas Jefferson Dined Alone’ Kristine Kathryn Rusch explores attitudes in academia and relationships, through the medium of commentary on and letters by various White House occupants, an unusually futuristic University History Department, and the comparison of time travel and ouija boards.

There are also all the expected Monsters, Aliens, Starships, twists on contemporary life, guns, and far more. There is something for everyone, and Solaris Rising 2 serves as a brilliant gateway to the further and existing works of the authors featured within.

Expected retail price is £7.99

All authors featured: Paul Cornell, Nancy Kress, James Lovegrove, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Eugie Foster, Neil Williamson, Nick Harkaway, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Robert Peel, Allen Steele, Kim Lakin-Smith, Kay Kenyon, Mercurio D. Rivera, Martin Sketchley, Norman Spinrad, Liz Williams, Martin McGrath, Mike Allen, Vandana Singh.

New Scifi Anthology From Solaris

Solaris Rising 2
Solaris Rising 2

Paul Cornell, Nancy Kress, James Lovegrove and Adrian Tchaikovsky are just some of the top names featured in the brand new science-fiction anthology, Solaris Rising 2.

Featuring new short stories from big names in the genre, this latest galaxy-spanning collection of science-fiction from the leader in SF anthologies. Showcasing the finest new science fiction from both celebrated authors and the most exciting of emerging writers, it follows in the footsteps of the critically-acclaimed first volume, editor Ian Whates has once again gathered together a plethora of thrilling and daring talent.

From unexplored frontiers to common themes of the genre – alien worlds, time travel, artificial intelligence – this is science-fiction made entirely new in the telling and once again proves why SF continues to be the most innovative, satisfying, and downright exciting genre of all.


A record number of teams have registered to be part of this year ? s 48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE taking place this weekend (April 14 ? 16, 2012). It all starts at the Apollo Piccadilly on Saturday 14 April at 10.30am where every participating team will be given a TITLE, some DIALOGUE and a list of PROPS to be included in their 5 minute film. In association with the science section of The Guardian newspaper, we are also introducing an optional scientific theme… nano-tech, cloning, gene-splicing…or something a little more ? fringe ? .

In an added incentive to the film-makers, for the first time ever, a new award for Emerging Talent will be presented by Syfy , the premium imagination-based entertainment channel.

The challenge has a formidable pedigree: over the last four years more than 380 films have been completed, many of which have gone to other film festivals and been broadcast on TV. In 2008, Gareth Edwards took part in and won the competition ? his award-winning d?but feature, MONSTERS was green-lit due to Vertigo Films seeing his film in the challenge.

The challenge jury is made up of equally illustrious industry professionals including: Alison Owen, Producer (Shaun of the Dead, Men Who Stare at Goats); Joe Dante , Director (Gremlins, Innerspace, Explorers); Mark Dinning, Editor , EMPIRE magazine ; Liz Harkham (Encounters Short Film Film Festival); Don Neumann , Editor-in-Chief, Quiet Earth magazine; Paul Cornell , Writer (Dr Who, Spooks).

Teams have until Monday morning to return their completed movie to the festival, either on DVD or by uploading a QuickTime file to UBUNTU ONE. ? Ubuntu One is the personal cloud service that gives you 5GB of free space to store content, access and share it from all of your devices. SCI-FI-LONDON is also the first live implementation of the new ‘Send to Ubuntu One ‘ feature. Users simply click the ‘Send to Ubuntu One’ button and it delivers the content instantly to their Ubuntu One accounts.

Louis Savy, Festival Director for SCI-FI-LONDON says:

? We are very excited about the pre-challenge buzz with so many teams having signed up. It ? s a lot of fun, open to everyone and I am very happy to confirm that, for 2012 Vertigo Films are offering another development deal to the winners, as well as our new award presented by Syfy . What better way to spend a weekend? ?