“For a while, we just slept and ate and told stories…”
A radio broadcast unites a scattered people; lockdown throws human and fey reluctantly together; a miner floats alone in the asteroid belt; a living ship rides out a storm.
In difficult times, stories sustain us. These twelve tales of selkies, hockey players, retired systems engineers, monsters, copyeditors and changelings are connected by a thread of optimism, and of hope: that we, too, will ride out this storm.
Consolation Songs: Speculative Fiction For A Time of Coronavirus is an anthology of speculative short fiction on an optimistic theme, featuring stories from Aliette de Bodard, Stephanie Burgis, Iona Datt Sharma, Jeannelle M. Ferreira, Rebecca Fraimow, Marissa Lingen, Freya Marske, Lizbeth Myles, Katie Rathfelder, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Adrian Tchaikovsky and Llinos Cathryn Thomas. It’s edited by me with assistance from Cathryn and Cara Wynn-Jones, Maya Berger and Amy, with cover art by Katherine Catchpole. All proceeds will be donated to the COVID-19 appeal being run by the UCLH Charity, the charity supporting the University College London Hospitals NHS Trust.
The anthology was released on 30 June 2020 – see below for how you can get a copy. You can also check out this amazing artwork made by Shannon Kao for “This Is New Gehesran Calling”, Rebecca Fraimow’s story, and LeVar Burton reading Adrian Tchaikovsky’s story, “Low-Energy Economy” in his podcast LeVar Reads.
(Print copies are also available via Amazon KDP – check your local Amazon version.)