Saturday, August 29, 2009

Small press listing

Down on the left-hand column I have added a list of links called “SF Small Press.” It’s a brief list of small publishers that have surprised and delighted me with new books. It’s a varied list: some publish reprint material long unavailable, some focus on new work; some are widely distributed, some you just have to know about; some offer new titles every month, some just one or two a year.

One category of books that mainstream science fiction publishers have largely abandoned is single-author collections, presumably because they don’t sell well enough. Since many writers do their best work at shorter lengths, their collections are often more rewarding than a shelf full of novels. The small presses offer all kinds of books, to be sure, and many wonderful discoveries, but if you want to find single-author collections there is no better place to look.

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