An In-Depth Review of the Ever-Starry Work

As followers of Candlemark & Gleam know, editor Athena Andreadis just launched To Shape the Dark, a sibling to The Other Half of the Sky with original SF stories focusing on women scientists.

To celebrate this, genre guru E. P. Beaumont published a magnificent in-depth review of The Other Half of the Sky; an interview of Andreadis will follow soon.

“There’s no exotification here; protagonists live and move and work in first person even where the story is told in third person.
The touch of human hands, human voices unmediated by the Usual Story, command attention. It’s quiet, but we need more of this kind of thing: not Token Track, not Special Diversity Issue of Otherwise Standard Magazine, but a shift of perspective to the possibilities of human beings and their stories of living in this vastness.”

Now Part of an Eclectic Storybundle

Ann and Jeff VanderMeer generously offered to include The Other Half of the Sky in a StoryBundle. Curated by Ann, The VanderMeer Mix Tape runs till December 31 and makes an ideal gift for bibliovores who love eclectic speculative literature.

Beyond our own contribution, this toothsome package contains works that cannot be obtained in e-book format anywhere else: the original anthology Bestiary, with new fiction from big SF and fantasy names; Anna Tambour’s World Fantasy Award-finalist novel Crandolin; the collected writing of award-winning Finnish fabulist Leena Krohn; German writer Eugen Egner’s screwball fantasy The Eisenberg Constant; and much more.

We have five gift certificates to give away. To be included in the prize pool, please tweet about the StoryBundle with the hashtag #TOHOTSBundle. Winners will be drawn on December 20, in good time for holiday gift-buying!

Another smashing review

Another smashing review for the anthology as a whole! Manic Pixie Dream Worlds takes a very keen look at the anthology, its purpose, and its results, and is impressed:

…we have a batch of stories here that don’t just feature women as protagonists, often characters of color and those with LGBT identities, but in which the societies within create wholly new ways of living: sociologically, technologically, ecologically. The social structures and worlds that these authors wrote are so unique and inventive that I kept forgetting that I was reading a book with a mission, that I was promised female protagonists, and thinking: Ah, yes. This is what science fiction should be.

Welcome to the future.


Analog Review

Hot on the heels of Aliette’s Nebula win, we have a very positive review of the anthology in Analog!

Here’s just a taste of a thoughtful, thorough review that you shouldn’t miss:

This book nicely fills the void left by the demise of Roby James’s late, lamented Warrior, Wisewoman anthologies. If anything, it’s better.
Look at this lineup of authors: Alexandr Jablokov, Ken Liu, Jack McDevitt, Cat Rambo, Melissa Scott, Joan Slonczewski, Martha Wells . . . and nine other names perhaps less familiar. In all there are 460 pages packed with a great selection of cutting-edge SF stories, most of which wouldn’t be out of place in the pages ofAnalog.

It’s hard to select standout stories; they’re all of such good quality.

Nebula Best Novelette!


A resounding congratulations goes out to Aliette de Bodard, whose contribution to The Other Half of the Sky, “The Waiting Stars,” has just won the Nebula Award for Best Novelette!

Aliette’s intense, unforgettable story is also nominated for the Hugo and Locus awards.

The Accolades Keep Coming

The accolades for The Other Half of the Sky keep coming in!

So far, an unprecedented four stories have been selected for various Best of the Best collections.

Of the 16 original stories in the The Other Half of the Sky, curated by Andreadis and co-editor Kay Holt of Crossed Genres, the three selected for inclusion were “Finders” by Melissa Scott, “Bad Day on Boscobel” by Alexander Jablokov and “The Waiting Stars” by Aliette de Bodard. The three stories constitute 9 percent of The Year’s Best SF 31’s table of contents, an achievement not matched in memory.

A fourth story, C. W. Johnson’s “Exit, Interrupted” was chosen for inclusion in The Year’s Top Ten SF Tales 6.

The anthology appeared on the coveted Locus recommended list.

And one story – Aliette de Bodard’s “The Waiting Stars” – has been nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus awards!

We’re so pleased and proud to have been able to bring such powerful stories to the world, and we’re excited to see others recognizing the importance (and the entertainment value!) of this anthology.

Cascadia Subduction Zone Review

About a year ago,  a terrific review of our anthology by Tansy Rayner Roberts appeared in Cascadia Subduction Zone. The issue is no longer behind a paywall, so here’s a link to it (PDF).

Locus Review(s)

In its January 2014 issue, Locus takes a brief look at The Other Half of the Sky alongside several other recent anthologies. 

Interestingly, the anthology appears not once, but twice: first in Gardner Dozois’s short fiction column, and then in Rich Horton’s reviews.

Dozois calls the book “one of the best SF anthologies of the year.” We think you’ll agree.

Pick up the January 2014 copy of Locus online or in print to read more!

Year’s Best SF 31

Year's Best SF 31 cover art

We already knew that The Other Half of the Sky was a stunning anthology, filled from cover to cover with some of the best stories out there, by some of the best authors working today.

It’s always nice to have that acknowledged by others, though, and we’re, in turn, stunned and honoured to have had an amazing three stories from the anthology chosen for Year’s Best SF 31. This is unheard of for any anthology, let alone a fierce, challenging work coming out from a very small press.

It may, in fact, be a record.

Congratulations to Aliette de Bodard (“The Waiting Stars”), Alexander Jablokov (“Bad Day on Boscobel”), and Melissa Scott (“Finders”) on their inclusion in this award-winning compilation series!

You can find the full table of contents for Year’s Best SF 31 here.

To celebrate this wonderful landmark, editor Athena Andreadis has written a special note that will be included in future printings and digital editions of the anthology.

SF Site review

SF Site, the website of Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine, has a lovely article on “hunting Heffalumps” in sf/f, complete with a wonderfully in-depth review of The Other Half of the Sky!

The Other Half of the Sky, a new collection of women’s sf edited by Athena Andreadis, stands as a 443-page refutation of all Heffalump Hunters who have ever marched in self-referential circles while loudly lamenting the inexplicable failure of women to write “real” sf. …I can’t think of another anthology out this year that so utterly refutes Paul Kincaid’s assertion that our genre has succumbed to intellectual inertia.