Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing has released the theme of Tesseracts 20 and its theme: Compostela.
You can read all about it on the Edge website over here: http://www.edgewebsite.com/books/tess20/t20-catalog.html, but I can tell you now, it looks interesting.
From the press release, hot off the fax(ish):
Compostela (Tesseracts Twenty) is an anthology of hard and soft science fiction stories that best represent a futuristic view of the sciences and how humanity might be affected (for better or worse) by a reliance in all things technological. For more than 1,000 years, Santiago de Compostela (Compostela means “field of stars”) has attracted pilgrims to walk to the cathedral that holds St. James the apostle’s relics. The stories in this anthology in their own way tell the tale of futuristic travelers who journey into the dark outer (or inner) reaches of space, searching for their own connections to the past, present and future relics of their time.
What’s particularly interesting to me is that I know at least 2-3 people who have actually walked this pilgrimage – sometimes more than once. And when I think of a pilgrimage, I think of stories that endure the test of time, like Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and more modern tales like Dan Simmons’ Hyperion.
As for the editors: Edge has lined up Spider Robinson (who seems to have split much of his time on either edge of the country – Nova Scotia and British Columbia), and James Alan Gardner (who’s a Southwestern Ontarian).
Here’s an interesting thought for emerging writers: even if you aren’t sure about submitting a story, I think it’d be an awesome idea if you wrote a story in line with the theme. If you like it, and if your beta readers fall in love with it, then take the jump and submit. This is how so many other writers have gotten their feet in the door. Me, I went in bum-first with a whole set of novels before finally getting my first short story accepted, but I can’t help thinking that short story craft – even if only as a writing exercise – helped me write a novel that pulled the reader along from one page to the next.
And if you do get accepted, let me know! I’d love to hear from you.
Now get off my blog and go write a phenomenal story. I have boxes to unpack.