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The Campbellian Anthology

Named for John W. Campbell, Jr., whose 34 years as editor of Astounding and Analog defined the “Golden Age” of the genre and launched the careers of dozens of now legendary writers, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer is presented each year at the World Science Fiction Convention, alongside the Hugo Awards, to the outstanding author whose first professional work of science fiction or fantasy was published within the previous two years.

Created and developed by M. David Blake, the Campbellian Anthology series attempts to collect in one volume representative works by all the writers eligible for this year’s Campbell Award, and to make them available for free, in DRM-free formats, during the Campbell Award voting period. Once the votes are in and the list of finalists is announced, though, this book is withdrawn from distribution and never reissued.

The writers and stories that John W. Campbell discovered and published define the history of the science fiction/fantasy genre. In the Campbellian Anthology series, you’ll meet the writers who are working today to define its future.

 

Now Available for Download

The 2014 Campbellian Anthology, containing more than 860,000 words of fiction by 111 authors, is now available for download at these links:

Mobi file, for Amazon Kindle and Kindle Readers apps:
http://rampantloonmedia.com/downloads/2014CampbellianAnthology_Kindle.mobi

Epub file, for iPad, Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader, and most other e-reader devices and apps:
http://rampantloonmedia.com/downloads/2014CampbellianAnthology_iPad-nook-Kobo-Sony.epub

Cover art, in case you want to repost it:
http://rampantloonmedia.com/downloads/2014CampbellianAnthology_Cover.jpg

Note: We’ve learned that some web browsers attempt to open the .mobi or .epub files directly, most often producing a window full of gibberish. If you click on one of the download links and it does not offer you the option to save the file, try right-clicking on the link (or on a Mac, Ctrl-click) and selecting the “Save Link As” option. (Wording may vary, depending on your choice of browser.)

 

Mirror Sites

Due to the astonishing popularity of this e-book—more than 35,000 copies were downloaded in just the first 72 hours—the kindly folks at Writertopia.com, StarShipSofa.com, and Tor.com are now hosting mirror sites. If you’re having trouble downloading this book from the above links, and particularly if you’re seeing the HTTP Error 503 - Service unavailable message, it means all lines are busy and you should try downloading from one of the mirror sites.

Writertopia mirror site
writertopia.com/awards/campbell

StarShipSofa mirror site
(These files are zipped and must be unzipped before use.)
Mobi | Epub

Tor.com mirror site
Mobi | Epub

Stupefying Stories SHOWCASE mirror site
Mobi | Epub

 

Queries

Media inquiries regarding the 2014 volume, and queries from eligible authors wanting to be included in the 2015 volume, should be directed to M. David Blake at submissions {at} vintageseason {dot} com.

 

Don’t have an e-book reader?

Don't have a Kindle, Nook, iPad, smartphone, or other e-book reader? Then use the free Kindle Reading App, available for most computers, tablets, or smart phones, the Kindle Cloud Reader, that lets you read .mobi files in your web browser, the Nook Reading Apps, which are comparable but for .epub files, or any one of about a gazillion other epub reading apps that are available for download, and mostly for free. Let us know if you find one you really like and would recommend.

 

Re the 2013 Campbellian Anthology

For contractual reasons the Campbellian Anthologies remain available only for a limited time, and then are withdrawn from distribution and never re-released. However, if you want to know whose work was in the 2013 edition—and develop an appreciation for just how rapidly this project is growing—you’ll find the 2013 edition’s table of contents at this link.

 

And now, a few words from the editor

Here We Go Again
(or: wait, are we still here?)

A little over a year ago, a small group of us had a crazy idea. “What if,” we said, “there was a way everyone eligible for the Campbell could publicize their work at the same time, so that readers might have some idea of who we are?”

Now, I don’t recall every name who was part of the original discussion (I could check, but that would be work, and I’m plumb tuckered out after assembling this tome), although at some point I volunteered to oversee an anthology if the others would all agree to participate. That first volume had a very respectable showing, with 43 writers represented by a combined total of roughly 350,000 words.

What a difference a year makes! The volume you now hold in your hands is considerably larger, and includes a multitude of works from 111 contributors, spanning more than 860,000 words. (Should anyone be curious, that exceeds the combined total in George R. R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords and A Dance with Dragons, which are—so far, at least!—the two longest volumes from A Song of Ice and Fire.)

It is big. It is very big. And judging from this year’s response, next year’s volume will likely be larger.

Now, any standard anthology introduction might interrupt itself at this point with some self-assured bluster about how much you, the reader, will enjoy every smidgen of the contents.

You won’t. There will be some stories in this volume that you dislike, perhaps even strongly, and that’s okay. Every writer whose work is represented herein still accomplished something remarkable in attaining a specific level of publication, and by doing so earned a place within these pages. I encourage you to investigate each and every one, but I make no promise about how you’ll feel about the stories that landed them here, or the works they elected to share.

Here’s a secret: You don’t have to read this entire anthology for it to serve a purpose and be valuable to you. You’re allowed to skip around.

So you’ve already spotted the next Adams, Butler, or Cherryh? Try the next Xue, Yolen, or Zelazny… or anything in between.

A story lost you along the way, or did something you’ve already seen too many times? Try a different story, or a different excerpt, or even a different writer.

There are a lot of words in this volume. I can’t tell you where to focus your attention; by agreeing to play host, I also agreed to remain impartial. That doesn’t mean I don’t have favorites (I do), but it means I ask you to decide upon your own.

Here’s another secret: If you do read every word in this anthology, and investigate all the links for those currently known to be eligible, you’ll probably discover a new favorite. At least one. And if you do—if you, as a reader, connect with even a single new writer—then I will feel very, very good about this year’s installment of the Annual Campbellian Anthology.

Now, go make a friend. Your writers are waiting.

— M. David Blake

 


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