Under Reconstruction

Annotated List of Fantasy Anthologies edited by Julie E. Czerneda
(in alphabetical order)


Ages of Wonder
Ages of Wonder, edited by Julie E. Czerneda and Rob St. Martin, DAW Books Inc. 2009. ISBN 13: 978-0756405434. The deceptively simple theme? To build a setting for an original fantasy short story inspired by an era of Earth history that hadn’t been overused, in other words, no modern western cities, no medieval castles, etc. It wasn’t as easy as it sounds to achieve. I won’t say Rob and I tore our hair out, but we’re sure some of the authors did. The result was worth it. More than worth it. Some of these stories are astonishing, and I’m sure will spawn equally astonishing novels.


Misspelled, edited by Julie E. Czerneda, DAW Books Inc. 2008. ISBN 13: 978-0756404758. This little beauty, about spells going wrong, came about because I casually asked Marty Greenberg if anyone had used this adorable title. He said I would, and that was that. I’m happy I asked, since this was a pleasure from start to finish. Even better, Misspelled contains my highest proportion of first story sales yet. Such fun!


Mythspring: From the Lyrics & Legends of Canada, edited by Julie E. Czerneda & Genevieve Kierans, Red Deer Press (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) 2006. ISBN 0-8899553406. Cover by Kenn Brown and Chris Wren of Mondolithic Studios. Special introduction by Julie E. Czerneda. Genevieve proposed the wonderful theme for this anthology (as well as provided two of its stories). We both enjoyed the first reaction of each author. There’s Canadian myth? Where? Suffice to say, once they started looking, they found inspiration aplenty.


Fantastic Companions
Realms of Wonder - Fantastic Companions, edited by Julie E. Czerneda, Fitzhenry & Whiteside 2004, ISBN 978-1-55041-863-7, cover by Heather Bruton. Special introduction by Kristen Britain. The theme here was anthropomorphism, which proved very popular with authors and readers. My favourite review? “... among the strongest anthologies of fantasy fiction in recent memory ...” Quill & Quire magazine.


Realms of Wonder
Realms of Wonder - Summoned to Destiny, edited by Julie E. Czerneda, Fitzhenry & Whiteside. 2002, ISBN 1552440222, cover by Kenn Brown and Chris Wren of Mondolithic Studios. Special Introduction by Tanya Huff. My first fantasy anthology and pure joy to do from start to finish. The Realms titles were to fit within secondary school language arts programs, and each took its theme from major components of those programs. Summoned was about the search for self, for identity, for place. Though I’d had a list of authors in mind, I wound up short a story. These things happen. I posted a challenge on my newsgroup inviting anyone with a finished story suited to the theme to send it to me. Wow. I had almost 50 within the day, most publishable as they were. Needless to say, I was thrilled. (Except for the new problem of having to choose!)


Under Cover of Darkness
Under Cover of Darkness, edited by Julie E. Czerneda and Jana Paniccia, DAW Books Inc., 2007, ISBN 13: 978-0756404048, cover art by Kenn Brown and Chris Wren, Mondolithic Studios. A look at secret societies like you’ve never seen before. Jana was a joy to work with and our authors did us proud. The result? This anthology won the Prix Aurora Award for Best Work Other in 2008. (Jana and cohorts helped organize and run an incredible book launch at Ad Astra, featuring a convention-wide game ... with secrets!)



Fantasy Anthologies

What’s special about editing a fantasy anthology?

The stories surprise me. An author will take a different path than I would or, most often, finds one I didn’t see at all.

Surprise isn’t enough, though. There must be a moment when I’m lost in the story (not lost by it, which is another thing altogether). That’s when I know I’ve found something special. Once I do, having made myself as happy as can be, I put all those surprising, special stories together for you. I love my job.

- Julie


Also in stores is Misspelled, with wonderful stories of spells that were, yes, misspelled! Again, loving my job.