Free stories from anthology of "galactic" science fiction

John Joseph Adams sez, "My new anthology, Federations, is due out in a few weeks, and I've just launched the website for it. The website has three free stories on it, from current Hugo & Nebula finalist James Alan Gardner, Jeremiah Tolbert, and Genevieve Valentine. There are also several interviews with those authors and other authors in the book."
From Star Trek to Star Wars, and from Dune to Foundation, science fiction has a rich history of exploring the idea of vast interstellar societies, and the challenges facing those living in or trying to manage such societies.

The stories in Federations continue that tradition, and herein you would find a mix of all-new, original fiction, alongside selected reprints from authors whose work exemplifies what interstellar SF is capable of, including Lois McMaster Bujold, Orson Scott Card, Anne McCaffrey, George R. R. Martin, L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Alastair Reynolds, Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Silverberg, Harry Turtledove, and many more.

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(Thanks, John!)


  1. The second I saw that cover it reminded me of the Wastelands anthology of Apocalyptic stories I recently read. Then I saw it’s from the same editor (and obviously the same designer:) and it all made sense.

    Wastelands was a solid anthology so I’ll have to check this out.

  2. Come to think of it, Large Interstellar Society Fiction is very much a specific and well defined genre of science fiction. The fact that I haven’t made this declaration prior to this moment is astonishing when I think of the sci-fi books I’ve read. Iain M. Banks’ Culture novels would be another good example on top of the works of Asimov and Herbert. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for Federations.

  3. Just so so looking forward to this book. John Joesph Adams is the force driving the SF anthology at the moment…. well done.

  4. Wow, there’s some great authors in there. It’s too bad that Adams chose to include serial homophobe Orson Scott Card in with them–he’s a permanent deal-killer for anything that I’d want to spend cash money on.

  5. Anyone know what the Bujold story is about? The title is “Aftermaths”, but I don’t recognize it. Is it new or just an adaptation of something she’s already written?

  6. This does sound very good. Of course, there are so many authors who could be part of this:
    Ian Banks and his “Culture”
    Neal Asher with the AI “Polity”
    C. J. Cherryh’s “Alliance-Union”
    OK, stopping now, too many good authors.
    Looking forward to this book.

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