Working at Light Speed: Anthologist John Joseph Adams Goes to Mars and Beyond

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How do you get to be the reigning king of the anthology world? For John Joseph Adams, it’s simple: put out a series of popular, critically acclaimed books that satisfy just about every reader’s taste in speculative fiction. A two-time Hugo Award finalist, Adams had edited a so many anthologies recently that it’s almost hard to keep track. They include Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, The Living Dead, By Blood We Live, Federations, The Improbable Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes, and The Way Of The Wizard. Forthcoming anthologies include Epic (Tachyon, Fall 2012) and The Mad Scientist's Guide To World Domination (Tor Books, 2013).

Right now, though, Adams is focused on two very different anthologies: the all-originals Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures of Barsoom and Lightspeed: Year One, composed of reprints from his online magazine.

The Mars anthology is based on the popular Edgar Rice Burroughs series, and because of movie interest in Burroughs, Adams saw an opportunity to create an anthology on a milieu ripe for reinterpretation. “I’d heard that Disney was going to be adapting A Princess of Mars into a movie, and it sounded like--at last--the adaptation was finally going to happen…Being a fan of the original books, I was quite excited, and the idea of doing the ‘new adventures’ of John Carter sprang to mind. It seemed like…that would be a hell of a lot of fun, so I started putting together a proposal and recruiting authors for it. Once I started reaching out to people, the number of folks who were excited about it really reinforced my thought that it would be a great project, and luckily Simon & Schuster agreed.”

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JJA has another forthcoming anthology, ARMORED, from Baen, with mech/powered armor fiction.

Posted by: Sam M-B | Tuesday February 28, 2012 at 12:11 PM

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