Interest for a UK SF anthology

Would you be interested in a hard(ish) anthology of "real world" space SF short stories?

  • Yes I'd read it

    Votes: 12 57.1%
  • Yes I'd write an submission for it

    Votes: 8 38.1%
  • Not interested

    Votes: 1 4.8%

  • Total voters
    21
Thanks everyone for the responses.

To clarify, I'm not looking for hard science here, that's not the aim. It would just have to have the keen whiff of verisimilitude based on some real work that is being done in the sector today. If a story deals with robotics in space being used to assemble a large structure, would I expect the author to provide me with a detailed understanding of the power dynamics of payloads greater in mass than the manipulator? No. But I could help to provide some oversight about what might happen in certain situations. Or not. It is speculative after all.

The rationale would be to pique interest in real stuff that's either happening or being researched or developed. That means telling human stories, but in ways that are influenced by the technologies.
 
I'd read about the technological advancement of the horse cart if the story was good. But that's just it, don't put the cart before the horse. The story leads. The settings and focus areas are secondary to me. So in theory, I'm open to your ideas, but can't say I'd be along for the ride until I experience a chapter or two!
 
One of my acquaintances recently put this together:


There is definitely an appetite for educational entertainment and something put together with the space agency is bound to be newsworthy. It depends what level you wanted contributors to be, but I can imagine some bigger names would be interested if it's intended on raising awareness of what the space agency does / wants to do.

I'd be interested in taking part for sure in any capacity. I've done plenty of Kickstarters, so could deffo help with getting people paid for their work!

If you wanted me to put you in touch with Paul who organised RWE with a view to getting publicity / distribution etc, then I can make that happen - he's super approachable and very on the ball.

Also if you're looking for artist contacts, I can help there, too. I know a guy who does great space ships!
 

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