Saturday 13 February 2010

Beware of Strange Flowers

Edited by Chris Lynch, The Tangled Bank anthology, marking the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species, has been released and it includes my story, The Sound of Sharp Voices. The paperback isn't available yet, but the pdf went on sale yesterday.

Having seen the PDF, the illustrations inside are breathtaking, and some of the bio's impressive. Chris has done a fantastic job.

Here's an excerpt from my story:

"Odd proceeded with caution. With a throat as thin as End’s, a simple word like help could tear his throat open, whereas he doubted supercalifragilisticexpialidocious or Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch would even cause the lodger to gulp."

Here's the TOC:


A.M. Muffaz, Finches
Z.S. Adani, A Fistful of Tassels
Brendan Carson, Vaster than Empires
Gerald Costlow, Mercy
Marlissa Campbell, The Proust Effect
Anil Menon, The Uncertain Hour
Jen White, An Ordinary Boy
Douglas A. Van Belle, Detritus of a Second-hand Mind
Anne Lyle, Hopeful Monsters: A Darwinian Fairytale
Ben Francisco, On the Entropy of Species
Christopher K. Miller, The Pigs Are Not Alone
Gitte Christensen, Nullipara
Catherine J. Gardner, The Sound of Sharp Voices
Carlos Hernandez, Confessions of a Voluntary Egg Carrier
Jetse de Vries, The Frog Pool
James S. Dorr, Pets
Chris Lynch, The Feathered Serpent
Christopher Green, Darwin’s Daughter
Michael C. Lea, Orgueil
Kelly Jameson, A Bear Trains a Man
Jefferson Navicky, Map of the Provinces
K.R. Sands, Boy of Bone
Brian Stableford, Creationism
Patricia Russo, Four Corners


Chris Lynch, Introduction
Russell Blackford, Science & the Sea of Faith


Sean Williams, The Origin of Haiku by Means of Natural Selection
Julie Bloss Kelsey, The Selective Pressure of Children
Jeff Schiff, Swim to Saunter
Zenobia Frost, How do you do, Tuatara
Holly Day, Insectile
Magdalena Ball, Expressions of the Emotions
Anne Bryan, Rapunzel & the Double Helix
Phil Boiarski, Pakicetus
Anne Bryan, For Darwin’s Birthday
Bronwyn Mehan, Where the people are more evolved
Susan Beem, Points North
Jim Pascual Agustin, Creatures of Lava Tubes
Elizabeth Schultz, Evolution of the Encantadas
Michelle Leber, Rock Pool, Undertow Bay
Bruce Boston, Ancient Catch
Emily Ballou, The Green Need


Teresa Young
Ernst Haeckel
Chris Rodenhurst
Steven Rhodes
Cat Sparks


Anthony Rapino said...

Sounds like a cool anthology. I think I'll wait for the hard copy to come available. I don't have the money for a nifty e-reader, and I hate reading books on my computer. :-)

Cate Gardner said...

I much prefer paper too. :D

Fox Lee said...

I love the theme for that anthology! Very excited that you are in it : )

Alan W. Davidson said...

Congratulations for being part of that anthology, Cate.

Andrea Allison said...

Sounds awesome. I too will wait until its available in paperback.

Aaron Polson said...

You are the keeper of the strangest flowers I know. Congrats, Cate.

Cate Gardner said...

Thanks, Natalie.

Thanks, Alan.

Me too, Andrea.

Thanks, Aaron.

K.C. Shaw said...

Cool! I love that little excerpt you posted, too. Sounds like a great story in a great antho. :)

Jamie Eyberg said...

congrats. That is an awesome sounding book. (Of course, it has to be with you in it.)

Cate Gardner said...

Thanks, Kate.

Of course, Jamie. Erm... ;)

Danielle Birch said...

Congrats! And I too will be waiting for the print copy.

Rich said...

'Beware of Strange Flowers' would actually make a great title for a New Bedlam short I'm writing.

That aside, fantastic job on this hit. Looks like another professional outfit.


Cate Gardner said...

Thanks, Danielle.

Thanks, Rich.

Anonymous said...

Very nice!


Brendan said...

Way cool. Congrats as always, Cate!

Katey said...

I've just ordered and downloaded-- totally gorgeous. Just the sort of thing I love <3

Cate Gardner said...

Thank, Katey.