Editorial: December 2012

With the holiday season getting ready to move into full swing, two exciting new stories make up the third month of Eclipse Online, and the end of our first calendar year (sort of) of bringing you the very best in short fiction.

This month opens with a novelette by the fabulous Christopher Barzak, “Invisble Men”, that touches on H.G. Wells’ territory, but manages to be fresh and engaging.  If you love this story as much I  do, check out his new short story collection, Birds and Birthdays, and new novel Before and Afterlives.

Our second story this month, and our last for the year, is World Fantasy Award winner Lavie Tidhar’s latest ‘Central Station’ story, “The Memcordist”. Tidhar’s ‘Central Station’ stories, “The Smell of Orange Groves”, “Strigoi” and others, form one of the most compelling future histories I’ve encountered recently and I can’t wait to see the ‘Central Station’ mosaic novel he’s working on.

And with that, 2012 is over for Eclipse Online. We’ve brought you six fantastic stories by Christopher Rowe, K.J. Parker, Eleanor Arnason, Christopher Barzak, and Lavie Tidhar,  we already have new stories in the pipeline from F. Brett Cox, Genevieve Valentine, Peter M. Ball and others, and I’m confident 2013 will be a remarkable year for us. I’d like to thank Night  Shade Books for supporting Eclipse through its print incarnation and on to this exciting new online world. Working with Jason Williams, Jeremy Lassen, Tomra Palmer and Ross Lockhart is always a joy and privilege and their support is an essential part of Eclipse Online. I’d also like to thank Kathleen Jennings again for her wonderful, wonderful art.

Finally, a thank you to you, our readers. We are all working to bring you great short fiction and your interest and support is what makes it all worthwhile.  I’d like to wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday, and hope to see you back here in late December for our second story and on into the New Year and beyond!

Jonathan Strahan
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December 2013