Burning Brightly: 50 Years of Novacon is an anthology of rare reprints and original fiction from some of the biggest names in British Science Fiction.
It includes “The Spheres” by Iain M. Banks, a story that has never been collected or reprinted since it first appeared in 2010 Novacon souvenir booklet, alongside similar rarities by Stephen Baxter, Peter F. Hamilton, Justina Robson, Paul McAuley, Jaine Fenn, Geoff Ryman, Juliet E. McKenna and Anne Nicholls. Also featured are original stories by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Ian R. MacLeod, Eric Brown, Kari Sperring, and Martin Sketchley.
One of the longest running science fiction conventions in the world, Novacon is an established feature of the UK genre scene, with an illustrious list of guests stretching back over 50 years. To commemorate the event’s 50th anniversary, members of the convention committee have selected their favourite stories from those that have kindly been written by guests for the convention over the years.
Those stories are presented here along with five new stories written for the book by other former guests and attendees.
Table of Contents:
Burning Brightly: Introduction by Rog Peyton
Chiron – Stephen Baxter
The Spheres – Iain M. Banks
Acts of Defiance – Eric Brown
Heatwave – Anne Nicholls
Alien TV – Paul McAuley
Canary Girls – Kari Sperring
Softlight Sins – Peter F. Hamilton
Erie Lackawana Song – Justina Robson
Through the Veil – Juliet E. McKenna
The Coming of Enkidu – Geoff Ryman
Red Sky in the Morning – Adrian Tchaikovsky
The God of Nothing – Ian R. MacLeod
The Ships of Aleph – Jaine Fenn
Bloodbirds – Martin Sketchley
About the Authors
“The story’s tone – wry, understated, pointed – is typical of this admirable collection, in which editor Ian Whates brings together tales by fourteen top UK SF talents.” – Financial Times
“Burning Brightly is an excellent collection of varied Science Fiction tales with a few fantasies thrown in for good measure... certainly worth your time and money.” – SFcrowsnest
“An entertaining selection that deserves a place on the bookshelf of any self-respecting fan of speculative fiction… clever stories never grow old.” – Aurealis magazine
“It is difficult to write a meaningful review of such a wide variety of science fiction, fantasy and speculation, other than to say that it was well worth the read.” – LibraryThing reviewer
Available as an A5 paperback, and a dust jacketed hardback edition limited to just 100 copies signed by all bar one of the authors.