Pay what you want for HUMANITY 2.0 in January

January 3, 2018

Humanity 2.0 is the Phoenix Pick Book of the Month in January! That means you can pay whatever you want for it, or even snag it for free if you don’t want to subsidize my caffeine habit.  This promotion will only last for the month of January, so hurry up and take advantage of the offer!



Green Alert: Humanity 2.0 Anthology on Sale

January 10, 2017


For the next few days you can pick up this anthology for $2.99 — that’s less than half the regular price! The sale lasts Jan 10 through Jan 13 so don’t wait.

And before I put away my soapbox and exit salesman mode, I’ve got to mention two other books as well. My darkly humorous flash story “Hell is Other People” is available in the recently released Outliers of Speculative Fiction 2016 anthology (which is also free to read on Kindle Unlimited.) Finally, there’s a mass market paperback issue available of Mission: Tomorrow, another hard SF anthology which I’m guessing anyone who likes Humanity 2.0 would also enjoy.  It includes my Canopus Award-nominated story “The Race for Arcadia.” After six years in the field, this is actually the first time my work appears in a mass market paperback format and I’m very pleased by this, because that’s what the books I devoured as a teenager looked like.






Humanity 2.0 is now available

October 17, 2016


Humanity 2.0 is an anthology of hard SF and space opera short stories, each dealing with the idea of how interstellar travel (whether from or to the solar system) may alter us as a species. Physiological and social changes are both on the table.

This is a bit of a different project for me. Up until now I’ve edited mostly anthologies of humorous fiction, as well as a couple of books with a tight but at least somewhat-whimsical focus (an anthology of Coffee stories and a fun space opera antho set in a game universe.) So Humanity is arguably my first “serious” anthology, with not a pie in sight of anyone’s face nor a banana peel hidden in the darkness. Can I curate a solid collection of “serious SF”? We’ll  find out.

You can buy Humanity 2.0 here. And if you happen to have received an early review copy, don’t forget that your reviews are both extremely helpful and really appreciated!



Humanity 2.0 TOC and Cover

April 24, 2016

This has been posted at SF Signal first, but I’m going to share it here in case you missed it:



Humanity 2.0 is an anthology of science fiction stories that examine how interstellar travel might change us as a species. Will we choose to upload our minds into a singularity? Enhance ourselves with alien DNA? Will our bodies remain the same, but our culture and societal norms change considerably to accommodate for effects of time dilation, or become subsumed by advanced alien species? What will it mean to be human in such a future?

Edited by Alex Shvartsman, this book includes fifteen stories (9 original and 6 reprints) totaling about 85,000 words, introduction by Alex Shvartsman, and cover by Holly Heisey.

Humanity 2.0 will be published by Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick in October 2016.

Here’s the table of contents…

  1. “The Waves” by Ken Liu
  2. “Justice and Shadow” by Angus McIntyre
  3. “Nexus” by Nancy Fulda
  4. “A Lack of Congenial Solutions” by Kenneth Schneyer
  5. “Green Girl Blues” by Martin L. Shoemaker
  6. “Mindjack” by Jody Lynn Nye
  7. “Picnic on Nearside” by John Varley
  8. “An Endless Series of Doors” by David Walton
  9. “Angry Rose’s Lament” by Cat Rambo
  10. “The Right Place to Start a Family” by Caroline M. Yoachim
  11. “The Iron Star” by Robert Silverberg
  12. “E^H” by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
  13. “The Hand on the Cradle” by Brenda Cooper
  14. “The Homecoming” by Mike Resnick
  15. “Star Light, Star Bright” by Robert J. Sawyer