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Emerald Eye

02/10/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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A natty new line in Irish imaginative fiction.

Launched during the 2005 Worldcon in Glasgow, in the Hilton hotel, was a new Best of Irish Imaginative Fiction, featuring the work of modern Irish writers of speculative fiction, including horror, fantasy, science fiction, and stories much harder to classify.

The anthology is, surprisingly, the first ever collection of its kind to be published, despite the great work of Irish writers of speculative fiction in the past decades. The anthology was launched by Anne McCaffrey, who has a story featured in the collection. Readings were given by two of the featured authors, John W. Sexton and John Kenny, both of which were well received by the audience.

The anthology is published by Aeon Press, Albedo One's book publishing arm, and was edited by Roelof Goudriaan and Frank Ludlow, both editors of Albedo One. Along with the stories, is an overall introduction to the collection, along with concise introductions to each story and their author.

Below is a brief description of the collection:

Aeon Press, ISBN 0-95347844-0 293 pages. edited by Frank Ludlow and Roelof Goudriaan.

Emerald Eye is a celebration of all things fantastic in modern Irish writing. Stories of fevered imagination have been part of the Irish psyche from the oral tradition up to present times.

Emerald Eye puts together the very best of modern science fiction, fantasy and horror from the pens of Anne McCaffrey, Bob Shaw, James White and many others. It blends them with highly imaginative work from mainstream masters like William Trevor and Mike McCormack. A heady mix to thrill, to scare, but most of all to enjoy.

Eighteen stories by Mike McCormack, Mike O'Driscoll, John Kenny, Robert Neilson, Bob Shaw, Sean Mac Roibin, David Murphy, William Trevor, Michael Carroll, Anne McCaffrey, Dermot Ryan, James Lecky, Nigel Quinlan, James White, David Logan, John Sexton, Sam Millar and Fred Johnston.

Cover by Denise O'Moore.

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