anthology project

Announcement by Zendexor, August 2017, of momentous news for the New Old Solar System:

Some months back, John Greer informed me that he had begun to explore the possibility of a NOSS anthology, jointly edited by himself and by me, for which new submissions would be welcome; now John has confirmed that the project has been "cleared for launch" by the publisher, Shaun Kilgore of Founders House Publishing.

So we can go ahead!  It's time to put out a call to all you inspired folk who look at this site.  Harken, dear readers / writers / fans, the hour has struck, inviting you to start thinking, planning, scribbling...

All life-forms are welcome to take part


With regard to the kind of stories we're looking for, let me quote from John's blog:

"...we’re looking for short stories (2500-7500 words), novelettes (7500-12,500 words) and maybe a novella (12,500 words on up) set in the Old Solar System. What kind of stories? You name it. Two-(or more-)fisted tales of adventure like C.L. Moore, solar system noir like Leigh Brackett, interplanetary travel with a religious dimension like C.S. Lewis, Old Solar System horror like Clark Ashton Smith – you name it, so long as it takes place in the imaginary solar system of the classic science fiction era. You can—indeed, you should—put your own twist on ancient and desolate Mars, lush Venus, or whatever other world or worlds you choose for a setting—and yes, Earth is also an option!—but it should fit more or less cleanly into the grand collective work of art that was the Old Solar System."

To which I might add: you could do worse than take a good look at the Tales Unwritten page on this site, in case you feel like filling in some much-needed gaps in the literature, which are crying out for attention!  And likewise the CLUFFs page might suit you as you seek your decision, since in addition to the outright gaps there are also the tantalizing hints in the literature, which crave to be followed up.

You might also consider combinations of worlds; that's to say, provided that you are good at managing transitions, you might set your tale on more than one planet or asteroid or moon.  It all depends on whether you can change the scene without diluting the impact.  Edmond Hamilton was good at this, because he conveyed a sense of Solar System frontier culture as a general background complementing the particularity of his individual worlds, whereas the talents of Brackett and Burroughs tended to be more focused upon one world per story.  Whichever way you play it, the scintillating literary gems you create will justify your method.

In addition to the planets and moons and asteroids, it would also be permissible to set a tale on the Sun itself, if the storyteller has sufficient gift of scientifictional gab.  As always, we aren't asking for plausible science but for plausible patter, the incantatory scientific excuses which summon the sf spirit.

Regarding length of tale:  as John says, we are calling for short stories (2500-7500 words), novelettes (7500-12,500 words) and novellas (12,500+).  Inevitably, there are more slots for shorter than for longer pieces, which is why we'll only be able to include one novella at most.  But that's nothing to be dismayed about, especially when you consider what Clark Ashton Smith could do, creating an unsurpassed fecund planet Venus in under 6000 words in The Immeasurable Horror...  or what Robert A Heinlein could do, unforgettably plying the spacelanes in the even shorter The Green Hills of Earth.


Submit your stories to, by 30th January 2018.  The date is easy to remember - it is the 369th anniversary of the execution of Charles the First. 


Further announcements will be made on this page as and when needed.  Any questions, email me on