A Review Of Improbable Botany
Somewhat late, I just discovered this review of the anthology I edited a couple of years ago, Improbable Botany. The review is by one of the UK’s best writers of unsettling fiction, James Everington, so that really counts for something.
“Improbable Botany is an anthology edited by Gary Dalkin featuring eleven stories based around the theme of sentient, miraculous, bio-engineered or simply weird plant-life. …
There’s an impressive range to the stories within these pages …
My favourite stories in the volume were ‘Black Phil’ by Adam Roberts, ‘The Ice Garden’ by Eric Brown, ‘Advent’ by James Kennedy and most of all the escalating creepiness mixed with petty local politics in Lisa Tuttle’s ‘Vegetable Love’. Overall then, Improbable Botany is just what you want from a genre anthology: an under-explored theme, a strong lineup, and a variety and depth to the storytelling.”
The book contains stories by Rachel Armstrong, Cherith Baldry, Eric Brown, James Kennedy, Ken MacLeod,
Simon Morden, Stephen Palmer, Adam Roberts, Justina Robson, Tricia Sullivan and
Lisa Tuttle, with cover and interior illustrations by Jonathan Burton. The physical edition is now sold out, but Improbable Botany is still available as an ebook in an edition which contains over 20,000 words of bonus content, in which I interview every one of the contributing authors.