Following up last week’s super successful Amazon promotion with Nothing But Flowers (yes, we reached the top of the US free Anthology charts), we have EIGHTY NINE on offer via Kindle for free, for 48 hours.
Created by award winning editor Jodi Cleghorn, EIGHTY NINE is constructed around a playlist of 26 songs from 1989 (think of everything from Bon Jovi to Bob Dylan!) Each story re-imagines events from 1989 through a speculative fiction lens.
1989: a cusp between decades.
The year the Berlin Wall came down and Voyager went up. Ted Bundy and Emperor Hirohito died. The birth of the first Bush administration and computer virus.
In San Francisco and Newcastle the ground shook, in Chernobyl it melted.
Tiananmen Square rocked the world and Tank Man imprinted on the international consciousness. Communism and Thatcherism began their decline, Islamic fundamentalism its rise.
It was the year Batman burst onto the big screen, we went back to the future (again), Indiana Jones made it a trifecta at the box office and Michael Damian told us to rock on.
Eighty Nine re-imagines the social, political, cultural and personal experiences at the end of the decade which gave the world mullets, crimped hair, neon-coloured clothing, acid-wash denim, keytars, the walkman, Live Aid, the first compact disc and MTV.
EIGHTY NINE is unique and makes for a cracking cross-genre read. But don’t take our word for it.
Alan Baxter says in his Goodreads review:
The interpretation of the theme by the authors is as varied and colourful as the music and events of the time. This book is a truly inspired concept and the writers have all risen well to the challenge.
Zena Shapter says in her Goodreads review:
Journeying into worlds populated by book-burning terrorists and shape-shifting political activists, by ghosts, vampires, devils and a cybernetic freedom crusader with one last trick to play, “Eighty-Nine” is a testament to the imagination.
EIGHTY NINE was also mentioned along side CSFG’s Winds of Change and Kayelle Press’s Hope Anthology in Ben Payne’s (2011 Aurealis Awards judge) review of the year.
A lot of the energy in 2011 came from new publishers… taken as a whole they offer an interesting view of a bunch of new writers who are quietly making progress and no doubt creating their own energy as the next generation to those currently being published by publishers like Twelfth Planet. It’s well worth looking at these venues for a glimpse of the future.