The Internet Has Failed Me

Posted: October 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

I don’t ask for much. (Okay, I do ask for much, as anyone who’s seen my five-page wishlist knows, but That’s Not The Point.)

All I want right now is a nice graduate student thesis or obscure fifty-dollar university press book about the literary theory behind anthologies. The CCC project (now in the queue for December start) is about a serial fiction anthology magazine. I want some interesting perspectives on how anthologies are put together, how they’re balanced, how the tesserae form the mosaic, that sort of thing.


Oh, there’s loads of Literary Theory: an Anthology or the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, loads of “poetry doesn’t have to suck” anthologies, online dictionary definitions of “anthology,” The Beatles Anthology, stuff like that. The easy searches. Delving deeper, “serial fiction anthology” search didn’t get me anywhere.

This is the fucking internet, people! I can find articles on butter sculpture and medieval fabric pornography, but no one anywhere has written anything about anthologies? It’s in the A volume of the encyclopedia, for God’s sake! Some graduate student somewhere must have come up with something about them between “Symbolism of the Anthill” and “Anthracite: An Interpretive Dance.” And, of course, since everything else ever done has been posted somewhere, it must be on the Internet!

Except it isn’t.

The Internet has failed me. And Internet, I am so, so disappointed in you…


Tomorrow: No Post, Weekend. (Not to be confused with “no soap, radio.”)

  1. Laurie says:

    Deals with the history of anthology but if you follow the links it may lead you through to what you’re seeking.

  2. MHPayne says:

    Ah, “no soap, radio”:

    I vaguely recall a TV series of that name, too, when I was a lad. Lasted about 3 weeks, I think…

    Anyway, take a look at this web page – – and see if that book might be of interest to you. I might even have a few issues of the SFWA Bulletin floating around here with some of Bud’s individual articles on the various science-fiction anthologies he looks at; I could mail them down to you and that’d give you a better idea if what he’s talking about might prove helpful.

    Basically, each article focuses on some old SF anthology or two, talks about the editor–he even interviews some of them–talks about the authors, talks about the stories and how they work individually and as a group. It’s not exactly the sort of thing you’re looking for, I don’t think, but it might be as close as you’re gonna come…


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