Because my background is in linguistics, the etymology of words always fascinates me, so while I was featuring this collection of short stories in FULL DARK I looked up “anthology.” It seems the word entered our language in the 1600s. We borrowed it from the Greek word, anthologia which means The Garland. The story behind this association belongs to a Greek named, Meleager who collected lyric poets’ work, put them into a single collection and compared each poet to a flower or plant, forming, in a metaphorical way, a garland.
Want to test your knowledge of the anthology and it’s link to Sci-Fi? Try these True/False Questions and next week I’ll be back with the answers–I hope.
1 Early science fiction was developed and nurtured in serial newspaper articles.
2 One of the early sci-fi pulp fiction magazine was edited by Hugo Gernsback. The Hugo Award was named after him.
While I’ve featured FULL DARK this month, some of the authors have made guest appearances. Here are the others whose stories appeared in the anthology: Tonja Drecker, Carrie Butler, Lisa Buie-Collard, Nick Wilford, Elizabeth Seckman, Celeste Holloway, and Michelle Athy.
Melissa Maygrove pulled this together after another anthology project fell through. Her story Retribution was another of my favorites.
Answers to last week’s T/F Quiz on Sci-Fi Stuff
1 Mary Shelley’s 1818 publication, Frankenstein, is soon to have a 200th birthday. Is it true or false that her story, The Last Man, vies with Frankenstein for first place as the first true science fiction novel?
*TRUE. Still, there’s debate about if either of Shelley’s books were the first in this genre.
2 Scientists have given up trying to prove that Einstein was right when he proposed that the higher you live above sea level the faster time passes.
*FALSE. Scientists have used atomic clocks to prove that time moves faster at higher altitudes, even on this planet. I loved this article, “Einstein’s theory is proved – and it is bad news if you own a penthouse.”
Quote of the Week: “A handful of sand is an anthology of the universe.”