As part of our 2018 round-up, Andrew Wallace embarks on an odyssey of words …
An Alien Optic
2001: An Odyssey in Words, ed. Ian Whates & Tom Hunter (NewCon Press 2018)
2001: An Odyssey in Words was published to commemorate the centenary of Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s birth. It includes new stories and features of exactly 2001 words by twenty-seven leading SF writers, all winners or shortlistees of the Clarke Award. At a scant 2001 words, the easy gag would be to say if you don’t like the piece you’re reading, there will be another one along soon. But really, this is an extraordinary collection, and there isn’t a duff piece in the lot.