There is a mystery brewing in my office: I have an anthology—Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition edited by Rich Horton—and on the cover there are three names (all of them belong to significant writers in the genre) and not one of them has a story in the anthology. The names: Joe Haldeman, Alastair Reynolds, and Michael Swanwick.
Unless I’m missing something—which very well could be the case—this seems like devious marketing. These are authors who sell well, have a strong fan base, and could very well be the deciding factor between purchasing the book or not. And unless you go over the table of contents you would never know they are not represented in the anthology.
Fortunately the works represented in this anthology really are pretty great, even if there isn’t a Joe Haldeman story in the bunch. I haven’t read every story, but the few I have, have been well written, interesting and thought provoking. But still, what is the deal with the Haldeman, Reynolds, and Swanwick names on the cover?
UPDATE: If you haven't clicked on the comments link for this post, do so because the editor, Rich Horton, has explained what happened with the cover design. It was a mix-up, and the contributors from last year ended up on the cover this year. I knew there had to be an explanation.