Less than a day after the release of the newest trailer for Spectre (and holy god am I stoked for it), I awaken to discover the full official reveal of Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond. Ever since editors/opportunists Madeline Ashby and David Nickle jumped on the copyright expiration of the iconic spy with the manic gusto of true-blue supervillains, I have been anxiously awaiting the announcement of the book’s full lineup of authors.
Especially because they accepted my contribution “Not an Honourable Disease.”
And most especially because I figured this was all a big joke on me and my story would be nowhere to be seen.
It’s a hell of an ensemble , and what I’m doing amongst this troupe of terrific authors is anyone’s guess (humblebrag!). If someone had ever told me I’d someday add a small piece of mine own to the James Bond canon, I’d have called them a liar. And then ran away, sobbing, to my mother for a hug. Because my feelings were hurt by a big liar.
Behold the Licence Expired official Table of Contents. I’m linking each author to information on their works (when possible), so you can behold just how fantastic this collection will be.
- Matt Sherman — Forward
- David Nickle (ed.) — Introduction: The Bitch is Dead
- Jacqueline Baker — “One is Sorrow”
- Robert J. Wiersema — “The Gales of the World
- Richard Lee Byers — “Red Indians”
- Kelly Robson — “The Gladiator Lie
- E.L. Chen — “Half the Sky”
- Jeffrey Ford — “In Havana”
- Michael Skeet — “Mastering The Art of French Killing”
- Iain McLaughlin — “A Dirty Business”
- Catherine McLeod — “Sorrow’s Spy”
- Karl Schroeder — “Mosaic”
- James Alan Gardner — “The Spy Who Remembered Me”
- Jamie Mason — “Daedelus
- Alyx Dellamonica — “Through Your Eyes Only”
- Ian Rogers — “Two Graves”
- Charles Stross — “No Mr. Bond”
- Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer — “The Man with the Beholden Gun: an e-pistol-ary story by some other Ian Fleming”
- Laird Barron — “The Cyclorama”
- Claude Lalumière — “You Never Love Once”
- Corey Redekop — “Not an Honourable Disease”
- Madeline Ashby (ed.) — Afterword
I’d like to thank Madeline and David for allowing me this opportunity and accepting my weird little story. I’ll talk more about “Not an Honourable Disease” closer to the release date of November, 2015. For now, I’ll just bask in my own warm glow of happiness.