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Announcing... The Lowest Heaven


We are delighted to announce The Lowest Heaven, a new anthology of contemporary science fiction published in partnership with the Royal Observatory Greenwich to coincide with Visions of the Universe, their major new exhibition of space imagery. 

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Each story in The Lowest Heaven is themed around a body in the Solar System, from the Sun to Halley’s Comet. The stories are illustrated with photographs and artwork selected from the archives of the Royal Observatory, while the book’s cover and overall design are the work of award-winning illustrator Joey Hi-Fi.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Dr. Marek Kukula (Royal Observatory Greenwich)
  • "Golden Apple" by Sophia McDougall (The Sun)
  • "A Map of Mercury" by Alastair Reynolds (Mercury)
  • "The Happiest Place on [Expletive Deleted] Venus" by Archie Black (Venus)
  • "The Krakatoan" by Maria Dahvana Headley (Earth)
  • "An account of a voyage from World to World again, by way of the Moon, 1726" by Adam Roberts (The Moon)
  • "WWBD" by Simon Morden (Mars)
  • "Saga's Children" by E.J. Swift (Ceres)
  • "The Jupiter Files" by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (Jupiter)
  • "Magnus Lucretius" by Mark Charan Newton (Europa)
  • "Air, Water and the Grove" by Kaaron Warren (Saturn)
  • "Only Human" by Lavie Tidhar (Titan)
  • "Uranus" by Esther Saxey (Uranus)
  • "From This Day Forward" by David Bryher (Neptune)
  • "We'll Always Be Here" by S.L. Grey (Pluto & Charon)
  • "Enyo-Enyo" by Kameron Hurley (Eris)
  • "The Comet's Tale" by Matt Jones (Halley's Comet)
  • "The Grand Tour" by James Smythe (Voyager I)

Items from the Royal Observatory’s collection of astronomical photography will also be on display as part of Visions of the Universe, alongside images from world-class telescopes and recent space missions. The exhibition opens in June at the National Maritime Museum.

We're happy... no... elated. Amazing writers, astounding partner, incredible photography, Joey Hi-Fi and simply some of the best science fiction we've ever read. This collection is definitely more literary than operatic, although there are some cheeky nods to the classics of the genre, these are contemporary, character-focused stories, with more than bit of edge to them. Science fiction's oldest inspirations, our closest celestial neighbours - just as relevant today as they ever were. 

(Also, robots, rockets and space monsters. Because.)

The Lowest Heaven is out on 13 June 2013 as a trade paperback and an eBook available on all the usual platforms. A signed limited edition will be available exclusively from the Royal Observatory Greenwich and direct from our website.