The Great Isolation

The Great Isolation

by aaron a. abeytaKevin J. Anderson Tyson Hausdoerffer and others

Publication Date: 22/07/2020


For a moment, the world stood still…

…but our people were forced to stand alone.

And in the midst of this darkness, one Colorado group decided to use art to heal broken hearts.

As mandatory stay-at-home orders continued, it became clear that the Coronavirus pandemic would not surrender anytime soon. Feelings of trepidation and sadness spread like wildfire, and our people grew weary and afraid.

That's when the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Western Colorado University created "The Great Isolation Writing Contest," to take away some of the powerlessness that some were feeling.

Seventeen winners of that competition are represented in this anthology. Writers from different disciplines—nature writing, screenwriting, poetry, and genre fiction—expressed their responses to a world we could no longer understand. And all were gathered and published in a new volume by the Publishing students at Western.

Each entry in this collection is innovative and brings us through emotions that range from exciting, to funny, to reflective. And just as The Decameron became the literary voice of the 14th century's black plague, so too "The Great Isolation" is our collective answer to the 21st century pandemic.

We are, it seems, in this aloneness together.

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​Western Colorado University Foundation
Kevin J. Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson is the author of nearly 100 novels, 48 of which have appeared on national or international bestseller lists; he has over 20 million books in print in thirty languages. He has won or been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, the SFX Reader's Choice Award, and New York Times Notable Book. By any measure, he is one of the most popular writers currently working in the genre.

Anderson has coauthored eleven books in the Dune saga with Brian Herbert, including the most recent, The Winds of Dune. Herbert and Anderson are co-producers on a major new film of Dune from Paramount. Anderson's popular epic SF series, The Saga of Seven Suns, is his most ambitious work; all seven volumes were just released in paperback and topped international bestseller lists. He is currently at work on a sweeping fantasy trilogy, Terra Incognita, about sailing ships, sea monsters, and the crusades. The first novel, The Edge of the World, was released in June 2009.

As an innovative companion project to Terra Incognita, Anderson cowrote (with wife Rebecca Moesta) the lyrics for an ambitious rock CD based on The Edge of the World. Performed by the new supergroup Roswell Six for ProgRock Records, the CD is a groundbreaking project featuring performances by rock legends from Dream Theater, Asia, Saga, Kansas, Rocket Scientists, Shadow Gallery, and others.

His novel Enemies & Allies chronicles the first meeting of Batman and Superman in the 1950s during the Cold War; also for HarperCollins/DC, Anderson wrote The Last Days of Krypton, chronicling the end of Superman's planet.

He has written numerous Star Wars projects, including the Jedi Academy trilogy, Darksaber, the Young Jedi Knights series (with Moesta), and Tales of the Jedi comics from Dark Horse. Fans might also know him from his X-Files novels or Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son. He has published comics with DC, Marvel, IDW, Wildstorm, Topps, and Dark Horse.

Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde is an author and technology consultant. In 2015, her debut novel, Updraft, won the Andre Norton Award for Best Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy and was nominated for the Best Novel Nebula Award.

While not working on her Bone Universe books, Wilde writes short stories for various popular SFF publications and blogs about food and genre for Cooking the Books, the popular social-parenting website GeekMom, and at The Washington Post.

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