In August 2009, the publication of The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF, edited by Mike Ashley, was announced, and the table of contents posted. The SF fan community quickly pointed out that all the authors were named Mike. Mike di Filippo, one of the authors in the anthology, responded defensively, generating more waves of fire.
- Initial announcement with ToC -- see also Mike di Filippo's defensive remarks in comments
- Further defensive attempts at explanation by Mike di Filippo quoted in rosefox's journal
- Three point Monday by Jim Hines (see point 2 and comments)
- Manthology fail - because real scifi is written with the peen by maevele
- This is why science fiction can't have nice things by An Enraged Black Woman
- More potatoes. And corn. Don't forget the corn. Corn is important. by lanning
- I dunno, "Mammoth" seems like a great name by shweta-narayan
- Only the word doesn't mean "big" so much as "badly adapted to the current climate and thus extinct, though possibly preserved in ice and unaware of its own extinction".
- I see your hair matches your oblique segues by gloss
- It's good for people to have things to discuss by James Nicoll. See comments eg.:
- "Mike Ashley has just given Di Filippo the impression that he's a better writer than Octavia Butler, Pat Cadigan, Nancy Kress, C.J. Cherryh, and Samuel Frickin' Delany, among many others."