Dominique joins what strikes me as a very distinguished list of authors for the book. It's got names that should now be established as mainstays in the field of local Speculative Fiction (like Ian Casocot and Andrew Drilon), wide-ranging awardwinners (like Yvette Tan and Alfred Yuson), and people who I could probably take on in a one-on-one cage match (like Joseph Nacino and Charles Tan). There are a number of notably missing names -- Vin Simbulan and Chiles Samaniego among others -- but I'm pretty sure that their works will be back in the spotlight soon.
Furthermore, one of Dean's subsequent comments tickled me quite a bit:
We specifically wanted the Yuson, and believe it belongs in the antho. We've loved it for some time. I think you'll like the stories of the authors you mentioned above - as well as a goodly number of the younger writers.
"The Yuson", he says. The last time I heard anything like that, it involved a priceless Amorsolo painting getting manhandled out of its display case. I don't doubt that we're referring to some works of art here, but I'd still laugh if I ever had to refer to a short story as "The Yuson", or "The Casocot", or "The Nacino". Or, heaven forbid, "The Sean".
What fools we writers be. :)