Sunday, 30 April 2017

Tachyon

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JABberwocky is now handling foreign rights for a number of titles published by Tachyon Publications. The following titles are now available for foreign sale:

Tachyon Titles
Ancient Rockets by Kage Baker (2012)
In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle (2017) | Biblio & Rights Info
The Roberts by Michael Blunlein (2011)
The Cutting Room by Ellen Datlow | Biblio. & Rights Info
Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror edited by Ellen Datlow (2010) | Biblio. & Rights Info
Hauntings edited by Ellen Datlow (2013)
Lovecraft’s Monsters
edited by Ellen Datlow (2014) | Biblio. & Rights Info
The Search for Philip K. Dick
by Anne R. Dick (2010) | Biblio & Rights Info
The Wall of America
by Thomas M. Disch (2008)
The Word of God
by Thomas M. Disch (2008)
The Very Best of Kate Elliott by Kate Elliott | Biblio. & Rights Info
The Secret City by Carol Emshwiller (2007)
Reading the Bones
by Sheila Finch (2003)
The Good Humor Man
by Andrew Fox (2009)
We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory (2014) | Biblio. & Rights Info
Stable Strategies and Others
by Eileen Gunn (2004)
Sword and Sorcery Anthology
edited by David G. Hartwell and Jacob Weisman (2012) | Biblio. & Rights Info
Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology
by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel (2007)
Apes of Wrath
by Richard Klaw (2013)
Portable Childhoods by Ellen Klages (2007) | Biblio. & Rights Info
Super Stories of Heroes and Villains edited by Claude Lalumiere (2013)
The Fate of Mice by Susan Palwick (2007)
Pirate Utopia by Bruce Sterling (2016) | Biblio & Rights Info
The Treasury of the Fantastic, edited by David Sandner and Jacob Weisman (2013)
She Walks in Darkness by Evangeline Walton (2013)
The Very Best of Tad Williams by Tad Williams (2014) | Biblio & Rights Info.
Invaders: 22 Tales from the Outer Limits of Literature edited by Jacob Weisman

 

Reviews

For Kage Baker

“Whatever she wrote, she told a superlative adventure filled with characteristic wit and humor, often with a touch of romance. Baker was a preeminent storyteller, and her works are engaging and compulsively readable.”

Tor.com

“[Baker’s] a fine prose stylist with a skeptical intelligence and a black sense of humor.”

The Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Baker is a writer worth following into any fictional territory.”

The San Francisco Chronicle

“Baker shows the ability to write humorously, handle fantasy, science fiction, and other genres, and make the reader care about the characters and the worlds in which she is populating…Baker’s career as a published author was short, but prolific.”

SF Site

“Baker’s Company novels are a monumental achievement of imagination and whimsy.”

Starlog

“Anything Kage Baker publishes I will immediately rush out and read!   I am never disappointed.  The woman is a marvel.  She can take on any voice, in any time, and make it sing high and low.”

—Ellen Kushner
Nebula Award winning author of The Privilege of the Sword

“Kage Baker is a fresh, audacious, ambitious new voice, wry, jazzy, irreverent, sharp as a razor, full of daring, dash and elan, sometimes surprisingly lyrical. She is also one hell of a storyteller. If you’re reading something by Kage Baker, fasten your seat belt—you’re in for a wild ride.”

—Gardner Dozois
Founding editor of The Year’s Best Science Fiction

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ANCIENT ROCKETS by Kage Baker

“When beloved SF author Kage Baker was battling the illness that ultimately took her life, she distracted herself by watching old science-fiction silent movies, and reviewing them for Tor.com. The 49 reviews include some films you’ve probably seen, and some you’ve undoubtedly never heard of. Now Tachyon [Publications] has collected all of them in a beautiful little book, which is so full of snark and wit that you’ll feel as if Baker was sitting with you giving her commentary on these films.”

io9.com

“Ms. Baker is the best thing to happen to modern science fiction since Connie Willis or Dan Simmons. She mixes adventure, history and societal concerns in just the right amount.”

Dallas News

“The standard for good film reviewing has been to be both knowledgeable and witty, pointed in criticism and effusive in praise, with the understanding that experiments that fail are sometimes still worth a look. Kage Baker’s reviews have all those qualities, plus a genuine affection for these early films.”

SF Site

“She’s an edgy, funny, complex, ambitious writer with the mysterious, true gift of story-telling.”

—Ursula K. Le Guin

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For IN CALABRIA by Peter S. Beagle

“Neatly playing the strictures of Claudio’s simple rural life against the shimmering wildness of the unicorn, Beagle’s kindly fable shows how a man who seems to have nothing can really have everything—with just a touch of magic.” 

Publishers Weekly

For THE ROBERTS by Michael Blunlein

“Blumlein has a gift for beautifully evocative prose.”

Booklist

“Blumein knows how to tell a story and how to hold a reader’s attention.”

Interzone

“THE ROBERTS is an impressive novella packing emotional as well as intellectual punch which serves as an example of how speculative ideas and approaches can enhance rather than detract from the emotional core of a story…Michael Blumlein has provided a model with this text that haunts the reader far beyond the brief hour or two required to read it.”

SF Site

“A breezy read with a terrific ending”’

Handee Books

“Blumlein is beyond any genre, a genuinely great writer.”

—Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love 

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For Ellen Datlow

“The field’s leading anthologist.”

Washington Post

“With her keen eye for craftsmanship, prolific anthologist Datlow always delivers first-class entertainment, whether her genre-at-hand is sf, fantasy, or, in this case, horror.”

Booklist

“Ellen Datlow takes “pretty cool” to a whole new level…to say she is a rock star of the industry is quite the understatement.”

The Little Red Reviewer

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For THE CUTTING ROOM, edited by Ellen Datlow

“Superstar editor Datlow makes no missteps in this reprint collection of dark tales involving movies and moviemaking…really, the entire volume is outstanding.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review!

“This themed anthology revolves around the idea that the separation between what is real and what we see on film is not as clear as we’d like to think it is. What if, for example, the Wicked Witch of the West didn’t stay in Oz? What if James Dean got a second chance at life? These are just some of the weird-but-cool ideas explored in this tempting volume of stories from renowned editor Ellen Datlow, who collects 23 scary tales by the likes of Peter Straub, Genevieve Valentine, Robert Shearman, Laird Barron and more.”

Kirkus
“Excellent Horror Reads for October”

“This collection of 23 stories should appeal to fans of horror and SF primarily, though noir and hard-boiled-mystery readers should feel welcome too…. Definitely worth checking out.”

Booklist

“Many of the stories (and both poems) embrace the sometimes sinister and often magical relationship between viewer and film… The attraction is deliciously dangerous and potentially deadly…delectable horrors [await] the reader within THE CUTTING ROOM.”

Diabolique Magazine

“It’s pretty much a given that an Ellen Datlow anthology will at least be good, if not great…THE CUTTING ROOM is no exception. Each tale flows into the next with such natural ease.”

Lit Reactor

“Horror stories about the cinema in some capacity. There was no way I wouldn’t like this book, regardless of whether I was a horror and film buff or not. Datlow’s pretty much the master of the anthology, and it shows here.”

LitReactor
“Favorite reads of 2014”

“Ellen Datlow puts together some really good books and this might be one of my favorite to date.  Dark fantasy/horror stories strung along a theme of films and filmmaking.  What a brilliant concept.”

Looking for a Good Book

“When Datlow’s name is on the cover, however, you know the collection will contain the highest quality writing and arranging…. The Cutting Room is a major success.”

Ensuing Chapters

“Wonderful strangeness.”

True Review

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For DARKNESS: TWO DECADES OF MODERN HORROR, edited by Ellen Datlow

“A superb sampling of some of the most significant short horror works…This is an anthology to be cherished and an invaluable reference for horror aficionados.”

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review!

“This collection’s range of subjects and forms of storytelling gives us enough quality to be added to your summer reading list.”

New York Journal of Books

“DARKNESS promises to please both longtime fans and readers who have no clue what ‘splatterpunk’ was supposed to mean.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Eclectic…a complete overview of some of the best horror stories published in the last twenty years.”

SF Site

A great collection of terror tales spaninng the last twenty years…I loved every one of them…I give my highest recommendation for this book.”

Hellnotes (Brian M. Sammons)

“About as close to horror perfection as any fan could ask for in an anthology.”

Choate Road Horror Blog

“The book was a great time capsule…almost like finding buried treasure…anyone looking to get a diverse sampling of what the last few decades have to offer, this is a book you shouldn’t miss.”

Rabid Reads

“Datlow is a high-calibre anthologist and DARKNESS is another in a long line of books assembled by her that I would recommend.”

—Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Innsmouth Free Press
Author of This Strange Way of Dying and Signal to Noise

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For HAUNTINGS, edited by Ellen Datlow

“The collection flows smoothly, capturing the pleasantly shivery dread of a round of ghost stories told by a fire…Solid entries by Neil Gaiman, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and Joyce Carol Oates capture the mood perfectly and will thrill fans of the eerie.”

Publishers Weekly

“[HAUNTINGS is] apt to entertain and disquiet the horror fans.”

SF Site, featured review!

“Datlow once again proves herself as a master editor. Her mission to broaden readers’ concepts of what a haunting can be is nothing short of a success, and the twenty-four stories on display run the gamut from explicitly terrifying to eerily familiar. Readers who wish to be haunted themselves should not miss this one. Highly recommended.”

Arkham Digest

“I have a short list of editors that I will buy an anthology of, regardless of whether or not I have even heard of the writers it contains, and Ellen Datlow is at the top of that list. She has this crazy knack of consistently putting together stellar anthologies and HAUNTINGS is no different.”

Horror Talk

“Award-winning horror editor Ellen Datlow offers readers a skillfully crafted, captivating collection with HAUNTINGS, an anthology of twenty-four reprinted ghostly tales from the last 25 years of horror literature.”

Rue Morgue

“That delicious sense of tantalization, of maybe and what if, impelled me through page after page, encountering intriguing characters, spine-shivering settings, and bits and pieces (sometimes literally…of corpses)….”

Hellnotes

“A book that must surely be an early contender for any and every Best Anthology award going this year.”

Black Static

“Take a gander at Ellen Datlow’s stellar collection HAUNTINGS and learn what being haunted really means…There is no better way to combat the upcoming summer heat than with a fabulous collection of chills.”

Revolution SF

“Twenty four tales in all spanning the years 1983 through 2012, Ms Datlow has assembled a formidable community of eminent genre artists working at the very heights of their literary powers to create this outstanding dark fantasy anthology. This is the best of the best—don’t miss it!”

The Tomb of Dark Delights

“This collection is formidable…”

True Review

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For LOVECRAFT’S MONSTERS, edited by Ellen Datlow

“Some of the best Lovecraftian short fiction of the past 30 years.”

The Washington Post

“There’s a lot to love in LOVECRAFT’S MONSTERS, an anthology which is both faithful and inventive at the same time. Unafraid to take risks and snazzily illustrated, this collection is proof that the Cthulhu cult remains as strong as ever.”

Starburst Magazine

“This collection is a pleaser for those of use who like the dark stuff. There’s a story in the anthology by Brian Hodge, The Same Deep Waters as You, that is the stand-out for me and still gives me shivers just thinking about it. If you like Lovecraft even a little bit, this collection is a must.”

Book Riot
“Best Books of 2014 So Far”

“Datlow brings together some of the top SF/F and horror writers working today and has them play in Lovecraft’s bizarre world. And that’s a delight.”

January Magazine

“Ellen Datlow’s second editorial outing into the realm of Lovecraft proves even more fruitful than the first. Focusing on Lovecraftian monsters, Datlow offers readers sixteen stories and two poems of a variety that should please any fans of the genre.”

The Arkham Digest

“For LOVECRAFT’S MONSTERS, each writer had the same agenda: come up with a fresh take on one of the legendary author’s otherworldly creatures, like Cthulhu, the Shoggoths, the Elder Things and Yog-Sothoth. (Trust, they’re scarier than those tongue-twisting names suggest.) Adding to the book’s excellence, illustrator John Coulthart provided gorgeous new black-and-white artwork for each story.”

Complex

“In the case of LOVECRAFT’S MONSTERS, edited by the great Ellen Datlow, the quality of the stories is both a celebration of HPL’s legacy and a reminder of the wealth of talent the genre has to offer…. It’s simple: if you like Lovecraftian fiction, you need to get this.”

Horror Talk

“There’s no need to have previously read Lovecraft’s work to enjoy LOVECRAFT’S MONSTERS, but the collection will surely leave you with the desire to acquaint or reacquaint you with HPL canon.”

Rue Morgue

“LOVECRAFT’S MONSTERS will appeal to fans of Lovecraft’s work, particularly his Mythos stories, and to readers of dark fiction everywhere. Datlow is an experienced and keen editor of dark fiction and has assembled a truly impressive list of stories.”

LitReactor

“I LOVED this book. I love retellings, especially horror, and these were done in a great way. From sea creatures to demons there is a story for everyone. After I read this book I read the originals and I was very happy with the way this book was written.”

Night Owl Reviews
Top Pick!

“…an entirely enjoyable read… for Mythos devotees I would highly recommend picking it up.”

Seattle Geekly

“Editor Ellen Datlow has put together an anthology that will rock your liquid fantasies. Tachyon Publications has produced an excellent themed anthology. Lovecraft enthusiasts will plunge into the volume and be happily immersed in the content.”

Diabolique Magazine

“LOVECRAFT’S MONSTERS is a must-read for any fans of the Cthulhu Mythos.”

Geek Smash

“An excellent anthology of horror stories…. I highly recommend it!”

Black Gate

An amazing and diverse treasure trove of stories… unique and wonderful, showcasing the best of Lovecraft’s wicked imagination and the endless talents of several of today’s finest authors.”

Shattered Ravings

“Edited by Ellen Datlow” serves as an almost gold-plated guarantee of quality…LOVECRAFT’S MONSTERS is a fitting tribute to a master who created a cosmos larger that his own imagination and invited others to share it.”

Hellnotes

“This is a must-have anthology for fans of things that go squick in the night.”

Lit Rant

“Fans of the HBO True Detective series (and those who are not) will love this new themed anthology from acclaimed genre editor, Ellen Datlow.”

Count Gore / Creature Feature
“Top Ten Books of 2014”

“Each story is a dark wonder and the volume itself is absolutely gorgeous, sumptuously illustrated throughout with steampunky-baroque original art by World Fantasy Award-winning artist John Coulthart. LOVECRAFT’S MONSTERS is a must-have for every fan of dark speculative fiction, so click on the cover graphic and grab it!”

—Count Gore / Creature Feature

“LOVECRAFT’S MONSTERS, edited by Ellen Datlow and published by Tachyon Publications, is a reprint anthology of some carefully chosen and mighty fine Lovecraftian short stories, novellas and poems…. All in all it is a terrific selection of works, and one that any fan of Lovecratian works should add to their collection.”

Fear.net

“Amazing and creative tales each with a striking illustration by John Coulthart…I fully recommend adding this nice anthology for all fans of Lovecraft.”

Dark Corners

“This was a very entertaining collection, full of well-written works…A great choice for fans of H. P. Lovecraft, those who are simply just fans of his incredible monsters, or those who have little to no familiarity with either and would like to get a taste of the infamous Cthulhu Mythos.”

Book and Coffee Addict

“[A] delightful array of little pieces that range in mood and subject…. Unholy sacrifice, forbidden love, a private dick on the trail of a murderer—there’s something there for everyone.”

The Jaded Consumer

“So I am telling you now, in the name of Yog-Sothoth, get this book, and prepare to lose some sleep.”

The Bookend Family

“With Ellen Datlow at the helm, there was never really any doubt about the quality of the selections on hand . . . .LOVECRAFT’S MONSTERS is certainly a worthy addition to any horror library.”

—Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Innsmouth Free Press
Author of Signal to Noise

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For THE SEARCH FOR PHILIP K. DICK by Anne R. Dick

“Invaluable for Dick fans and scholars because it’s told by the one person he was close to at an important turning point in his career.”

New York Times

“Anne R. Dick offers a compelling look at a giant of science fiction…a pleasure to read.”

Valley Advocate

“I am impressed. Besides being a remarkably accurate and lifelike picture of the man, it is also a rattling good tale, like a real-life detective story.”

—Ray Nelson
Author of “Eight O’Clock in the Morning”

Anne’s detailed account of her years with Philip K. Dick is a must-read for anyone discovering the autobiographical elements in his writing. No other biography gives the reader as strong a sense of how he crafted his fiction, where he got his characters, and what made him tick. Parts of Anne’s memoir are instantly recognizable to PKD’s readers as they describe the inspiration for many of his most bizarre fictional scenes.”

—David Gill
San Francisco State University; The Total Dick-Head (blog)

“The secret of Phil Dick’s greatness, as with so many other great men, is his …third wife, Anne. You can see her influence in the development of his  novels, their increasing awareness of the human/family/sexual element. Most SF writers simply didn’t pay attention to such things, which are the entire concern of mainstream fiction. Dick was almost alone among the SF writers of his day in trying to write mainstream novels himself. And what is their constant theme? His battles with, and bafflement by, and love of Anne, the Other who never left his thoughts….”

—Thomas M. Disch,
author of Camp Concentration

“I found the manuscript utterly engrossing on two levels: first, as a sympathetic yet clear-eyed study in the round of an extraordinary personality, and second, as a source of innumerable clues about PKD’s work. I consider it prime source material for anyone interesting in PKD the man or the writings of PKD. I not only understand him better now, but have fresh insights into several of the novels and short stories….”

—Meritt Abrash, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

“…an amazingly thorough job, even though…dealing at times with people who could have been hostile. And then [Anne Dick] wrote the whole complicated story in clear, fast-moving, and entertaining prose.”

—Floyd M. Shumway, Yale University

 

“In all the critical literature-review-type books, yours comes as a breath of fresh air.”

—Perry Kinman “Razzelweave,” PKD zine (Japan)

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For THE WALL OF AMERICA by Thomas M. Disch

“This collection of 19 later short pieces by author and poet Disch lovingly tears into the realities and fantasies of American life….These tales show Disch at his masterful, acerbic best.”

Publishers Weekly

“One of the most remarkably talented writers around.”

The Washington Post Book World

“[Disch] leaves a legacy of brilliantly written poetry, essays, and fiction…His final story collection offers 19 satiric and often surreal stories that showcase his legendarily versatile imagination and keen eye for the absurd…his subtle wit and provocative ideas are irresistibly captivating. His distinctive voice in sf will be sorely missed.”
Booklist

“…bitter and sharp…not to be missed.”

Locus

“A few writers – Bradbury, Vonnegut and Ballard among them – possess such coherent, idiosyncratic talent that, in spite of their visionary imaginations, the reader becomes engaged chiefly with their style or characters. The invention, superb as it is, becomes almost secondary. Thomas M Disch…was such a writer…An ironist and a satirist.”

The Telegraph (UK)

“…a worthy volume from a writer who we really needed to be alive today, skewering hypocrisy and sometimes unearthing the sunny side of suffering.”

Los Angeles Times

“…darkly satirical stories that evoke laughs as they twist the knife…. No subject is sacred….”

Roanoke Times

“A certain mordant joie de vivre compounded equally of hard-boiled and reluctant romanticism, Schadenfreude, self-knowledge, disdain, elitism, compassion, fatalism, ingenuity, and willed naiveté.”

Barnes&Noble.com

“The stories are rich, sardonic, despairing, and mischievous by turns, capable of being emotionally resonant and laugh-out-loud funny in the same breath.”

Sci Fi Magazine

“…extraordinary wit and gusto….”

LA City Beat

“There’s a certain sophistication in Thomas M. Disch’s writing, especially with his tendency to combine dystopias with a light-hearted and almost playful tone…. [T]he stories come out fresh and unique…his reputation is well deserved.”

Bibliophile Stalker

“…mesmerizing…. Vivid, starkly imagined, and strikingly articulate, this disquieting
compilation is a journey that skillfully straddles the line between absurdity and irony.”

Book Buzz

“The nineteen stories in this collection display a savage wit and biting satire that I have rarely encountered in contemporary speculative fiction writing.”

The OF Blog

The stories in THE WALL OF AMERICA are among the best I’ve ever read…e is one of the most intelligent and urbane writers I’ve ever read…THE WALL OF AMERICA is a triumph.”

Wrapped Up in Books

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For THE WORD OF GOD by Thomas M. Disch

“Satire, sociology, religion, and biography get tossed into a blender in New Wave poet and fantasist Disch’s latest roller-coaster ride…The careful reader will tease out many solid truths from the tangle of humor, history, surrealism, and speculation. The density of ideas packed into this short book is as impressive as Disch’s mastery of his craft.”

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review!

“Amusing and subversive…. SF veteran [Thomas M.] Disch fires another salvo in the ongoing debate between atheists and believers.”

Booklist

“Thomas M. Disch isn’t afraid of backlash for what some might consider the writings of a heretic…extraordinarily funny….”

Kirkus

“…a whimsy with sharp teeth and serious satirical purpose, about religion, literature, sexuality, and the art of being Thomas M. Disch.”

—The New York Review of Science Fiction

“Movie Pitch: Bruce Almighty as a pitch-dark Charlie Kaufman dramedy…a fitting coda to a career spent perfecting the art of the unsettling. Grade: A-.”

Entertainment Weekly

“My faith was rewarded with a soul-satisfying reading experience.”

—Denver Post

“[Disch’s] audacious imagination, his fierce refusal to give in to conventional ideas, and his dark humor…are all on brilliant display in this satiric masterpiece.”

Asimov’s Science Fiction

“…the kind of hairpin intellectual carnival ride old-school SF fans used to delight in.”

—Los Angeles City Beat

“THE WORD OF GOD constructs a more complex relationship between the reader and what is read, between the implied author and the real author, and the implied reader and the real person…between reportage and fictionality, between text and pretext, than any book I can remember encountering.”

Sci Fi Weekly

“It is really an odd little mixture; fun and clever but with a serious undertone…a fitting last work.”

SF Site

“This gorgeously wicked, heartbreakingly sweet satire settles old scores and initiates new ones, skewering its subjects with intelligence and wit. Disch’s generosity as a writer, as well as the keenness and breadth of his intellect, shine forth in these pages.”

Realms of Fantasy

“I had never thought of Tom as stooping to God before, but it turns out to have been a good idea. It’s good to hear from a Voice up there that knows the score, knows how to share His laughter with those who are mostly victims of His terrible laugh, knows that He too is art of the Joke. So please stay on high. Do us all Worlds of good.”

John Clute
Founder of Interzone magazine

“The god Disch is brilliant, startling, playful, vengeful, poetic, and kind of scary. As gods go, we could do worse. The writer Disch is brilliant, startling, playful, vengeful, poetic, and kind of scary. As writers go, there is no one better.”

—Karen Joy Fowler
Author of The Jane Austen Book Club

“Of course, Tom has always been Jovial…but an actual divinity? Only now must I relinquish my birthright atheism, in recognition of the presence of a literary god.

Norman Rush
Author of Mating and Mortals

“A lovely, funny, interesting, incisive, and wonderfully blasphemous novel.”

—Jeff VanderMeer
Author of City of Saints and Madmen
and Shriek

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For THE VERY BEST OF KATE ELLIOTT

“The standalones especially shine, and the political intrigue and subtle humor that Elliott brings to the fascinating culture and government system of “The Queen’s Garden” make it perhaps the finest work in the book. This collection serves beautifully both as an introduction to Elliott and as a treat for fans who want more of her marvels.”

Publishers Weekly , Starred Review!

“Elliott’s delightful first collection contains standalone works, essays, and pieces set in the worlds of her major fantasy series, where existing settings lend depth, complexity, and intrigue. This collection serves beautifully both as an introduction to Elliott and as a treat for fans who want more of her marvels.”

Publishers Weekly
“The Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2015”

Elliott has built a career out of creating memorable worlds and populating them with strong, amazing women (and the men who love them). While the longer form gives her a bigger canvas, Elliott proves here she can make those same fantastic worlds and characters in short form…Elliott excels at describing her brilliant worlds, employing a meticulous eye for the significant detail that illuminates a whole landscape. This could be an enjoyable addition for large sf and fantasy collections.”

Library Journal

“This collection proves she’s equally adept at writing short fiction. Collecting stories set in worlds both familiar (including the settings of the Spiritwalker books and her Jaran quartet) and new, as well as non-fiction essays about writing, it makes an excellent introduction to the work of one of epic fantasy’s most reliably fantastic writers.”

Barnes & Noble
“Bookseller’s Picks for February” (2015)

“THE VERY BEST OF KATE ELLIOTT is a great compilation of shorter works…In this compendium, vibrant details, unusual names and quirky plot twists are evidence of Elliott’s active imagination, which sets off on a kaleidoscopic journey into the multilayered realms of these fierce, brave and loyal women, offering new readers and those familiar with Elliott a delightful plunge into fantasy.”

Shelf Awareness
Starred review!

“There really is something for everyone…THE VERY BEST OF KATE ELLIOTT by Kate Elliott is a unique collection that allows the reader to enter many different realms, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.”

Fresh Fiction

“The framing of THE VERY BEST OF KATE ELLIOTT is clear: feminist stories featuring a diverse group of female characters presented in a variety of roles and journeys. The most obvious extrapolation here for me given my personal interests is how topical and important this collection is as it fits into an ongoing conversation about places for women as writers, readers and characters  in SFF. The fact that I absolutely loved every single story and every single essay is just the cherry on top of Mount Awesome. There is a little bit of everything here and something for everybody. This is a great collection, a fun collection, an important collection, a highly recommended collection. THE VERY BEST OF KATE ELLIOTT the very best that genre fiction can offer.”

Book Smugglers

“Fans of her novels should not hesitate to pick up The Very Best of Kate Elliott; readers new to her work can find the themes and style of the author in evidence in this collection.”

SF Signal

“Elliott is a writer of remarkable talent and sensitivity. . . . This is, truly, a demonstration of the very best of Elliott’s abilities.”

Fantasy Literature

“Elliott’s short fiction is full of dense nuggets of worldbuilding and character, and often provides new and novel perspectives on the worlds of her fantasy novels….There is no better time than now to become acquainted with Kate Elliott’s wonderful worlds and I look forward to enjoying the perspective, voice, and talent she brings to epic fantasy for years to come.”

A Dribble of Ink

The stories in this book are haunting and tense, with deeply evocative characters. “The Gates of Joriun” is one of the most taut, suspenseful fantasy stories I’ve read, and it’s ambiguous ending leaves the reader yearning for more…This is a book I’d recommend to anyone interested in a fresh take on science fiction or fantasy, and if you’re a writer yourself, don’t skip the essays!”

The Wise Serpent

“Elliott’s bold adventuresses, complex quests, noble sacrifices, and hard-won victories shine in classic, compact legends…Elliott’s many readers, as well as fantasy fans in search of powerful stories featuring well-drawn female characters, will revel in this unique gathering of truly memorable tales.”

Far Beyond Reality

“THE VERY BEST OF KATE ELLIOTT is a collection of stories and essays that should appeal to readers whether or not they are familiar with Elliott’s existing writing. The thoughtful introduction and essays provide a framework for understanding why stories about women viewed through the female gaze are so essential to broadening and reclaiming the science fiction/fantasy tradition.  The twelve stories filled with diverse characters, the wisdom of age, and the exuberance of youth put that framework into practice.”

Skiffy and Fanty

“One of my favourite things about her work has always been the variety in her characters – especially the female ones…The range of women in this collection is just brilliant, and the exploration of the various forms their strength and bravery can take is fantastic… Basically, this book is a great introduction for new readers wanting to know more about Kate’s work before committing to a whole series, a delightful read for older fans wanting to reminisce, and a must-read for anyone who likes their women badass and their fantasy epic.”

There are Inkspots on my Page

“THE VERY BEST OF KATE ELLIOTT is a pretty great collection of short fiction…The great thing about this anthology is the way it works together as a whole…[it] tells you amazing stories about women and then shares with you how to make these stories exist; how to forge ahead and create worlds where women aren’t absent or diminished, but wholly present and important to the stories being told.”

Lady Business

“There isn’t much in The Very Best of Kate Elliott that I didn’t love…All of the characters are well defined and full of depth, but Kate Elliott doesn’t skimp on the world building, since that is just as important to her, as discussed in one of the essays…be prepared for some heavy thinking, but definitely give this book a try.”

The Reading Wench

“My overall sense was of well-developed worlds featuring a diverse bunch of characters. Elliott is clearly an author who writes with great awareness of diversity and identity issues, and it pays off in the breadth and authenticity of her characters and settings.”

Strange Charm

“Kate Elliot fits more rich and complex writing into her short pieces than many authors manage at novel length, tackling the social fabric of SF&F with clarity and grace.”

Tanya Huff
Author of the Keeper’s Chronicles and The Enchantment Emporium

The Very Best of Kate Elliott does an excellent job of displaying Elliott’s multi-faceted creativity, her huge talent for inventing a variety of worlds without ever sacrificing the sparkling little details in each one that make her writing so compelling.”

—Katherine Kerr
Author of the Deverry Cycle

“If you’re a fan of Kate Elliott’s fantasy novels, then you know she knows how to tell an epic. But remarkably Elliott is one of those rare writers who is also able to distill that sense of an epic fantasy novel into the short form. For fans of epic storytelling, this is a collection not to be missed.”

—John Joseph Adams
Series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy and editor of Lightspeed Magazine

“Intricate and enthralling. This really is the best of Kate Elliott.”

—Seanan McGuire, author of Rosemary and Rue

 

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For THE SECRET CITY by Carol Emshwiller

“This carefully crafted, ambivalent story depicts alien and human alike struggling just to get by.”

Publishers Weekly

“During an award-filled, 30-year career, Emshwiller has delighted readers and fellow writers with her unique brand of exquisitely rendered magic realism…A simple yet vivid parable on the value of cherishing the home one knows best.”

—Booklist

“Highly recommended.”

—Midwest Book Review

“Emshwiller has been writing occasionally for 50 years, and a new work is a treat.”

The Denver Post

“…a sweet and involving story. Its attitude toward humans and aliens is refreshing…THE SECRET CITY is yet another strong late work from one of our treasures.”

SF Site
Featured review

“No one has yet approached the trope with the finesse and grace of Emshwiller. She’s a writer of such slantwise sensibilities and such deep perceptions that she conveys the exotic weirdness of such a setup—and the almost unfathomable otherness of the Betashan mentality—with uncommon vividness and startling jolts of creepiness.”

Sci Fi Weekly (Grade: A)

“Emshwiller’s latest displays her incredible talent for writing naturalistic prose about unnatural situations as well as her ability to create a compact level of intensity.”

The Agony Column

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For READING THE BONES by Sheila Finch

“READING THE BONES combines the best elements of the previous Xenolinguist stories. From the theoretical and abstract elements of linguistics to the characteristically brutal and savage violence marking several of the earlier pieces, all emotionally and artistically capped by the powerful denouement involving the redemption of the main character.”

David Truesdale
Editor of Tangent Online

“This short novel is expanded from one of her stories, a Nebula Award-winning novella, and the result is her best novel to date.”

—SF Chronicle

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For THE GOOD HUMOR MAN by Andrew Fox


“Fox unveils more all-too-plausible bits of the future and has us laughing to keep from crying.”

Booklist
Starred review!

“Fox [also] tackles the SF thriller mode with panache. Can Elvis’s belly fat save the world? Read it and see!”

Locus

“THE GOOD HUMOR MAN is an intensely interesting, wild ride through a wickedly accurate depiction of the American psyche…a witty, incisive satire all on its own. By turns heartbreaking and mesmerizingly grotesque, THE GOOD HUMOR MAN is well worth the read.”

io9.com

“…keeps the pages turning…. I’d suggest playing ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and grabbing a bag of chips for ambiance.”

—Electric City

“Who but Andrew Fox, author of Fat White Vampire Blues, could combine Elvis Presley, anti-junk food fascism, clones, a world-threatening virus, and weird sex involving liposuction into one book?”

Edge San Francisco

“THE GOOD HUMOR MAN is an amazing novel that tackles serious issues like obesity, nutrition, genetically engineered food, the agricultural business, body image and many, many other important topics in a very entertaining, darkly humorous way.”

—Fatally Yours

“Adventure always popped up when it was needed most, so in retrospect, it was more awesome than not.  It was one of those incredibly quick and fun…Simple (yet complicated) and fun (yet disturbing).  I liked it.”

Biblio Babes

“THE GOOD HUMOR MAN is hilarious, trenchant, important, and the story of Dr. Louis Schmalzberg’s search for the jar of liposuctioned Elvis fat that may save America is impossible to put down. Andrew Fox writes like a combination of Kurt Vonnegut, Dave Barry, and Molly Ivins….”

—Lucius Shepard
Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Vacancy

“A Fahrenheit 451 for the post-millennium, told with Fox’s magnificent evocation of place and twisted humor. Wonderful!”

—Kage Baker, author of In the Company of Thieves

“Andrew Fox has provided readers with some inspired riffs on the Vampire Lestat and Ignatius Reilly. . . Now he extends his range a bit with a hilarious new novel, THE GOOD HUMOR MAN, OR CALORIE 3501.”

—Susan Larson, The Times-Picayune

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For WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE by Daryl Gregory

“This complex novel—scathingly funny, horrific yet oddly inspiring—constructs a seductive puzzle from torn identities, focusing on both the value and peril of fear…Blending the stark realism of pain and isolation with the liberating force of the fantastic, Gregory makes it easy to believe that the world is an illusion, behind which lurks an alternative truth—dark, degenerate, and sublime.”

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review!

“Gregory is interested more in empathy than revulsion, more in accommodation than heroics, and more in the victim than the monster. The result is his most tightly constructed and compulsively readable novel to date, and a small gem of what we might call post-horror horror.”

Locus

“This is a clever and creepy horror tale from Gregory …Concisely exploring the nature of fear and isolation, this short novel doesn’t have time to develop into anything bigger, but it doesn’t need to.”

—Library Journal

“Gregory gives you just what you’d experience if you were sitting there with the group, and the story zips along at breakneck speed with a few surprises along the way. WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE is creepy rather than scary, unsettling rather than gory. But it’s also touching, and funny in that dark and sarcastic way only people faced with unstoppable horror can be funny, and when you’re finished you’ll wish there was more.”

—The Daytona Beach News-Journal

“I read this book in two hours on the plane home from Loncon and just holy shit. It is gripping from start to finish…It’s dark and disturbing, as you, the reader, slowly uncover the mysteries of who these people are and what they’ve been through, and what they have yet to face. Daryl Gregory employs a POV trick that shouldn’t work, that should be irritating and confusing, but instead pulls the reader in even more.”

The Book Smugglers

“WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE is something refreshing and unique—a short horror novel that is as much about relationships and people learning from one another as it is about the horrors that they are ultimately facing…Gregory excels with the characters. The story, the mystery which is slowly unpeeled, is engaging and involving, but it’s the characters that truly shine…it’s so rich that I wanted to read about it in its entirety. I also wanted to follow the courses of the characters after the story ended. That, most of all, is a triumph.”

LitReactor

“An incredibly powerful novella… [It includes] a mystery, and some of the best characterization I’ve ever read in a novella. It’s rather fascinating to see how the group dynamic unfolds, sometimes in uncomfortable ways, and how all of these people find answers in the parts of themselves, and their pasts, they’ve tried so hard to ignore, disregard, or sweep under the rug.”

SF Signal
“Special Needs in Strange Worlds: The Best Books of 2014”

“Daryl Gregory’s WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE is a dark, liquid web that keeps you entangled in the story and characters. Even when you pull away the spider catches you and brings you back. This book is truly hard to put down. Not only is the book seductive but it packs a powerful psychological punch. Each character has their own crazy story that would leave any rational person in disbelief, yet reveals the monsters within us in a way that is artfully crafted.”

HubPages

“Each story is fascinating, and certainly terrifying…I fell in love with each of these damaged people…This is a scary, funny, bittersweet, fantastic book, and Gregory’s imagination is twisted and wonderful.”

My Bookish Ways

“This is horror, and will be appreciated by horror readers. It is actually thought-provoking — what does happen to the heroes in those movies after they escape the locked haunted institution, or blow up the zombies, or cut the head off the giant snake? In WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE, Gregory pulls an original idea with drama and style.”

Fantasy Literature

“An excellent, sardonic take on HP Lovecraft – what happens when those driven into shrill unholy madness by perceiving the true lineaments of world go into group therapy? His new juvenile, Harrison Squared is a prequel, but doesn’t look to be nearly so creepy.”

Washington Monthly

“I believe we’ll be seeing this novella on many awards lists beginning in early 2015. Yes, he’s that good.”

More Red Ink

“I devoured it. Gregory’s written a wonderfully creepy little book that will make you think twice about going out after dark.”

Every Free Chance

“If you’re one of those readers who is constantly looking for something a little different, a little daring, this is probably a good one to try out…It’s a little horrific, quite deep, and plenty surprising. You’ll wish it was longer, but I think you’ll appreciate the length it end up being. Gregory has a way with words and he manages to use them as a perfect tool to pull his readers into the dark depths, drag them along, and leave them gasping, trying to understand.”

—Bookworm Blues

I loved this story. Gregory is an author I’ll be watching for sure…For readers who aren’t afraid to dig deep into the horrors of the human condition, WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE is a must read.”

Books, Bones, & Buffy 

“I definitely feel this deserves 4 1/2 stars, and gladly recommend this to anyone looking for a different take on a paranormal story.”

The Grand World of Books

“This book is fast-paced, creepy, suspenseful, and yet surprisingly uplifting, with fleshed out characters I genuinely cared about. . . . This book is seriously awesome. Someone chain [Gregory] to a desk so he stops doing anything other than write.”

SF Book Review

“This short, creepy story manages to elevate your spirits even lift you up as it gives you the chills.”

—Seattle Public Library
“Books the Library Loves”

“This is quite a cast of memorable characters…Part horror, part psychological thriller, Daryl Gregory keeps us in uncomfortable suspense while managing to wrest a few chuckles along the way. If you like your horror fun, fast and frenzied, this is the book for you!”

Arlington Heights Memorial Library

“WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE is a slim novel with a darkly entertaining narrative that will keep the pages turning…If you’re looking for a quick excursion into the literary landscape Ray Bradbury once called the October Country, WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE will get you there and back safely in a single afternoon.”

Fine Print
(Washington Centerville Library Blog)

 “If you’re a fan of horror, or of anything Daryl Gregory has written elsewhere, or just of fantastic novellas that demonstrate exemplary storytelling, then you ought to read We Are All Completely Fine. The pacing is tight, not a word wasted, and for all that most of the immediate action occurs at the end, it never once feels slow or ponderous. Masterful writing and a sensational set of intertwining stories keep you reading, keep you pushing for details, and it’s a great thing to whet your appetite for more of Gregory’s superb writing.”

Bibliotropic

“I enjoyed the hell out of this novella!…Highly recommended for fans of dark fiction and psychological horror!”

Char’s Horror Corner

“Sublime… The character building and backstories pay off in interesting, if not entirely surprising, ways.”

Throw This Book At Me

“Daryl Gregory produced another fine piece of science fiction…[this is] a novella I overwhelmingly loved.”

Reading the End

 “A very quick read, and yet it is just so densely packed with goodness. It just begs to be experienced firsthand…I highly recommend this book and author. It’s a good place to jump on board if you love the horror genre, or if you’re curious about checking out Daryl Gregory’s work.”

Bibliosanctum

The best horror is the creeping kind that builds, slowly; the kind where the characters can’t see what’s coming and the audience can just about see it, ever so slightly out of focus. Daryl Gregory, in WE ARE COMPLETELY FINE, has written horror which works in exactly that mode…The characters are brilliantly archetypical…WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE isn’t your typical psychological horror novel, nor your typical Lovecraftian one; instead, Gregory looks at what happens next, and does so brilliantly. A really great piece of terrifying, revealing work.”

Intellectus Speculativus

“I’ve not encountered many authors in the horror genre who flex literary muscle as well as Gregory. His approach was perfect for the story vehicle.”

Out of My Mind

“This was an intriguing and gripping novella.”

—The Y Logs

“Gregory does a masterful storytelling job here.”

—MT Void

“Lovecraft meets Cabin in the Woods in this tale of survivors of various supernatural horrors who come together in a support group to try to heal….fascinating”

Fantastic Reading

“WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE is a remarkably seductive piece of supernatural horror, drawing the innocent reader into the web by dealing with a familiar situation. . . .fascinating and engrossing. . . ”

Thinking About Books

“Gregory has a talent for writing lyrically about things that seem ordinary, but really are not and manages to walk a fine line between weird, terrifying and beautiful…combining that skill with a choice of subject so unique and fascinating was a complete hit.”

The Girl Who Loved to Read

“Clever, and filled with the creeping dread of what’s in the flickering shadow next to you and what’s just around the corner that suffuses the best horror. I loved it.”

—Ellen Datlow
Bram Stoker, World Fantasy, and International Horror Guild
award-winning editor of The Best Horror of the Year series

“Charming and horrifying—you won’t be able to stop reading it.”

—Tim Powers
Award-winning author of The Bible Repairman and The Stress of Her Regard

“Daryl Gregory’s WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE is bitchin’ fun and as wicked and strange as a motorcycle leap through a ring of fire without your pants on. Loved it.”

—Joe R. Lansdale
Author of Cold in July and the Hap and Leonard series

“Daryl Gregory is a writer I would happily follow into any dark place he wanted me to go. This is a labyrinth of a story, intricate as a spider’s web—and like a spider’s web, each piece informs the whole. Beautiful.”

—Seanan McGuire
Author of the October Daye series and Half-Off Ragnarok

“A superb, haunting tale by one of our very best writers. Gregory’s characters are already in therapy; you may want to join them after reading this spicy, disturbing mélange.”

—Robert J. Sawyer
Hugo Award-winning author of Red Planet Blues

He’s not just good — he’s good enough that I will now read anything by him, even things I wouldn’t normally read, because I know he’ll deliver…There’s something especially engaging about Gregory’s characters. I think [he is] particularly good at giving the reader a strong sense of how remarkable and shattering events effect the real people stuck in the middle of it all, the ground-level experience.”

Rosemary Kirstein
Author of the Steerwoman Series

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For STABLE STRATEGIES AND OTHERS by Eileen Gunn

“Her prose is clean, effortless, and quirky (yes, all three at once) in a way that makes it possible that the knife point to slip right past your eyeballs and straight into your brain.”

–The Spectrum Circus

“Eileen Gunn has a barbed-wire-sharp mind, an unsettling insight into the way the world works, and a wicket sense of humor, and her stories are just like her. From Cobain High to the Tower of Diminished Expectations, STABLE STRATEGIES AND OTHERS is a disconcerting, witty, delicious read!”

—Connie Willis

“Not caring to scavenge the slipstreamed Sargasso that typifies so much of today’s American SF, Eileen Gunn gives us a lucid field guide to a  veritable Galapagos of droll aracana and deeply felt anomalies. Long-awaited and worth the wait.”

—Robert Morales

“Very few writers have the range or impact of Eileen Gunn. Her stories zip, dip, twist and turn, move from melancholy to mystery to magic. You are in for a treat. Enjoy!”

—Karen Joy Fowler

“‘I awoke this morning to discover that bioengineering had made demands upon me during the night.’ Who hasn’t had mornings like that? It’s a strange life we live, and it gets stranger every day: Eileen Gunn knows as much. A sharp-eyed student of mantises, windswept deserts, Fibonacci numbers, and Richard Nixon, she unblinkingly faces this brave new world as if she’d started off the day sharing coffee with Kafka, trading knowing remarks about the preternatural weirdness of the world. Gunn shows us vistas and scenarios possible and improbable, suggests events that may or may not have happened, and invites us to stretch our minds and imaginations as she does her own. This book contains no end of treasures and pleasures for anyone fortunate enough to come to it, and I’m glad to have it close at hand.”

—Gregory McNamee

“Without Eileen Gunn, life as we know it would be so dull we wouldn’t recognize it. Among the five or six North Americans currently able to write short stories, she has not written anywhere near enough. But at least all of them are here in this book, an occasion for rejoicing from Manhattan to Makah.”

—Ursula K. Le Guin

“Gunn’s stories are in another league entirely—like Sturgeon or Chiang, she’s sui generis and anything but generic. Every one of these stories has a pleasing, sharp flavor unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. Especially the recipe for fruit crisp. Delicious.”

—Cory Doctorow

“Reading this book is like getting to wear the eyeballs of a madwoman in your own sockets for a day. Nothing’s going to look the same. Suddenly, the Richard Nixon Game Show and the girl with twenty-one fingers and the birds who need rest to die will make perfect sense. And your life will be better. So buy the damn book. It’s brilliant.”

—Warren Ellis

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For THE SWORD AND SORCERY ANTHOLOGY, edited by David G. Hartwell and Jacob Weisman

“Heroes and their mighty deeds populate the pages of this delightfully kitschy yet absorbing anthology of sword and sorcery short stories from the 1930s onward. Hartwell and Weisman have selected some of the best short-form work in the genre…This is an unbeatable selection from classic to modern, and each story brings its A game.”

Publishers Weekly
Starred review

“The 19 stories in this volume span a time period from 1933 to 2012 and provide a strong introduction to this fantasy subgenre.”

—Library Journal

“This engaging anthology is a terrific way to meet some of the best fantasists for those unfamiliar with their works and for returning vets a chance to enjoy fun short stories.”

—Midwest Book Review

“Superbly presented…reignited this reader’s interest.”

SF Site

“A big, meaty collection of genre highlights that runs the gamut from old-school classics to new interpretations, it serves as an excellent introduction and primer in one.”

—Green Man Review

“Awesome collection, very highly recommended.”

—Nerds in Babeland

“Hard and fast-paced fantasy that’s strong from the first piece right through to the last.”

—Shades of Sentience

“Hartwell and Weisman’s choices are top-notch and provide both an excellent introduction to the subgenre for new readers and exciting reading for long-time fans.”

—Grasping for the Wind

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For REWIRED: THE POST-CYBERPUNK ANTHOLOGY by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel

“Those looking for well-told stories will be satisfied.”

Publishers Weekly

“An excellent collection and a reminder that the short story is often the best venue for new ideas in the field.”

SF Crowsnest

“Sixteen inspiring, mind-altering stories…and every story in the bunch is a knockout.”

BoingBoing.net

“Taking the genre to the next level.”

Booklist

“REWIRED: THE POST-CYBERPUNK ANTHOLOGY is, one of the best reprint anthologies I have encountered in a long time, judged purely on the quality of the stories contained within it.”

SF Site

“Mind-altering…every story in the bunch is a knockout.”

Monstrous.com

“A short story collection filled with very good stories by very good science fiction writers offering very engaging ideas.”

PopMatters

“Fascinating, and indispensable to any serious SF reader…REWIRED is one of the best imaginable anthologies covering what SF is doing right now.”

—Andrew Wheeler, ComicsAlliance

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For APES OF WRATH by Richard Klaw

“This impressive anthology includes 18 short stories by authors ancient (Aesop) and recent (Karen Joy Fowler, Mary Robinette Kowal), as well as three original articles tracing apes in literature, comics, cinema, and theater…. A powerful exploration of the blurry line between animal and human.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review!

“Aficionados of apes in literature and film should enjoy this gathering of new and old stories.”

Library Journal

“These are all fine additions to any fantasy lover’s library…. Climb up into your tree, peel a banana, and enjoy the treats herein.”

Sci Fi Magazine

“An eclectic, enjoyable mix of fiction and nonfiction…The 17 stories and four original essays all show a remarkable degree of quality from the authors and the editor himself, who in interviews professed an early love for all things simian.”

SF Signal

“Offbeat and interesting.”

Locus

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For PORTABLE CHILDHOODS by Ellen Klages

 

“This collection will linger in the memory long after reading and should help garner a larger audience for Klages’s forthcoming second novel.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review!

“Klages’ stories contain marvels—small, strange things lurking on the edges of normal life…Klages creates wonder-filled and beautiful worlds in her short stories, making this a tremendously satisfying collection.”

—Booklist

“Klages knows that if you can get inside a child’s perspective, it’s all the fantasy you need, and she does it beautifully.”

Locus

“Klages’ superb first story collection…strong emotional stories.”

Denver Post

“Consistently well written and emotionally stimulating, the book is one of the loveliest you’ll find.”

School Library Journal Online

“The kind of SF writer that comes along once in a decade…brilliant stories.”

Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

“Haunting and crystalline…there are 16 reasons why you should inspect PORTABLE CHILDHOODS. Buy it. Read it. Set it down. Then pick it up and read it again!”

Tangent Online

“Highly recommended. I enjoyed each and every story in the collection.”

SF Revu

“Ellen Klages’s work seems as transparent as spring water, but this is a woman who knows that clarity and simplicity can pierce the heart.”

—Peter Straub
World Fantasy Award-winning author of A Dark Matter and The Talisman (With Stephen King)

“Ellen Klages writes about childhood in brilliant, primary colors. Like Ray Bradbury, her nostalgic stories are like myths.”

—Maureen McHugh
Hugo Award-winning author of China Mountain Zhang

“This delightful collection showcases the best of Klages. Her protagonists are lovable, her prose natural, and her charm evident throughout.”

—Karen Joy Fowler
Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Jane Austen Book Club

“Klages has the true storyteller’s gift of characters and plot. You believe in people from the first moment they appear on the page, and you can’t guess where they are going. If many of the stories in PORTABLE CHILDHOODS are not already classics in the field, they should be.”

Charles de Lint
World Fantasy Award-winning author of Moonlight and Vines

“Welcome to Planet Klages! These stories are warm, witty, occasionally wise, and always wonderfully written. Ellen Klages is going to be big as big. Buy this book now, read it today, and become her fan forever.”

—Michael Swanwick
Nebula Award-winning author of Stations of the Tide

“I haven’t been writing prose very long, but I’ve been reading prose long enough to know this—Ellen Klages approaches greatness.”

—Janis Ian

“Ellen Klages writes like a dream—a dream from which you wake up laughing, and that fills the rest of the day with its strangeness and sweetness.”

—Margo Lanagan
World Fantasy Award-winning author of Tender Morsels

“Like childhood, these stories run deep with not-yet-happened nostalgia and fierce yearning for what never was. And, like children, they brim with joy, wonder, and wickedness.”

—Nicola Griffith
Nebula Award-winning author of Slow River

“When you surface out of an Ellen Klages story, it’s like arriving home after a long trip: Your kitchen table, your car, your living room are all recognizably yours, but strange, and not half as real as the place you just came from. That place is the real world, and the people in it are as complex, unpredictable, and solid as you. It’s a hard place to come back from.”

—Emma Bull
Locus Award-winning author of War for the Oaks

“Ellen Klages’s stories combine the clear-eyed wonder of an intelligent child with the beautiful, controlled prose of a craftsman. And they have heart. What more could one ask of fiction?”

—Delia Sherman
Mythopoeic Award winning-author of The Porcelain Dove

“Reading any fiction by Ellen Klages, whether it’s set in the basement of a home in Detroit or on the green glass desert sands near Los Alamos or at the favorite fishing spot of a father and his very special son, you are always submerged deep in the rich and strange magic of life.”

—Charles Vess
World Fantasy Award-winning fantasy artist and comic book illustrator

“Her stories are always a pleasure to read…. Ellen writes from the point of view of a young child like no one else I know.”

—Nalo Hopkinson
Locus Award-winning author of Brown Girl in the Ring

“Ellen Klages is the funniest lead civilian collector in science fiction. Maybe the funniest woman, too.”

—Joe Haldeman
Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Forever War

“Ellen Klages believes books can be magic, and now she’s delivered the proof: this spell-weaving collection of her short stories. There are so many smart, sweet, funny, troubling treats here about so many things—childhood, chefs, God, barber shops, the atomic bomb—that it’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite. Just read them all! They’re great!”

—Connie Willis
Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Doomsday Book and Blackout/All Clear

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For Nancy Kress

“Kress, a witty and engaging writer, creates chilling suspense as twisty as a DNA double helix.”

Publishers Weekly

“Her style is devilishly inventive.”

CNN.com

“Nancy Kress is one of the best science-fiction writers working today.”

—Kim Stanley Robinson
bestselling author of The Years of Rice and Salt

“A highly intelligent, sublimely understated glimpse into humankind’s future—it’s comparable in thematic impact to Walter M. Miller, Jr.’s classic A Canticle for Leibowitz, and that is saying something.”

—Paul Goat Allen
Barnes & Noble

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For SUPER STORIES OF HEROES AND VILLAINS, edited by Claude Lalumiere

“Editor Lalumière has put together an impressive best-of anthology…This is by far the best superhero anthology around, and a must-read for comic book fans.”

Publishers Weekly
Starred review!

SUPER STORIES OF HEROES AND VILLAINS is a fantastically presented anthology full of great stories. There are a lot of anthologies out there dealing with superheroes, but this is the best one I’ve run across. From pulp to steampunk, all the bases are covered. There’s a lot to love here.”

Comic Book Therapy

SUPER STORIES OF HEROES AND VILLAINS is filled with smart, imaginative, inspired stories taking place in a variety of versions of the superhero genre.”

Fanboy Comics

“Not only are the stories fine in their own right, but they will provide a certain illumination you can take back with you when you’ve returned to the 8-paneled page.”

Mark London Williams, Nexus Graphica

“If the capes-and-cowls genre ever hopes to find a foothold in the mainstream, it desperately needs a champion, and we think Lalumière would be a great nominee for the position.”

Super Hero Novels

“SUPER STORIES OF HEROES AND VILLAINS was one helluva ride to read! From origin stories, romance gone wrong, to aliens from outer space and lets not forget philandering ‘heroes’ there is a little bit of something of everything to turn your head…. Hats off to the editor for compiling a really great collection that any fiction fan would greatly enjoy!”

—My Shelf Confessions

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For THE FATE OF MICE by Susan Palwick

“Spanning the past 20 years of Palwick’s career, the eight previously published and three new stories in this outstanding collection (after her 2005 novel The Necessary Beggar) display the author’s versatility… Palwick’s genre-bending short fiction defies categorization and blends humor with pathos.”

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review!

“This, her first story collection is a welcome addition to her oeuvre and a fitting introduction to her wide-ranging talent and vision…All 11 pieces explore conundrums of human existence, from the perennial pursuit of utopia to the many faces of mortality. Embracing elements of both horror and speculative fiction, Palwick’s unique and commanding fiction never fails to trigger an emotional response as it captures the imagination.”

Booklist

“A potent brew of mystery and heartache…gracefully knotted, densely lyrical.”

SyFy

“Palwick uses both fantasy and science in her fictions, flinching from neither the rational nor the ineffable in her quest to write stories exploring the fate of all living things.”

Seattle Times

“Elegantly crafted short fiction.”

Locus

“Disturbingly brilliant…the quality varies from very good to startlingly brilliant.”

Tor.com

“…a powerful and complex utopian streak…displays a keen intelligence and a fierce imagination.”

Montreal Gazette

“The effect of the stories will linger long after the last page is turned.”

The Spectrum Circus

“Palwick offers the kind of variety that we find in our best, our most powerful, and versatile authors.”

The Agony Column

“Palwick provides dramatic commentary with innovative structure…. Masterful writing, magical realism, slipstream, and literary fiction are all descriptors that come to mind.”

Tangent

“Palwick combines sharp political commentary with pleasing flights of fancy with deep psychological insight—and all in prose clear as water. Delicately balanced between hope and heartbreak, these are stories you’ll remember.”

—Karen Joy Fowler
author of The Jane Austen Book Club and After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall

“THE FATE OF MICE shines light on our dark secrets with compassion, wit, and very fine writing.”

—Sheila Williams
editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction

“These stories are brilliant and thought-provoking as well as packing an unexpectedly intense emotional punch.”

—Jo Walton
author of Tooth and Claw and Farthing

“These are strong stories full of dry humor and a powerful sense of what it means to collide with the hard, sharp edges of unforgiving reality and immutable truths. Palwick’s style is spare, direct, and a pleasure to read.”

—Suzy McKee Charnas
author of Stagestruck Vampires

“This is a collection of magnificent, heart-breaking stories. Susan Palwick sees the world with a fearless clarity and tells a truth so sharp it makes you weep. Be warned: Long after you close the book, these stories will haunt you. They’ll stay with you, changing who you are and how you see the world around you.”

—Pat Murphy
author of The City, Not Long After

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For PIRATE UTOPIA by Bruce Sterling

“A kind of Ragtime for our time: provocative, exotic, and very entertaining.”

Kirkus starred review

For THE TREASURY OF THE FANTASTIC, edited by David Sandner and Jacob Weisman

“Because most of the writers are ‘mainstream’ rather than genre authors, this collection also makes a good case for fantasy as literature, while the presence of Edgar Allan Poe, H.G. Wells and Lord Dunsany alongside Edith Wharton, Emily Dickinson, and E.M. Forster breaks down the barrier between literary and genre fiction. VERDICT: This is an important collection for all lovers of fantasy and literature.”

Library Journal

“THE TREASURY OF THE FANTASTIC truly is a treasury of wonderful stories…Turns out there’s not a dud to be found.”

Fantasy & Science Fiction

 

“THE TREASURY OF THE FANTASTIC is an amazing…marvellous collection. I love the romanticism of early fantasy, it is very different to the type of fantasy we read now, and yet you can see all the seeds and sparks that inspire much of today’s fantasy.THE TREASURY OF THE FANTASTIC is an anthology that easily fits in on your book shelf.”

Fantasy Book Review

“It was an absolute delight to see so [many] of these authors collected here and finding new treasures I hadn’t realized really fell into the realm of fantasy.”

My Shelf Confessions

“THE TREASURY OF THE FANTASTIC is truly that, a comprehensive collection of fantastical literature from throughout the many years covering the romanticism era to the early twentieth century…. an exquisitely curated collection….”

The Arched Doorway

“A marvelous mix of classics and rarely seen works, bibliophile’s finds and old favorites….a treasury in every sense and a treasure!”

—Connie Willis
author of Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog

“The fantasy tradition in English and American literature is rich and varied and strange. This is the book to read to find out what you never knew you needed to know.”

—David G. Hartwell
editor of The Year’s Best Fantasy series

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For SHE WALKS IN DARKNESS by Evangeline Walton

“A good old-fashioned gothic suspense story…there is considerable charm in this old-fashioned hair-raiser, and Walton’s focus on history and myth is distinctive…rich in historical detail, with a peculiar flavor all its own.”

Kirkus

“[Evangeline Walton has the] ability to humanize historical and mythological subjects with eloquence, humor, and compassion.”

Fantasy Review

“The book’s a small miracle in prose. A tightly-controlled, first-person narrative of a terrifying experience in a remote Italian villa…Walton’s compression, her economy is brilliant … Deftly done. The Da Vinci Code’s Dan Brown also could learn something from her handling of big, historical enigmas.”

Call of the Siren

“They don’t write ‘em like this any more.  Thoughtfully resurrected and beautifully presented by Tachyon, Evangeline Walton’s SHE WALKS IN DARKNESS is quite literally an artifact…It is a meticulously crafted, utterly gorgeous creation that is intrinsically of its time and place, and which could not have been created by anyone, anywhen or anywhere else.”

Sleeping Hedgehog

“The writing is fluent and atmospheric, and the reader gets a few nice surprises along the way. A solid read for anyone who likes gothic horror.”

I Heart Books

“Driven by unceasing suspense and intriguing historical mysteries, this Gothic adventure simply won’t let you stop reading it.”

—Tim Powers
Author of World Fantasy Award-winner The Bible Repairman

“For those of us who loved Evangeline Walton’s lyrical and energetic quartet retelling the Four Branches of The Mabinogion, her novella SHE WALKS IN DARKNESS is a startling but quite gripping change…a remarkable gift from the past.”

—Patricia A. McKillip
Author of Wonders of the Invisible World

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For THE VERY BEST OF TAD WILLIAMS

“This marvelous short fiction retrospective testifies to the breadth of Williams’s creativity…Williams’s sensitivity to atmosphere and trademark attention to telling detail shine through most of the selections in this varied collection of little gems.”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review!

“Obviously fans of Tad Williams will enjoy this, but then anyone with a sense of humour, a love of the unknown and anyone that enjoys a good tale should benefit from these stories.”

Fantasy Book Review

“Throughout this collection Williams ably demonstrates that he is a jack of all trades — and their master as well.”

Interzone

“An essential addition to the bookshelf for fans of Tad Williams and also a great opportunity for new readers to sample the breadth of his storytelling prowess.”

SF Signal

“Some writers are naturally at home with longer stories, others excel when restricted to shorter forms, but few can manage both with equal aplomb. Tad Williams is one such author.”

SF Site

“This collection of short writings presents another side of a writer known primarily for his novels (Tailchaser’s Song; The War of the Flowers). Characterized by a wickedly keen sense of humor and, at times, a feel for the poignant…”

Library Journal

“Obviously, Williams’ many fans will eat this up. However, those who have been thinking about reading some of his work but have been hesitating will find this book a great indoctrination….”

January Magazine

“These snippets from his complex imagination read like my very own chicken soup for the Tad Williams fan’s soul with bite-sized nuggets of pure enjoyment…Williams has a little bit for everyone in this motley mix of fiction.”

San Francisco Book Review

“A solid collection of stories that does a nice job of exposing some new facets of Williams’ literary talents… THE VERY BEST OF TAD WILLIAMS is a better collection than most authors could ever hope to produce.”

Beauty in Ruins

“Of the far too many authors cramming the fantasy field with seemingly endless series, only a few are genuinely worthy of our time. Very Best of Tad Williams proves that he is among this select company, and may also cause some to drastically re-evaluate the talents of this prolific and popular author, and discover his other equally satisfying works.”

Bookgasm

“For readers unfamiliar with Tad Williams’ writing, this may be the perfect springboard, as opposed to launching into epic fantasies, or even series of any sort. One of the more surprising books I’ve had the pleasure of reading this year, and I say that in spite of the fact that I was already a huge fan of Williams’ work.”

The Cover Contessa

“I really enjoyed this book of short stories. Some were happy and funny and made me smile. Other stories though, oh man, they made me shudder. They were down right scary! One of them was a movie script and it worked perfectly.”

Bookstooge

For THE INVADERS, edited by Jacob Weisman

This volume is a treasure trove of stories that draw equally from SF and literary fiction, and they are superlative in either context.”

—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review!

“Solid and lingering.”

Kirkus

“Further proof, if any more were necessary, that the line between genre and literary fiction is simply speculative.”

Library Journal

“Consistently excellent, and occasionally exquisite.”

Foreword Reviews

“Solid, enjoyable pieces told in skillful prose. Which makes Invaders one of the better anthologies I’ve read lately.”

Fantasy Literature

“Invaders is a playful and imaginative exploration of what it means to write in the field of science fiction.”

AV Club

“The writing in these stories is excellent and wonderfully nuanced. You won’t find bad prose in any of them. Instead, you’ll find a well-selected treasure trove of good and exquisite prose.”

Rising Shadow

“The attention to the broader array of writing qualities and focus on more than just sympathetic characters, entertaining story, or technical speculation make for a richer, more interactive, more contemplative reading experience than the average science fiction anthology.”

Speculiction

“Some of the best writers have freestyled on a blank page, without care for rules or patterns. And in so doing, they’ve produced stories that push the envelope not only of sci-fi, but of literature as a whole.”

Bookmunch

“Invaders seems to be a collection designed with the task of subverting and upending stereotypes about “genre” fiction in mind. … It does an admirable job of showcasing how seamlessly science fiction themes can be blended with a more traditionally literary voice. The stories are smart and balanced, with a dark side but highly readable.”

Lit Reactor

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Bibliography and Rights Information


In Calabria, by Peter S. Beagle

  • Czech rights sold to Argo
  • German rights sold to Klett-Cotta


The Cutting Room, edited by Ellen Datlow


Darkness, edited by Ellen Datlow

  • Russian rights sold to EKSMO


Lovecraft’s Monsters, edited by Ellen Datlow


The Search for Philip K. Dick by Anne R. Dick

  • Spanish rights sold to Gigamesh
  • Turkish rights sold to Alfa


We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory


Pirate Utopia by Bruce Sterling


Sword and Sorcery Anthology by David G. Hartwell & Jacob Weisman

  • A “7 Super Spec-fic Books for Your Summer” pick by Geek Smash


Portable Childhoods by Ellen Klages

  • A Finalist for the 2008 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection!
  • Locus Award for Best Collection Nominee
  • “Flying Over Water” — 2001 Nebula Award Winner
  • Basement Magic” — 2008 World Fantasy Award and Crawford Award nominee
  • “Time Gypsy” — 1999 Nebula and Hugo Award nominee



The Very Best of Tad Williams by Tad Williams

  • German rights to Cross Cult


The Very Best of Kate Elliott

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