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TimeTravel-150Time Travel: Recent Trips

State-of-the-art speculative stories collected from those written in the twenty-first century. Forward to the past, back to the future—get ready for some fascinating trips!

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Zombies: More Recent Dead

Zombies are now a phenomenon constantly revealing as much about ourselves—and our fascination with death, resurrection, and survival—as our love for the supernatural or post-apocalyptic speculation… zombies stories for even those who think they don’t care for them!

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One-Eyed Jack by Elizabeth Bear

All stories are true, but some stories are truer than others. The One-Eyed Jack and the Suicide King are personifications of the city of Las Vegas—its history, mystery, mystical power, and heart…

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The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2014 edited by Paula Guran

This fifth annual volume offers grim futures, distorted pasts, invasions of the uncanny, paranormal fancies, weird dreams, unnerving nightmares, mundane terrors, supernatural visions, and much more!

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The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2014 edited by Rich Horton

This sixth volume of the year’s best science fiction and fantasy features over thirty stories by some of the genre’s greatest authors… your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

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Magic City: Recent Spells edited by Paula Guran

City living, at least in fantasy fiction, is full of both magical wonder and dark enchantment. Some of the best stories of urban enchantment from the last few years.

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Space Opera edited by Rich Horton

A truly stellar compilation of tales from one of the defining streams of science fiction, old and new, written by a supernova of genre talent.

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The Memory of Sky: A Great Ship Trilogy by Robert Reed

An epic story begins when a young boy steps into the world his parents have so carefully kept him from, a world where gigantic trees each house thousands of humans and another human species, the papio, rule its far edges…

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Her Husband’s Hands and Other Stories by Adam-Troy Castro

Stories from acclaimed author Adam-Troy Castro whose short fiction has been nominated for two Hugos, three Stokers, and eight Nebulas.

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Handsome Devil: Stories of Sin and Seduction edited by Steve Berman

The alluring fantasy of Handsome Devil highlights Lucifer’s role as the beautiful trickster who steals hearts (as well as souls), and features stories—both new and old—of tantalizing tempters, sexy incubi, demon lovers, and devils who beguile and betray.

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Kabu Kabu by Nnedi Okorafor

“With a knack for dialogue and an ambitious imagination, Okorafor effortlessly blends original characters with fantastical elements into the vivid scenery of Africa to create stories worth reading again and again.”

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Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales edited by Paula Guran

Imaginative reinterpretations of the familiar, evocative new myths, speculations beyond the traditional realm of “once upon a time.” Brilliant dreams and dazzling nightmares with meaning for today and tomorrow…

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Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2014

YBDF&H2014-150Kirkus: Twelve Excellent Horror Reads for October includes The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, 2014 Edition: “Editor Paula Guran gives her take on the year’s best dark fantasy and horror in this collection, which boasts 32 stories by such talent as Elizabeth Bear, Joe R. Lansdale, Yoon Ha Lee, Ken Liu, Helen Marshall, Sarah Monette, Kit Reed, Brandon Sanderson, Karin Tidbeck and more. The beauty of an anthology like this—besides being the best picks by an editor who knows her stuff—is the diversity of the genre that it reflects. You’ll find stories here spanning all corners of the horror spectrum, guaranteeing that there’s something you’re looking for as well as new discoveries waiting to be found.”


Tor.com on ONE-EYED JACK

Tor.com:

“…Although it never breaks the fourth wall, it glories in metafictionality—and is ultimately a very fun fantasy caper. I enjoyed it a whole hell of a lot. Do recommend.”


Locus Reviews ONE-EYED JACK by Elizabeth Bear

One-Eyed-Jack-150“One of my favorite works of modern fantasy is the Promethean Age series by Elizabeth Bear…but after [a] fantastic four-novel flurry, we didn’t get any more. There were rumors of another book to come, one set in Las Vegas (a city Bear knows well), but the wheels of publishing grind slow, and we had to wait over five years for One-Eyed Jack.

It was worth every minute. One-Eyed Jack is my favorite Elizabeth Bear novel. The book is a standalone, and familiarity with the wider world of the Promethean Age isn’t necessary. The central story concerns a secret war be-tween the supernatural rulers of Los Angeles and those of Las Vegas. Los Angeles wants to annex Las Vegas and consume its power, making Sin City into a magical thrall of the City of Angels. The immortal, once-human rulers of Las Vegas are the One-Eyed Jack of the title, who can look through his ‘otherwise eye’ to perceive magic, and his partner Stewart the Suicide King, who is reborn if he dies by his own hand (a surprisingly useful way to get out of awkward and difficult situations). As the novel begins they’re under onslaught from the avatar of Los Angeles, a vicious beauty named Angel, and her coterie of assassins, mages, and the ghost of gangster Bugsy Siegel, all intent on destroying the rulers of Vegas.

Jack and Stewart are very much underdogs, outmatched and underprepared for a coor-dinated attack by sophisticated foes, but they’re an appealing pair of rogues, and quick to adapt. By luck and design they put together their own team of unlikely allies, and Bear’s audacity is delicious here. Jack summons up the ghost of gunslinger John Henry ‘Doc’ Holliday, but due to imprecise wording in the spell he calls up the other John Henry, too, the American folk hero and steel-driving man, and they make a wonderfully appealing odd couple, gliding invisibly through the city, doing reconnaissance, and making droll observations. Jack reluctantly accepts the assistance of a vampire named Tribute, a figure who fits into Las Vegas beautifully – because back when he was alive, he used to be Elvis Presley. Bear doesn’t limit herself to historical figures for this team, either. She introduces the concept of ‘media ghosts’— basically culture heroes for our modern age, fictional creations who have taken on enough substance from the love of their audiences to develop independent existence, and so Jack enlists the assistance of various characters from ’60s spy TV shows—some of whom know they’re fictional, and some of whom don’t—providing a delightful game of spot-the-reference.

Writing it all down like this, I realize it sounds like a bit of a mélange, a contemporary fantasy spun in a blender with history and fanfic (and oh, so much wonderful queerness; this is slash with heart). In the hands of a lesser writer, an approach like this could lead to a confection of cultural references, all cleverness and no substance—but Bear is a greater writer than that. Her incorporation and appropriation of fictional and historical characters works as well as it does in Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula or Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, with the cultural touchstones used to enrich a story that’s powerful on its own merits. There’s real anguish in Tribute, real poignancy in the relationships of the ’60s spies, real stakes and drama in the clash between the supernatural rulers of these iconic cities. And it’s oh so damn much fun.”—Tim Pratt


ZOMBIES: MORE RECENT DEAD Giveaway!

No, it is NOT by Mike Carey, although he has a story in it! Edited by Paula Guran. Anyway, otherwise the GOODREADS GIVEAWAY for ZOMBIES: MORE RECENT DEAD is on!

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Zombies edited by Paula Guran

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ZOMBIES: MORE RECENT DEAD NEWS

ZombiesMoreRecent-200Zombies: More Recent Dead has its first (glowing) review at Thinking About Books. Each story is covered, but, in sum:

Here was I thinking the zombie story was dead and buried, only to find this anthology full of stories of such range and quality… There’s still good work being done on old and trusted tropes… I can now shamble forward to seek out more stories such as this for intellectual nourishment. Zombies: More Recent Dead is great value for money.

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Maggie Slater continues posting mini-Q&As with Zombies: More Recent Dead contributors, along with her reaction to their stories, on her website. Jonathan Maberry, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Matthew Johnson, Don Webb, Jay Wilburn, and Marge Simon have, so far, taken the time to answer. It’s all interesting!


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2014

2015

  • Apr: New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird, ed. Paula Guran
  • May: Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep, ed. Paula Guran
  • Jun: The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2015, ed. Rich Horton
  • Jun: Ghost Summer and Other Stories, Tananarive Due (coll.)
  • Jul: The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2015, ed. Paula Guran
  • Aug: The Year’s Best Science & Fantasy Novellas: 2015, Paula Guran
  • Sep: Word Puppets, Mary Robinette Kowal (coll.)
  • Oct: Yamada Monogatari: The War God’s Son, Richard Parks
  • Oct: Warrior Women, ed. Paula Guran

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