People of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction & Fantasy edited by Rachel Swirsky & Sean Wallace (E-book)

People of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction & Fantasy edited by Rachel Swirsky & Sean Wallace (E-book)

Type: E-book
Size: 600 KB
ISBN: 9781607012702
Price: $6.99

From Sholom Aleichem to Avram Davidson, Isaac Bashevis Singer to Tony Kushner, the Jewish literary tradition has always been one rich in the supernatural and the fantastic. In these pages, gathered from the best short fiction of the last ten years, twenty authors prove that their heritage is alive and well – in the spaces between stars that an alphabet can bridge, folklore come to life and histories become stories, and all the places where old worlds and new collide and change.

"From tales of golems and dybbukim to stories that touch on the Holocaust, this sampling of tales from the last decade will appeal to both sf fans and readers interested in Jewish literature."—Library Journal

"This strong and varied anthology...includes stories that will appeal to nearly every taste in short fiction...People of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction and Fantasy is a book that belongs in every Jewish library with an acquisitions budget and on the desk of every Jewish educator, especially those who assemble curricula, as well as readers who enjoy Jewish short fiction.”— NY Journal of Books

"Swirsky and Wallace did a wonderful job choosing which works to include.... as a whole, the book struck me as more successful. One reason for this was unexpected: the writing—particularly the descriptions of people and places— was far richer in the science and fantasy stories. These works also left me more satisfied, as if their unreality opened a window to inner truths, ones beyond the scope of everyday life."—The Reporter Group, published by the Jewish Federation of Broome County.


  • Introduction by Ann VanderMeer
  • Burning Beard: The Dreams and Visions of Joseph ben Jacob, Lord Viceroy of Egypt by Rachel Pollack
  • How the Little Rabbi Grew by Eliot Fintushe
  • Geddarien by Rose Lemberg
  • The Wings of Meister Wilhelm by Theodora Goss
  • The Dybbuk in Love by Sonya Taaffe
  • Fidelity: A Primer by Michael Blumlein
  • Niels Bohr and the Sleeping Dane by Jonathon Sullivan
  • The Tsar’s Dragons by Jane Yolen
  • Going East by Elana Gomel
  • Dark Coffee, Bright Light and the Paradoxes of Omnipotence by Ben Burgis
  • Biographical Notes to “A Discourse on the Nature of Causality, with Air-planes” by Benjamin Rosenbaum
  • Alienation and Love in the Hebrew Alphabet by Lavie Tidhar
  • The Problem of Susan by Neil Gaiman
  • Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the Angel by Peter S Beagle
  • Eliyahu ha-Navi by Max Sparber
  • Reuben by Tamar Yellin
  • The Muldoon by Glen Hirshberg
  • Semaphore by Alex Irvine
  • Golems I Have Known, or, Why My Elder Son’s Middle Name Is Napoleon: A Trickster’s Memoir by Michael Chabon
  • The History Within Us by Matthew Kressel

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booktype: E-book
size: 600 KB
isbn: 9781607012702