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This volume (the first of a multi-volume series) contains a selection of Poul Anderson's early writing, including a large number of his stories from the late 1940s and his Hugo winning story "The Sharing of Flesh." There are 25 selected short stories and 20 examples of his verse. Introduction by Greg Bear. Dustjacket art by Bob Eggleton.
Question and Answer: The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson (volume 7) continues the series of presenting the best of his fantasy and science fiction stories published over a writing career of 50 years. It includes 6 short novels and 2 novellas and 5 short stories. “Question and Answer”, the lead short novel tells the story of the first(?) meeting between two different species with a touch of earth politics and a mystery about what happened to the ship that preceded them to the planet. The two-page frontispiece illustrates the story. “The Big Rain”, set on Venus which is slowly being terraformed, concludes the Un-Man stories. Dominic Flandry is well represented including the first time he meets Aycharaych of Chereion, who becomes his life-long nemesis. In “The Troublemakers”, life aboard a slower-than-light transport ship making a voyage that will last over 3 generations is examined. And, finally but not least, David Falkyn and the rest of his trader team open a planet for trade.
The Halcyon Fairy Book collects her wry and insightful commentary on several traditional fairy tales, along with her first collection of fairy-tale inspired original work, Toad Words, previously only available as a self-published eBook. Eleven of these annotated fairy tales (including, “The Crystal Casket”, a “Snow White” story exploring why the Prince was so struck by an apparent corpse, and “The Wonderful Sheep” which starts as King Lear and goes off on a tangent), are lightly edited from their original appearances on her blog, and one “The King of Love” is original to this limited-edition hardcover.
Making Conversation, selected from TNH's writing since 1994, was first available at MidAmeriCon II, and afterward from NESFA Press in softcover and e-book form. 222 pages, 59 essays (long and short) about time, space, genre, editing, gardening, saints, libraries, food, democracy, drink, insanity, fear, hamsters, chaos, moderation, palimpsests, fanfic, clichés, books, slush, spelling, scams, sleep, fantasy, policing, infundibula, trolls, writing, knitting, fandom, habaneros, exposition, management, Selectrics, Brooklyn, literary agents, pygmy mammoths, and the true cure for scurvy.
We're part of the cover-up!
Did you know that there is a secret government agency dedicated to creating conspiracy theories? It's true! It's on Facebook!
But it's not in this book. Our conspiracy theories are all fiction. At least, that's what we want you to think! Certainly, we did invite fiction writers to weigh in on conspiracy theories. The result includes (of course) the Masons and dragons (David Clements), the Bavarian Illuminati (Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald) and the New World Order Shariann Lewitt). There's also the Shaver Mystery (science writer Jeff Hecht), cell phones and weather control (Rev DiCerto), Atlantis and Lemuria (Paul DiFilippo), Roswell (H. Paul Shuch of SETI fame), mermaids (Cat Rambo and Mike Resnick), ancient immortals who guide our breeding (Steven Popkes), quality management (Allen Steele), and—of all things!—Santa Claus (James Cambias). Not to mention the squirrels (Sarah Smith).
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