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Bookslinger Update: “Up the Fire Road”

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9781618730756This week’s story comes from Questionable Practices by Eileen Gunn, published by Small Beer Press. Stories from Eileen Gunn are always a cause for celebration. Where will she lead us? “Up the Fire Road” to a slightly alternate world. Into steampunk’s heart. Never where we might expect. Trains that go to unexpected places. A Steampunk Quartet. Stories that shake the tree. Stories that question normal practices.

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Bookslinger Update: “A Dozen Tough Jobs”

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9781618730800This week’s short story comes from Other Worlds, Better Lives by Howard Waldrop, published by Small Beer Press. Seven novellas that cover ground the way that only Waldrop can featuring Wagner, Fats Waller, Picasso, Thomas Wolfe, and more. Explore this second retrospective volume of Waldrop’s work which collects seven of his best novellas and adds new author afterwords to each and you’ll agree that no one else can be quite as weird, quite as excellent.

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Bookslinger Update: “Understand”

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This week’s story is from Stories of Your Life: and Others by Ted Chiang, published by Small Beer Press. Combining the precision and scientific curiosity of Kim Stanley Robinson with Lorrie Moore’s cool, clear love of language and narrative intricacy, this award-winning collection offers readers the dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar. Stories of Your Life and Others presents characters who must confront sudden change—the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens—while striving to maintain some sense of normalcy. With sharp intelligence and humor, Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty and constant change, and also by beauty and wonder.

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Bookslinger Update: “The Specialist’s Hat”

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This week’s story is from Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link, published by Small Beer Press. The eleven stories in Kelly Link’s debut collection are funny, spooky, and smart. They all have happy endings. They were all especially written for you. A Best of the Year pick from Salon.com, Locus, The Village Voice, and San Francisco Chronicle. Includes Nebula, World Fantasy, and Tiptree award-winning stories.

“An alchemical mix of Borges, Raymond Chandler and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”—Salon.com (Best of the Year)

“My favorite fantasy writer.”—Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered

“Kelly Link is probably the best short story writer currently out there, in any genre or none. She puts one word after another and makes real magic with them-funny, moving, tender, brave and dangerous. She is unique, and should be declared a national treasure, and possibly surrounded at all times by a cordon of armed marines.”

—Neil Gaiman

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Bookslinger Update: “Lions”

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This week’s story is from Three Messages and a Warning edited by Eduardo Jiménez Mayo and Chris N. Brown, published by Small Beer Press. The author of “Lions” is Bernardo Fernandez. A huge, energetic, and ambitious groundbreaking anthology from emerging and established Mexican authors which showcases all-new supernatural folktales, alien incursions, ghost stories, apocalyptic narratives, and more. Stereotypes of Mexican identities and fictions are identified and transcended. Traditional tales rub shoulders with mind-bending new worlds. Welcome to the new Mexican fantastic.

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Bookslinger Update: “Pride and Prometheus”

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This week’s story is from The Baum Plan for Financial Independence by John Kessel, published by Small Beer Press. A long-awaited collection of fourteen stories that intersect imaginatively with Pride and PrejudiceFrankensteinThe Wizard of Oz, and Flannery O’Connor. Kessel, whose story “A Clean Escape” was filmed as part of ABC’s Masters of Science Fiction, ranges through genres with a lean, graceful style that incorporates everything from future autobiography, alternate history, phone sex, perpetual motion, and his modern classic sequence of four stories about life on the moon. “Pride and Prometheus,” a story  involving characters from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, was the winner of the 2008 Nebula award for Best Novelette.

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Bookslinger Update: “At the Mouth of the River of Bees”

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This week’s story is from At the Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson, published by Small Beer Press. A sparkling debut collection from one of the hottest writers in science fiction: her stories have received the Nebula Award the last two years running. These stories feature cats, bees, wolves, dogs, and even that most capricious of animals, humans, and have been reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy & HorrorBest Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, and The Secret History of Fantasy.

Kij Johnson’s stories have won the Sturgeon and World Fantasy awards. She has taught writing; worked at Tor, Dark Horse, and Microsoft; worked as a radio announcer; run bookstores; and waitressed in a strip bar.

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