The Door in the Hedge: And Other Stories

By Robin McKinley

Ensorcelled princesses . . . a frog that speaks . . . a paranormal hind—Newbery Medal winner Robin McKinley opens a door into an enchanted international during this choice of unique and retold fairy tales

The final mortal state earlier than the unmeasured sweep of Faerieland starts off has at top held an uneasy truce with its unpredictable neighbor. there's not anything to teach a boundary, at the least at the mortal aspect of it; and if any usual human creature ever observed a faerie—or at any cost famous one—it was once by no means pointed out; however the lifestyles of the boundary and of faeries past it truly is by no means doubtful either. 

So starts off “The Stolen Princess,” the 1st tale of this assortment, concerning the assembly among the human princess Linadel and the faerie prince Donathor. “The Princess and the Frog” matters Rana and her unforeseen alliance with a small, eco-friendly, flipper-footed denizen of a pond within the palace gardens. “The searching of the Hind” tells of a princess who has bewitched her cherished brother, hoping to beg a few magic of treatment, for her brother is demise, and the final story is a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses during which an previous soldier discovers, with a bit aid from a lavender-eyed witch, the fabulous fact approximately the place the princesses dance their sneakers to tatters each night.

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The Ghost of a Model T: And Other Stories (The Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak)

Tales of nostalgia and loss in a global overrun by way of technology

Hank is strolling domestic from the bar whilst the version T pulls along him. It’s been many years considering the fact that he observed a motor vehicle this previous, and the sound of it takes him correct again to his twenties. The door is open, and whilst he climbs in, the auto takes off—without a driving force. earlier than he is aware what’s occurred, Hank is correct again at tremendous Spring Pavilion, the place he spent his early life consuming bootleg whiskey and chasing lovely women. he'll locate the earlier isn't really relatively as he remembered it, yet nonetheless a beautiful position to move for a drive.
This assortment contains a few of the best brief fiction Clifford Simak ever wrote, together with “City,” the tale that grew to become the root for his liked novel of an identical identify. within the background of technological know-how fiction, no writer has ever greater understood that the nice Plains and the cosmos are nearer jointly than we think.
each one tale contains an creation by means of David W. Wixon, literary executor of the Clifford D. Simak property and editor of this ebook.

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Case and the Dreamer: Volume XIII: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon

By Theodore Sturgeon

James Blish known as him the “finest unsleeping artist technology fiction ever produced.” Kurt Vonnegut established the recognized personality Kilgore Trout on him. And such luminaries as Harlan Ellison, Stephen King, and Octavia Butler have hailed him as a mentor. Theodore Sturgeon used to be either a well-liked favourite and a writer’s author, carving out a novel position within the literary panorama in response to his masterful wordplay, conceptual bold, and narrative force. Sturgeon’s sardonic sensibility and his ability at interweaving very important social concerns corresponding to sex—including homosexual themes—and warfare into his tales are glaring in all of his paintings, despite genre.

Case and the Dreamer displays Sturgeon’s presents at their top. The publication brings jointly his final tales, written among 1972 and 1983. They contain “The nation of Afterward,” a sexually particular tale Sturgeon have been not able to jot down previous in his occupation, and the identify tale, approximately an come upon with a transpatial being that also is a meditation on love. numerous formerly unpublished tales are integrated, in addition to his ultimate one, “Grizzly,” a poignant tackle the lung illness that killed him years later. famous critic and anthologist Paul Williams contextualizes Sturgeon as either guy and artist in an illuminating afterword, and the ebook comprises an index to the tales in all 13 volumes.

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By Claude Ollier

Les quinze textes brefs composant ce recueil et qui s'échelonnent sur une période de quinze ans relèvent apparemment de genres très divers : narration de rêve, méditation d'errance, essai critique, reportage, récit d'anticipation... Une tendance commune, toutefois, s'y fait jour, quelle que soit leur origine, à s'organiser comme des fictions.
Ces textes figurent par ailleurs des sortes de relais, de ponctuations dans l'écriture des récits qui vont constituer peu à peu LE JEU D'ENFANT : le ideal groupe (1950-1954) est antérieur à los angeles Mise en scène, le moment (1960) prend position entre Le Maintien de l'ordre et Eté indien, le troisième enfin (1963-1965) jalonne L'Echec de Nolan et annonce l. a. Vie sur Epsilon.

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By Charles Stross

It's been stated that the ordinary kingdom of technological know-how fiction is the quick tale. if so, you will not discover a greater exploration of that nation than Charles Stross's new assortment. concentrated round an unique and formerly unpublished novella, 'Palimpsest', instant is a show off of a few of the simplest brief SF of the twenty first century. With an advent from the writer and containing hitherto uncollected works resembling 'Missile Gap', 'Trunk and Disorderly' and 'Rogue Farm', and a few gem stones formerly on hand simply in small press courses, similar to 'A chillier warfare' and 'Antibodies', instant will illustrate completely why award-winning editor and anthologist, Gardner Dozois, as soon as declared: 'Where Charles Stross is going this day, the remainder of technological know-how fiction will stick to day after today.

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Miami Noir (Akashic Noir)

"For assorted purposes those tales domesticate a bit anything particular, a radiance, a humanity, even a grace, in the course of the noir gloom, and thereby set themselves aside. type, familiarity, temper and tone, and the occasional gem of a narrative make Miami Noir a set to savor."
--Miami Herald

"For this sort of sun-stoked position. Miami definite is shady. Shadowy, too. Even at maximum midday. perhaps it is the warmth. perhaps it is the humidity. and perhaps, simply perhaps, it truly is our destiny...With echoes of Charles Willeford's Hoke Mosely sequence, the Miami books of Elmore Leonard, the quirk of Carl Hiaasen, who by no means met a shady personality he did not wanna write, and Edna Buchanan, who turns out to grasp the entire shadows, this batch of soiled deep South Florida fiction may simply ship you packing...your personal heat."
--Sun Post

"Sixteen new, diversified and hugely enter­taining secret tales pack Akashic's most recent city-by-city travel of modem noir...This vol­ume is as sturdy because the coral rock mendacity underneath the Miami streets."
--Publishers Weekly

"This well-chosen brief tale assortment is not just a considerate compilation of labor via a few of South Florida's most sensible and upcoming writers. every one Miami Noir tale is also a window on a unique half or Miami-Dade and its melting pot of cultures."
--Sun Sentinel

"Murder is not anything new in Miami--or the other gigantic urban, for that subject. yet seldom has it been so wonderful because it is within the sixteen brief tales integrated in Miami Noir."
--Palm seashore day-by-day News

Akashic Books maintains its groundbreaking sequence of unique noir anthologies, introduced in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. every one tale is determined in a different local or situation in the urban of the book.

Brand-new tales by: James W. corridor, Barbara Parker, John Dufresne, Paul Levine, Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, Tom Corcoran, Christine Kling, George Tucker, Kevin Allen, Anthony Dale Gagliano, David Beaty, Vicki Hendricks, John Bond, Preston L. Allen, Lynne Barrett, Jeffrey Wehr.

From the creation by means of Les Standiford:

"The fact is that Miami, although certainly wonderful, is a frontier city, perched at the border among the recognized and the not often prior to skilled. The poet Richard Hugo as soon as acknowledged that the usual position for the author used to be at the facet, and 'edge' may perhaps good be the definitive observe in terms of this city...We will not be merely at the fringe of the continent, we're to this nation what long island was once in Ellis Island's heyday, what the West Coast used to be in the midst of the 20th century. this can be the place the recent arrivals debark nowadays, and it truly is no mistake that in the decade of the final century, commentators as varied as Joan Didion, David Rieff, and T.D. Allman dedicated complete volumes to Miami's position because the harbinger for America's future...But for now, the unconventional of crime and punishment is definitely the right motor vehicle to express the spirit and the timbre of this brawling position to a much broader world."

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Necronomicon: The Weird Tales of H. P. Lovecraft (GollanczF.)

By H. P. Lovecraft

WIKIPEDIA says: 'H.P. Lovecraft's recognition has grown drastically over the a long time, and he's now usually considered as the most vital horror writers of the 20 th century, exerting a power that's frequent, although usually indirect.' H.P. Lovecraft's stories of the tentacled Elder God Cthulhu and his pantheon of alien deities have been in the beginning written for the pulp magazines of the Twenties and '30s. those fabulous stories combination components of horror, technological know-how fiction and cosmic terror which are as robust this day as they have been after they have been first released. This good-looking leatherbound tome collects jointly the superior of Lovecraft's stories of terror, together with the entire Cthulhu Mythos cycle, simply the way in which they have been initially released. it's going to introduce an entire new new release of readers to Lovecraft's fiction, in addition to being a must-buy for these lovers who wish all his paintings in one, definitive, hugely appealing quantity.

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Starwater Strains

By Gene Wolfe

Gene Wolfe follows his acclaimed all-fantasy brief tale assortment, Innocents Aboard, with a quantity dedicated basically to his technological know-how fiction. The twenty-five tales right here amply reveal his variety, excellence, and mastery of the shape that has commonly been the center of the sphere. Their range makes them differently most unlikely to symbolize as a gaggle, so a number of tantalizing samples must suffice:
"Viewpoint" takes at the unreality of so-called "reality" television and imagines any such express performed actually for genuine, with genuine weapons, and a true govt clawing on the cash. Wolfe has enjoyed dinosaurs considering the fact that he used to be child, and in "Petting Zoo" he imagines the reunion of a guy and an elderly dinosaur who glance again jointly on an afternoon once they have been a lot a lot more youthful, and lots more and plenty freer. "Empires of Foliage and Flower" is a distinct deal with, an addition to the vintage ebook of the hot solar sequence first released in simple terms as a restricted variation chapbook. the quantity closes with its latest tale "Golden urban Far." it truly is approximately goals, highschool, and discovering love, which Wolfe says "is approximately nearly as good a recipe for a narrative as i have ever found." you are guaranteed to agree.

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