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  • Two Trains Running by Lucius Shepard (#31, collection, March 2004)
  • Bumper Crop by Joe R. Lansdale (#32, collection, April 2004)
  • The Atrocity Archives (#33) by Charles Stross (#33, novel + novella, May 2004)
  • Breathmoss and Other Exhalations by Ian R. MacLeod (#34, collection, June 2004)
  • Secret Life by Jeff VanderMeer (#35, collection, June 2004)
  • A peek into the future . . .




    Steel Rails, Brittle Lives

    TWO TRAINS RUNNING

    Lucius Shepard


    Praise for the author's Golden Gryphon Press novella, Louisiana Breakdown:
    "It takes enormous skill to make the rich hollow bluesy particularities of a setting such as Grail, Louisiana, a convincing microcosm of all human life, and vast creative courage to face the heart of darkness within romantic love as clear-sightedly as it is faced here." — Nick Gevers




    Every author worth his weight absolutely must do some degree of research in preparation for the next piece to be written. Sometimes, just living in one's own neighborhood amidst a typical, albeit quirky, group of neighbors is sufficient fodder for ideas and content. But more often than not, the writer must physically visit — and thus experience — the locale about which he writes.

    In early 1998, author Lucius Shepard — winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards for his evocative, and provocative, short fiction — embarked on a new journey . . . Shepard joined the "hobo nation" — riding the rails throughout the western half of the United States, his "neighbors" the disenfranchised, the homeless, the punks, the gangs, and the joy riders. At the time, the Freight Train Riders of America (FTRA) were making headlines across the country: Were they an organized gang using the U.S. rail system to rape and murder, to smuggle illegal drugs, and to terrorize unsuspecting train-hoppers? Or, were the FTRA members simply a "brotherhood," united for support and companionship only? While investigating the facts for an article that appeared in the July 1998 issue of Spin, Shepard traveled the rails with FTRA members Missoula Mike and Madcat for the inside story.

    The author then gathered together these facts, along with rumors and innuendos, and melded them into his fiction, thus creating this unique collection of fact and fiction entitled Two Trains Running. In addition to "The FTRA Story" — unedited and expanded from its original Spin appearance — this volume also contains two novellas written in Shepard's award-winning inimitable style: "Over Yonder" and "Jailbait," the latter novella published here for the first time.

    In "Over Yonder" — winner of the 2003 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best SF story of the year — suffering alcoholic Billy Long Gone chases a stranger, who supposedly stole his dog, onto a black train — a train like no other Billy had ever seen or rode: a living train. As Billy travels on this train, his health improves and his thinking clears. The train passes through strange, arabesque, monster-infested landscapes as it journeys to Yonder — a likely paradise where a few hundred hobos live within the confines of a majestic tree in apparent peace and tranquility. But every paradise has its price, and in Yonder, peace and tranquility breed complacency and . . . startling deaths. "Over Yonder" brilliantly showcases Shepard's world-building skills in a story that serves as a metaphor for every human's soul-searching questions: Why are we here? Is this life after death? Is there something beyond paradise?

    A hardcore tale of deception, lust, revenge, and murder, "Jailbait" takes us into the seedy underbelly of rail yards and train hopping: Madcat, who functions best in a whiskey-induced haze, must decide between solitude and companionship when he meets up with Grace, an under-aged runaway. Grace, in turn, seeks the security of an older man and the life about which only young girls can dream.

    In Two Trains Running, author Lucius Shepard juxtaposes fact and fiction — and ultimately reality and imagination — in this new collection of stunningly picaresque tales of redemptive life on the rails. With a 2300-word Introduction in which the author examines the hobo myth of "The Steel."

    Cover art by John Picacio.


    "Shepard is a magical existentialist." — Village Voice


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    Announcement:
    "Over Yonder" has won the 2003 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for Best SF Story of the Year!


  • Read the Lucius Shepard interview in the Austin American-Statesman


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  • Mo' Joe nightmare stories!

    BUMPER CROP

    Joe R. Lansdale


    Praise for the author's first Golden Gryphon Press collection:
    "High Cotton: Selected Stories of Joe R. Lansdale shows that the popular Texas author, perhaps best known for his mysteries featuring Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, is equally adept at his own peculiar and often amusing brand of dark short fiction. In a foreword, Lansdale explains that the 21 tales included, besides being his personal favorites, also best reflect his work. This is a must for Lansdale fans and collectors."
    Publishers Weekly, August 21, 2000



    In Lansdale's own words, this collection, and the previous collection High Cotton, "are, to date, the definitive volumes of my short work." Bumper Crop, like High Cotton, showcases some of the favorite Lansdale stories, most of which are out of print. These twenty-six stories contain some of Lansdale's most violent dark horror: "God of the Razor," where the dark god behind serial killers is introduced. A martial arts fight to the death, between a reluctant champion and a sadistic alpha-male, the ultimate "Master of Misery," clearly defines good and evil, but does good EVER win? Why would a man live and work in "The Dump," unless he had a special junkyard "dog" to care for? And human sacrifice, to insure prosperity, or as a coming-of-age ritual, are themes of "On a Dark October" and "Duck Hunt." And the influence of Bradbury is evident in "The Fat Man," where young boys learn, the hard way, that some mysteries should not be investigated. And what drives a serial killer, and what does he do on his nocturnal "Walks?" And why is "Old Charlie" such a good fisherman?

    Many of the stories are truly weird tales, such as the story of false teeth with an appetite, in "Chompers." "Billie Sue" is away, so her mate will play with the available woman next door, for awhile; but Billie Sue is only a few spadefuls of earth away. "The Shaggy House" needs more than a facelift — it needs something more, and it decides to fulfill its needs on a quiet street, peopled by retirees.

    Writers and writer-hopefuls will appreciate "Bestsellers Guaranteed," where the secret of becoming a best-seller author, and the price of such, is finally revealed. A truly sad tale describes one of the many costs of discrimination, and makes one wonder why you hardly ever see a black "Cowboy," at least in the popular Western literature.

    These, and the other thirteen stories, all have individual introductions by Lansdale, where he explains the humorous, weird, and sometimes sad genesis for each story.

    Cover art by John Picacio.


    "There is no one better than Lansdale at taking a routine concept and turning it into horror, hilarity or — when he's in high gear — both."
    Booklist


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  • The listener at the gate . . .

    THE ATROCITY ARCHIVES

    Charles Stross


    "The climactic scenes of 'The Atrocity Archive' — battles in the snow beneath a galaxy of dying red suns — form one of the most compelling and intellectually engaging narrative sequences in the SF canon, the logics of demonology and physics in astounding tandem."
    — Nick Gevers, Locus, August 2002




    In the world of "The Atrocity Archive," Alan Turing, the Father of Modern Computer Science, did in fact complete his theorem on "Phase Conjugate Grammars for Extra-dimensional Summoning." Turing's work paved the way for esoteric mathematical computations that, when carried out, had side effects that would leak through the platonic realm of pure mathematics underlying the structure of the Cosmos. Out there in the multiverse there were "listeners" — and sometimes these listeners could be coerced into opening gates. Small gates through which minds could be transferred and, occasionally, large gates through which objects could be moved.

    In 1945, Nazi Germany's Ahnenerbe-SS, in an attempt to escape the Allied onslaught, performed just such a summoning on the souls of more than six million. They opened a gate to an alternate universe through which the SS could move men and matériel. But their summoning brought forth more than the SS had bargained for — an Evil, patiently waiting for countless eons, now poised to lunch on our galaxy, on our very own Earth.

    Secret intelligence agencies, esoteric theorems, Lovecraftian horrors, Mid East terrorist connections, a damsel in distress, and a final battle on the surface of a dying planet — in "The Atrocity Archive," Charles Stross has written a high-octane thriller, and readers need to buckle up and hold on with both hands!


    "The Atrocity Archive" is a 78,000 word novel, previously serialized in the U.K. magazine Spectrum SF, and now published for the first time in an archival-quality hardcover. This volume also contains a new, previously unpublished novella, "The Concrete Jungle," that features the further adventures of Bob Howard — a wisecracking, occasionally insubordinate, computer-hacker desk jockey — the reluctant hero in "The Atrocity Archive." Bob works for "The Laundry," a British ultra-secret intelligence organization. In "The Concrete Jungle," a power struggle erupts within the Laundry's management, and Bob is unavoidably caught in the middle.

    With an Introduction by noted British SF author Ken MacLeod, and an Afterword by Charles Stross in which he explores the distinction between the spy thriller and the horror story.

    Cover art by Steve Montiglio.


    More praise for "The Atrocity Archive":
    "Another Hugo nominee this year, Stross has gene-spliced H. P. Lovecraft and Len Deighton to produce an SF thriller that is both witty and unsettling."   — Andrew Wilson, The Scotsman, Roundup of the Best SF of 2002


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  • Read  Nick Gever's Locus Magazine review

  • Read  Rich Horton's Locus Online review

  • Read the review in The New York Review of Science Fiction

  • Read the MarsDust.com review (scroll down)

  • Read the Charles Stross interview on MarsDust.com


  • Read an excerpt from "The Atrocity Archive"

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  • Vivid Worlds, Sheer Strangeness, Real People

    BREATHMOSS
    and Other Exhalations

    Ian R. MacLeod


    "Since 1988, British writer Ian MacLeod has proven himself a powerful short-story writer in issues of Asimov's and elsewhere. His understated, melancholic prose, with its focus on small lives that open out interiorly to vast fields of meaning . . . these tales echo and compound such mainstream masters as Hardy, Lawrence and Dickens, while also evoking thoughts of Nancy Kress, Philip Jose Farmer, and James Tiptree."
    — Paul Di Filippo, Asimov's SF




    The literary short fiction of Ian R. MacLeod combines fantasy, science fiction, and horror in vivid settings, peopled with normal humans with normal relationships, and the interaction of the mundane with the fantastic is where MacLeod shows his skills. In "Breathmoss," nominated for the Hugo award, a young girl must cope with the relationship with her family, love, and a community set in rigid custom, where males are a rarity. In "Verglas," nominated for the Locus Poll award, a man must decide to leave his humanity, by going native on an ice world, or abandon his family. During WWII an eighteen-year-old girl gains the reputation of being "The Chop Girl" (winner of the World Fantasy Award, nominated for the Hugo award) — a death flower, which once dated meant certain death on the next mission for the unlucky airman. But what happens when the chop girl dates a lucky flyer, one that always returns? The combination of good and bad luck will change her reputation, or his. A famous and rich composer, secure in his life and habits, helps a young girl lost in a forest, who teaches him that there is magic in the world he has been ignoring, especially near "The Noonday Pool." A scientist devotes his life to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and as his life nears its end, he finds himself essentially the only person still looking for ET, and he has been reduced to poverty, drunkenness, and ridicule. But the future is bright, and full of promise, in "New Light on the Drake Equation." An isolated valley depends on the sun's rays being reflected into their valley, a task accomplished by the members of a religious order, blinded at birth. But Isabel finds the constraints of her duties burdensome, and seeks other relationships, becoming "Isabel of the Fall." In an alternate history, England loses WWI, and becomes the Germany of the '20s and '30s — a fascist government takes power, and Jews and gypsies are relocated to islands off the coast of Scotland, and homosexuals are offered "treatment" at camps. The story is told from the perspective of an aging historian and homosexual, who was the teacher of the fascist leader. The events leading to the formation of the current government, the repression of Jews and homosexuals, and the horrors of being a closet homosexual in such a regime are examined in "The Summer Isles," winner of the World Fantasy award and nominated for the Hugo award.

    Cover art by Bob Eggleton.


    "[Ian R. MacLeod] is a major source and shaper of what SF will be in the coming millennium."
    — Michael Swanwick


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  • Worlds Real and Imagined

    SECRET LIFE

    Jeff VanderMeer




    "Beautifully written, virtually hallucinatory work . . . connoisseurs of the finest in postmodern fantasy will find it enormously rewarding."
    Publishers Weekly starred review of City of Saints and Madmen




    In 2002, when Jeff VanderMeer's first book-length short fiction collection, City of Saints and Madmen, made nearly every "year's best" sf/fantasy list, including those of Publishers Weekly and amazon.com, this merely confirmed what fans and critics alike had already known — that the future master of fantastical fiction had arrived. City of Saints and Madmen introduced readers to Ambergris — a brilliantly realized city of treachery, ritual, and decay, whose denizens include the mysterious "mushroom dwellers," where the juxtaposition of humor and horror forms a complex fantastical tapestry of the imagination.

    Now, with Secret Life, VanderMeer's second short fiction collection, readers can return to the world of Ambergris, where the author has set five of these stories, including "Corpse Mouth and Spore Nose," a new story written exclusively for this volume. But Jeff VanderMeer is a man of many worlds, as reflected in his travels and in his fiction: "Balzac's War," set in the same milieu as the author's first novel, Veniss Underground, is a harrowing, powerful far-future novella that pits brother against brother in a landscape ravaged by war with Earth's newly sentient human-made species. In thirteenth-century Cambodia, a lone artist is torn between his love of his craft and his unspoken love for a woman in "The Bone Carver's Tale." It's seventeenth-century Peru, and in "The Emperor's Reply" and "The Compass of His Bones," the last Incan Emperor, having brutally fallen at the hands of the Conquistadores, seeks his revenge. And this summer you can join us at "The Festival of the Freshwater Squid," in Sebring, Florida, to observe the annual mating rituals of the mayfly squid.

    Jeff VanderMeer, winner of the 2000 World Fantasy Award, has handpicked these twenty-three stories (three written exclusively for this collection), which reflect a diversity of approaches to key questions about the human condition: questions about mortality, love, obsession, and creativity. Secret Life represents the author's continuing effort to stretch the narrative boundaries of fiction while still entertaining the reader. Yet all of these stories are related thematically: transformation and what it means to be human — and the reader too will be transformed, into one of the faithful, a confirmed believer in the short fiction of Jeff VanderMeer.

    With personal notes by the author detailing each story's genesis, and an Introduction by Jeffrey Ford, New York Times Notable Author and winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel for The Physiognomy.

    Cover art by Scott Eagle.


    "Make the most of the tapestry of tales and visions before you. It is a rare treasure, to be tasted with both relish and respect. It is the work of an original. It's what you've been looking for."
    — Michael Moorcock, recipient of the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award, from the Introduction to City of Saints and Madmen


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  • Read the Jeff VanderMeer interview on SciFi Dimensions


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  • A peek into the future . . .

    Neal Barrett, Jr. — The Prince of Christler-Coke
    (Novel, September 2004)

    Kage Baker — Black Projects, White Knights: The Company Dossiers
    (Trade Paperback Reprint, September 2004)

    Pamela Sargent — Thumbprints
    (Collection, October 2004)

    William F. Nolan — Wild Galaxy
    (Collection, 2005)

    Richard Bowes — From the Files of the Time Rangers
    (Novel, 2005)

    George Alec Effinger Live! from Planet Earth
    (Collection, 2005)

    Gregory Frost — Attack of the Jazz Giants and Other Stories
    (Collection, 2005)




     

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