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Some of these books came from publishers, some from authors, or fans. Some of them are signed. Some of them are rare or out of print. Some of them are limited editions you can’t find in any store.
What do they have in common? They’re all short story collections.
As you all know, while I love story, I’m not very good at the *short* part. But I respect the hell out of the people that can do it well.
All of today’s books are going into the Worldbuilders Lottery. That means you can win these and over a thousand other books by donating on the Worldbuilders Team Page. Every ten bucks you kick in gives you another chance to win.
So let’s see what we have today, shall we?
- A numbered edition of Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores. Signed by Greg Ketter, David Bischoff, P.D. Cacek, Ramsey Campbell, Charles de Lint, Marianne de Pierres, Harlan Ellison, Rick Hautala, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Gerard Houarner, John J. Miller, A.R. Morlan, Lisa Morton, Melanie Tem, Patrick Weekes, Jack Williamson, Gene Wolfe, and Neil Gaiman.
This is a collection of short stories about bookstores. It’s numbered 127 of 1000, and it is signed by all of the contributing authors, including the editors and Neil Gaiman. How effing cool.
We could easily auction this off. But instead, we’re going to throw it into the lottery, where anyone who donates $10 possibly win it.
- A set of A Pleasure to Burn and Summer Morning, Summer Night by Ray Bradbury.
“[About Summer Morning, Summer Night] As intoxicating as Bradbury’s legendary Dandelion Wine , the 27 new and old stories in this potent collection resonate with timeless power.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
- The Sci-Fi Pack: A set of The Dimension Next Door, Fellowship Fantastic, and Solaris Rising: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction. First two signed by Bradley P. Beaulieu. Solaris Rising signed by Alastair Reynolds, Ian Whates, Lavie Tidhar, Pat Cadigan, Eric Brown, Jaine Fenn, Dave Hutchinson.
“Whates intends the stories[in Solaris Rising] to illustrate the diversity of the SF field at present. I think the book does this brilliantly. The stories are extremely varied and there should be something for everyone in here.” - Patrick Mahon
- 2 copies of Bronies: For the Love of Ponies from Kazka Press.
Oh sure, I might watch My Little Pony with my little boy. And yes, I think it’s a good show. And yes, I even know which pony I would be. Oot has informed me that I’m applejack. (He’s Spike, and Sarah is Pinkie Pie.)
Ah fuck. I might be a brony.
Let’s not speak of this again….
- The Otherworldly Pack: A set of The Door Gunner and Other Perilous Flights of Fancy; Winter’s Dreams; and a limited edition copy of In Waders From Mars. The last signed by Keith Lansdale, Karen Lansdale, Joe R. Lansdale.
“Best known for his Black Company series of fantasy novels, Cook focuses on alternate realities, distant futures, self-sacrifice, and camaraderie born of loneliness in these 12 intimate stories… Close first-person perspectives tug heartstrings in these tragedies of thwarted expectations.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
- A set of 100 Stories for Haiti and 100 Stories for Queensland. Signed by Robert J. McCarter.
“One hundred beautiful stories. Our stories. When so much was lost or destroyed, this was created. That’s something that can never recede or wash away.” Kate Eltham.
- The Suspense Pack: A set of Indignities of the Flesh by Bentley Little and Strange Epiphanies by Peter Bell.
“[This] collection, spanning more than two decades, contains Little’s trademark visceral descriptives and Southwest settings, sure to please fans who may have missed some of the more obscure entries.” – Publishers Weekly
“The sense of menace and melancholy sown into the pieces emanates primarily from the locales in which they are set and is in large part the reason I can’t recommend Strange Epiphanies highly enough.” – John Kenny
- A copy of Strange Wonders: A Collection of Rare Fritz Leiber Works by Fritz Leiber.
“For anyone who loves great literature, Fritz Leiber walked on water.” – Harlan Ellison
- A set of Vacancy & Ariel and The Dragon Griaule by Lucius Shepard.
“Lucius Shepard has one of the sharpest pens in the genre, and he’s in top form in this set of stories.” – Tor.Com
- The Horrifically Divine Supernatural Pack: A set of Morbid Seraphic signed by Stephen B. Pearl; Chimerascope signed by Douglas Smith; and Dangers Untold edited by Jennifer Brozek. First two are signed.
“Doug Smith is, quite simply, the finest short-story writer Canada has ever produced in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and he’s also the most prolific. His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think.” - Robert J. Sawyer
- A set of Beauty Has Her Way signed by Joshua Palmatier; River signed by Joshua Palmatier; a limited edition of The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini & other Strange Stories signed by Reggie Oliver; and a limited edition copy of Stories from the Plague Years signed by Michael Marano, Gabrielle Faust, and John Shirley.
“[About River] I was surprised at how varied the stories were, from those in fantasy settings (like mine) to modern day settings, to post-apocalyptic and even SF settings … I think every reader will be able to find a couple of stories in here that they will love, and they’ll enjoy the rest of the stories as well.” – Joshua Palmatier
“[Reggie Oliver is] endowed with a fertile imagination and a superb writing technique. He’s a terrific storyteller who can write in a classy, elegant yet powerful narrative style, creating perfectly drawn characters and enticing plots.” – British Fantasy Society
- A copy of Gods of Opar by Philip José Farmer
In this beautiful collection from Subterranean Press, fans get something special. It includes two novels written by Farmer, Hadon of Ancient Opar and Flight to Opar, as well as The Song of Kwasin. The last was written only in outline form when Farmer died, and so was finished by Chistopher Paul Carey and added into the mix.
“Fans of Farmer’s original series will appreciate this repackaging and enjoy the finale, both in tone and because of the closure it provides. Likewise, fans…will find the entire collection an accessible and enjoyable throwback.” – Publishers Weekly
- The Contemplation Pack: A set of Conversation Hearts edited by John Crowley, Turns and Chances edited by Juliet E. McKenna, and a limited edition copy of Metamorphosis signed by James P. Blaylock, Adriana Campoy, Brittany Cox, Alex Haniford, and Tim Powers.
“[John Crowley's] trademark elegance shines through.” – Publishers Weekly
“[About Turns and Chances] The reader also gets a real sense of depth, of the world stretching away beyond the narrow confines of these pages, both in time and space. It’s an impressive achievement.” – Joanne Hall
“These three reflective short-short stories employing Blaylock’s signature nostalgic prose are individually strong in technique.” – Publishers Weekly
- A limited edition copy of Palimpsest. Signed by Charles Stross.
This won the Hugo, folks. So you know it’s got something going for it…. Plus it’s signed by Stross. So it’s double-cool.
“Experienced SF readers will enjoy this intelligent look at the intricacies of time travel fiction.” – Publishers Weekly
- A limited edition copy of The Inheritance and Other Stories. Signed by Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm.
The fact that this book is signed by both Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm is pretty interesting, given that the two are actually the same person….
“An engaging, entertaining introduction to both sides of the author’s work.” - Booklist (Starred Review)
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