In the Company of Thieves
by Kage Baker
Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and Ebook (Digital edition does not contain "The Women of Nell Gwynne's")
Do you want a jewel worn by Cleopatra, an original Shakespeare folio, or the combined genes of Socrates and Marilyn Monroe? Dr. Zeus can make your dreams come true.
The Company, a powerful corporate entity in the twenty-fourth century, has discovered a nearly foolproof recipe for success: immortal employees and time travel. It specializes in retrieving extraordinary treasures out of the past, gathered by cybernetically enhanced workers who pass as ordinary people. Or at least they try to pass….
One rule at Dr. Zeus Incorporated must not be broken: Recorded history cannot be changed. But avoiding the attention of mortals while stealing from them? It’s definitely not in the Company manual.
History awaits, although not quite the one you remember.
“With each story, Baker effectively places her characters within the tides of history and emotion.”
“Once you read [Baker], you’ll understand what all the fuss is about.…So many of these stories were only previously available in special edition printings, or other collections that are out of print, so this new volume from Tachyon Publications is an excellent (and affordable!) way to get your Baker fix.”
—The Little Red Reviewer
“Kage Baker’s short fiction is a major part of what makes her such a great author….In the Company of Thieves is an excellent collection.”
“It’s a bittersweet experience, reading posthumous publications of a favorite author written by someone else, and it always leaves me feeling both desperately grateful and bereft. Still, this collection brings Kage Baker’s lyrical style, dark humor, and lovely prose. I adore how her characters come to fully fledged life, no matter what style she uses, and how they stick around, long after I put the book away.”
“ This collection…for fans of Baker, old and new…it’s good science fiction (with elements of steampunk) for any reader.”
“I’m not reviewing all the stories here – I need to leave something for you to go and discover yourselves. Take my word for it – they’re good. They’re all different. The writing is ace. There’s humour. There’s sadness. There’s steampunk gadgets and, did I mention, the giant chickens. Go and read them for yourself.”
— Stainless Steel Droppings
“…In the Company of Thieves is an excellent collection. The three novellas alone are a rich bounty….”
—Far Beyond Reality
Kage Baker is the author of the Company novels, her series of immortal, time-traveling cyborgs, including In the Garden of Iden, Mendoza in Hollywood, and The Sons of Heaven. Baker received the Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon awards. She was passionately involved in the theater as an actor, director, playwright, and teacher of Elizabethan English as a second language, which she often used for research in her novels.
Kathleen Bartholomew is Kage Baker’s sister and editor. She has been working with Baker’s unfinished projects since Baker’s untimely death from cancer in 2010.
Praise for Kage Baker
“If John le Carré wrote science fiction, it might read like The Graveyard Game.”
—New York Times
“Imagine an Errol Flynn classic ebulliently re-imagined by Monty Python director Terry Gilliam….”
—Booklist, on The Anvil of the World
“If you’re reading something by Kage Baker, fasten your seat belt—you’re in for a wild ride.”
—Gardner Dozois, editor of The Year’s Best Science Fiction
“Ms. Baker is the best thing to happen to modern science fiction since Connie Willis or Dan Simmons. She mixes adventure, history and societal concerns in just the right amount, creating an action-packed but thoughtful read.”
Praise for The Company Series
“If there’s a better time-travel series out there, go find it.”
—Kirkus, starred review
“Historical detail and fast-paced action with a good dose of ironic wit and a dollop of bittersweet romance.”
“Another entry…in Baker’s superlative series about Dr. Zeus…. An astonishing and thoroughly satisfying installment. What’s more, Baker’s overall concept and rationale, flawlessly sustained through five books, grows ever more spellbinding and impressive.”
—Kirkus, starred review
“Listen closely, and perhaps you will hear the collective sigh of delight from intelligent lovers of fantasy the world over.”
Praise for The Hotel under the Sand
“In fact—although this is something one should always say with some caution—it wouldn’t surprise me if it turned out to be a classic and went on down the ages along with Alice and Oz and the very few others that have become immortal.”
—Diana Wynne Jones, author of Howl’s Moving Castle
“Charming…. Baker’s first book for younger readers is a delight.”
“Kage Baker is already well-known among adult readers for her science-fiction series The Company, but her new children’s book The Hotel under the Sand is bound to win her plenty of new readers among the younger set.”
“Refreshingly original…. Although Baker is an established author of science fiction and fantasy for adults, this novel is written so naturally that it is difficult to believe it is her debut for younger readers.”
—VOYA Library Journal
“There are few books that I immediately want to press into the hands of other readers the instant I turn the last page. My copy of Hotel will be one that I hand to my daughter in a few years. First, however, I’m going to force it on everybody I know.”
“It’s exciting to come upon a book that serves not only as a great story to share with your kids but one that has some undeniably unusual—and geeky—features.”
Visit the Kage Baker website.
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The Unfortunate Gytt
The Women of Nell Gwynne’s (only available in the paperback edition)