Tachyon tidbits featuring Patricia A. McKillip, Jacob Weisman, and Jane Yolen

The latest reviews and mentions of Tachyon titles and authors from around the web.

Patricia A. McKillip (photo: Stephen Gold/Wikimedia Commons). Jacob Weisman, and Jane Yolen (Jason Stemple)

At MORE RED INK, Marty Halpern discusses Patricia A. McKillip’s THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD.

My most recent project was THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD by Patricia A. McKillip, forthcoming in September from Tachyon Publications.

I’ll admit that I had not read this book previously (it was originally published in 1974), and to my delight, the story had me intrigued from the very beginning. Which seems to be the overall consensus from the many reviews I have read since completing work on this project.

This is one project that I wanted to keep working on, and working on…not to be done with the project itself, but to find out what came next in the story. And as noted in one of the reviews I read, the prose is so seductive that I had to keep reminding myself that this is work!


INVADERS is a collection of stories written by “literary” writers exploring the concept of invasion in science fictional settings. While some of the stories didn’t grab my attention (and that can probably be attributed to timing and my state of mind more than anything else), it’s a solid effort to show that writers bleed through genre lines more often that we realize. I did, however, really enjoy the following stories: “Portal” – J. Robert Lennon, “The Inner City” – Karen Heuler, “Topics in Advanced Rocketry” – Chris Tarry, “A Precursor of the Cinema” – Steven Millhauser, “Monstros” – Junot Díaz, and “Near-Flesh” – Katherine Dunn. These explore the weirdness of human psyche and will linger in my mind for a long time.

#AM READING includes Jane Yolen’s THE EMERALD CIRCUS in Tell It To Me Again: 9 YA Retellings Of Fairytales And Classics Hitting Shelves In 2017.

A collection of fairytale retellings from Jane Yolen? Sign me up! THE EMERALD CIRCUS twists a ton of tales that we know and love on their heads. Yolen messes with Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland to name a few. The adventures include sassy girls in Never Never Land who lead strikes for equal work rights, and a circus twist on Dorothy’s famous journey. Sounds like just the thing we’d all want to read, but we’ll have to wait till November to do so.

For more info about THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD, visit the Tachyon page.

Cover by Thomas Canty

For more info on INVADERS: 22 TALES FROM THE OUTER LIMITS OF LITERATURE, visit the Tachyon page.

Cover art by Goro Fujita

Design by Elizabeth Story

For more info on THE EMERALD CIRCUS, visit the Tachyon page.

Cover design by Elizabeth Story