With the help of fine folks over at GOODREADS, we’re giving away an advance reading copy of World Fantasy Award nominee Jacob Weisman’s INVADERS: 22 TALES FROM THE OUTER LIMITS OF LITERATURE.
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Edited by Jacob Weisman
The invasion of the future has begun.
Literary legends including Steven Millhauser, Junot Diáz, Amiri Baraka, and Katharine Dunn have attacked the borders of the every day. Like time traveling mad-scientists, they have concocted outrageous creations from the future. They have seized upon tales of technology gone wrong and mandated that pulp fiction must finally grow up.
[Starred review] In this very fine reprint anthology, Weisman has brought together 22 SF stories by authors who, although not generally associated with the genre, are clearly fellow travelers (not the ominous invaders suggested by the title). Among the major names are Pulitzer Prize–winner Junot Díaz, George Sanders, Katherine Dunn, Jonathan Lethem, Amiri Baraka, W.P. Kinsella, Steven Millhauser, Robert Olen Butler, and Molly Gloss. Among the best of the consistently strong stories are Díaz’s “Monstro,” the horrifying tale of a disease outbreak in Haiti; Gloss’s near-perfect first-contact story, “Lambing Season”; Kinsella’s totally bizarre “Reports Concerning the Death of the Seattle Albatross Are Somewhat Exaggerated”; Ben Loory’s fable-like “The Squid Who Fell in Love with the Sun”; and Saunders’s “Escape from Spiderhead,” a deeply sexy tale of wild experimental science. In general, the stories tend toward satire and emphasize fine writing more than hitting genre beats—technology is usually a means to an end rather than the center of the story—but most of them could easily have found homes in SF magazines.
In these wildly-speculative stories you will discover the company that controls the world from an alley in Greenwich Village. You’ll find nanotechnology that returns memories to the residents of a nursing home. You’ll rally an avian-like alien to become a mascot for a Major League Baseball team.
The Invaders are here. But did science fiction colonize them first?
Table of Contents
- “Portal” by J. Robert Lennon
- “Beautiful Monsters” by Eric Puchner
- “The Squid Who Fell in Love with the Sun” by Ben Loory.
- “Five Fucks” by Jonathan Lethem
- “LIMBs” by Julia Elliott
- “We Are The Olfanauts” by Deji Bryce Olukotun
- “The Region of Unlikeness” by Rivka Galchen
- “A Precursor of the Cinema” by Steven Millhauser
- “In the Bushes” by Jami Attenberg
- “Fugue State” by Brian Evenson
- “Reports Concerning the Death of the Seattle Albatross Are Somewhat Exaggerated” by W. P. Kinsella
- “Lambing Season” by Molly Gloss
- “Conrad Loomis & The Clothes Ray” by Amiri Baraka.
- “Topics in Advanced Rocketry” by Chris Tarry
- “The Inner City” by Karen Heuler
- “Escape from Spiderhead” by George Saunders
- “Amorometer” by Kelly Luce
- “The Yogurt of Vasirin Kefirovsky” by Max Apple
- “Monstros” by Junot Díaz
- “Minotaur” by Jim Shepard
- “Help Me Find My Spaceman Lover” by Robert Olen Butler
- “Near-Flesh” by Katherine Dunn
For more information about INVADERS: 22 TALES FROM THE OUTER LIMITS OF LITERATURE, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover by Goro Fujita
Design by Elizabeth Story