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Though the Keith Brooke interview with Claude Lalumière primarily focuses on his new story collection Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes, it didn’t stop the discussion from veering into other topics such as Super Stories of Heroes & Villains.
KB: Tell us about some of your favourite finds – those stories you’re thrilled to have anthologized.
CL: Well, I hate to play favourites. But I will point to two stories that had special meaning for me. In Island Dreams: Montreal Writers of the Fantastic, I published the final work by my dear friend Martin Last, who died three years later. Martin was a man who had led a rich life and befriending him and his lifetime companion Baird Last (who died a few years before Martin wrote this story) changed my life for the better in many ways. For Super Stories of Heroes & Villains, I convinced George R.R. Martin – although he was sceptical at first that it would work – to let me use his interstitial material from the first Wild Cards volume to form a unified mosaic story sketching the secret history of the Wild Cards universe. This material had never appeared in quite that form before, and I love the results. People have told me it’s one of their favourite stories in the book.
Read the entire interview at SF Signal.
For more on Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes, visit Infinity Plus.
For more on Super Stories of Heroes & Villains, visit the Tachyon page.
Super Stories of Heroes & Villainscover by Elizabeth Story.
Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes cover by Marc Tessier.
Andrea Johnson, aka the Little Red Reviewer, included the final Kage Baker collection In the Company of Thieves, in her contribution to the SF Signal Mind Meld: What Lesser-Known Books Deserve More Attention?
Everyone talks about Kage Baker’s Company series, but it’s a long series that has to be read in a certain order, making it look almost as intimidating as McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan saga (or moreso, since very few people will tell you what The Company series is actually about). Want just a taste to see if The Company schtick is for you, not to mention Baker’s writing style? Plant yourself in front of the short story collection In The Company of Thieves for a handful of short stories that take place in the world of The Company. There are contemporary tales, a comedy of errors, plenty of history fiction, and even a steampunk story. I can’t think of a better way to get introduced to Kage Baker if you’re not familiar with her work. I always get a little sad thinking about this series, because there will never be another book written in it.
For the rest of the selections, visit SF Signal.
For more information about In the Company of Thieves, visit the Tachyon page.
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