Uncanny

I don't actually know when this is coming out. (Maybe I should check the Uncanny website.) Anyway, this issue will contain a story of mine titled "The Graveyard." It's a ghost story set in contemporary Iceland, and it's based on a conversation I had with the curator of an Icelandic history site. So part of the story is true, insofar as ghost stories are true.

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The Book of Magic

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The story in this anthology, "Loft the Sorcerer," is based on an Iceland folktale, I think a famous one, though I am not an expert on Icelandic folktales. The early part of my story is directly from the folktale. Then, in the middle, I take it in a new direction involving trolls. I like my version of Icelandic trolls, as did the editor of this anthology, the late Gardner Dozois.

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Clarkesworld

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December, 2016 issue.

My story "Checkerboard Planet" is in this. It's one of a series of stories -- space opera, I guess you would call them -- about Lydia Duluth, who is a former revolutionary and present location scout for the famous interstellar holoplay company Stellar Harvest.

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Infinity Wars

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My story "Mines" is in this.Gardner Dozois picked it up for one of his Best SF of the Year anthologies. I am very fond of this story because it has an African Giant Pouched Rat in it. The hero of the story is okay, but the rat is excellent.

 

Lady Poetesses from Hell

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I belong to a poetry writing group, which gives readings at the local SFF conventions under the name of Lady Poetesses from Hell. This book is a collection of poems from the group and from other poets who read with us.

If you want to buy a copy, you had better contact me directly.

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The Sword Smith

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The Sword Smith tells the tale of Limper, a master sword smith running from an oppressive boss-king who forced him to make expensive junk, and Nargri, his young dragon companion. Written in the early 1970s, and published in 1978 by Condor, The Sword Smith is an anti-epic fantasy. In a new Afterword written for this edition, Arnason describes the characters as "mostly fairly ordinary people, rather than heroes, wizards, and kings. Their problems are ordinary problems, rather than a gigantic struggle between good and evil. There is no magic. The dragons are intelligent therapod dinosaurs, and the trolls are some kind of hominid, maybe Neanderthals. In many ways, it is a science fiction story disguised as a fantasy."

-- From the publisher

"The Sword Smith ... is a fantasy notable for the spare elegance of its narrative, which focuses with modest intensity upon its young protagonist's slow grasp of life's meaning."

-- Science Fiction Encyclopedia

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To the Resurrection Station

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To the Resurrection Station, Arnason's second novel (written in the 1970s), was first published in 1986. On a planet far from our Earth, it begins a Gothic tale: a moldering mansion full of secrets, a disturbing master of the house, a young and innocent heroine, and the mansion's robot servant, who drives the story. A motley crew escapes to Earth (now overrun by interesting intelligent machines, except for a clearly crazy spaceport) where they land and begin exploring the ruins of New York City.

In a new Afterword written for this edition, Arnason describes Resurrection Station as about people who can't fit into social roles. "Claud can't be a traditional Native. Belinda can't be a straight young woman or a traditional heroine. Shortpaw is not an acceptable giant mutant rat. Without being especially heroic, they all refuse to give in or give up."

-- From the publisher.

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