In this thrilling collection of original stories, some of today’s hottest paranormal authors delight, thrill and captivate readers with otherworldly tales of magic and mischief.
"Not what I was looking for"
This is a collection of seven contemporary robot tales written by some of today's most acclaimed science fiction authors. A sentient war machine combs a beach for trinkets to create memorials for its fallen comrades in the Hugo Award-winning story, "Tideline", by Elizabeth Bear. In "Balancing Accounts", by James Cambias, a small-time independent robotic space tug is hired by a mysterious client for a voyage between two of Saturn's moons.
Determined to escape her father’s plans for her future, Anna flees Holland and elopes with her sweetheart, Jan, to England. They go to Colchester, the hub of the thriving cloth industry. But settling in is not as easy as the young lovers had imagined. On the advice of a local church minister, Jan takes up poorly paid work as a dyer and Anna is offered work in the minister’s home, keeping house and looking after his pregnant wife.
The discovery of two old photographs, one of a large house, the other of three girls in Edwardian dress, puzzles 20-year-old Lucy Armitage and starts her off on a quest with antique dealer Ben Manton. Although she is sure it can have nothing to do with her, one of the girls in the photograph looks uncannily like Lucy herself. Together they visit Rookhurst Hall, which Ben has recognised as the house in the picture, but what they find only deepens the mystery.
After the death of her mother, Mollie Barnes was lucky to be taken in by her Aunt Rose and Uncle Sam. Over the years, Mollie learns to live with her Aunt's resentment, but after an angry outburst from Rose, she inadvertently discovers the shocking truth about her parentage. Every day, Mollie has been working by the shore under the shadow of the big house, but now she knows that the master of the house, James Grainger, is her real father.
Jemima, the unexpected and unwanted thirteenth child, is brought up in poverty by a drunken slattern of a mother, whilst her twin Sophie is taken to live nearby by a kind aunt. Jemima knows that spoilt Sophie doesn't like her, because Jemima is the clever one. She loves school and wants to become a teacher. Jemima pursues her dream to begin her training. Then Sophie comes to seek Jemima's help. Jemima faces a difficult dilemma. Must she now sacrifice everything for the sake of her twin?
Bethany and her mother are left destitute following the scandalous death of her father. They prevail upon their only living relative, Great Aunt Sarah, who runs an inn that has seen better days. Beth persuades Sarah to build up the business, and trade at the inn increases. Their future looks secure. However, trouble lies ahead, in the form of Zachary Brown, an itinerant labourer who takes a shine to Beth, but is not all he seems.
There are five articles in this issue: "Going After Hillary", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Dangerous Minds", by Malcolm Gladwell; "Unconventional Crude", by Elizabeth Kolbert; "Unforgiven", by Jeffrey Toobin; and "Hunting Grounds", by Anthony Lane.
"Some Nukes" by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Cruise Control" by Ben McGrath; "After Stevens" by Jeffrey Toobin; "Everybody Have Fun" by Elizabeth Kolbert: "Pioneer" by John McPhee; "Don't Ask Me" by Paul Rudnick; "The Long War" by Sasha Frere-Jones.
"Storm Warnings" by Elizabeth Kolbert; "High Stakes" by Jane Mayer; "Leaving Desire" by Jon Lee Anderson; "Rites" by Jeffrey Toobin; "Cowboy" by Thomas McGuane; "Come Rain or Come Shine" by John Lahr; "Unhappy Families" by Anthony Lane.
"In Search of Success", by Steve Coll; "No More Mister Nice Guy", by Jeffrey Toobin; "The Sixth Extinction?", by Elizabeth Kolbert; "Book Club", by Ann Hodgman; and "Unholy Alliances", by Anthony Lane.
"Votescam", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "An Unsolved Killing", by Jeffrey Toobin; "Best Seats", by Bruce Wagner; "Stung", by Elizabeth Kolbert; "Tower of Babble", by Paul Goldberger; "War Wounds", by David Denby.