Modern gods and goddesses, remote, revered - and like the pantheon of heroes and heroines of ancient myth - possessing great power tempered with flaws. Now, find within this anthology great tales by gifted and award-winning authors who move superheroes from the four-color panels of comic books to the fantastic pages of fiction, stories that will remind anyone who ever wanted to wear a cape or don a cowl of the extraordinary powers of the imagination!
"Pretentious tired old concepts"
A collection of the best science fiction prose written in 2006 from some of the genre's greatest authors, including James Patrick Kelly, Wil McCarthy, Susan Palwick, Tom Purdom, Robert Reed, Michael Swanwick, James Van Pelt, Howard Waldrop, Alastair Reynolds, Ian McDonald, Mary Rosenblum, Stephen Leigh, and Joe Haldeman.
"Good collection, uneven narration"
From Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, here are the best stories of 2002, written by four of the most respected writers of our day: Robert Silverberg, James Patrick Kelly, Ian Watson, and Gregory Benford. Also try The Best of Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine and The Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine 2002.
"Mislabeled but good"
Here's a time travel tale that takes place during the Cuban Missile Crisis. 12 year-old Ray stumbles upon an android from the future that has been sent back to 1962 to change the course of our history. What he asks Ray to help him do will shock you in this gripping story of impossible choices. This story won the Hugo for Best Novelette in 2000.
Imagine a race of marsupial-like aliens who have not two, but three sexes: father, birth-mother, and nurture-mother. The difficulties of married life are further complicated by adding another partner, but this culture has worked out its own unique solution. The arrival of a new race of space-faring aliens, however, will change everything.
StoryPod 2.0 brings you 13 classic stories from Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author James Patrick Kelly! Kelly not only narrates each story, he adds exclusive commentary that takes you inside his creative process. The theme of StoryPod 2.0 is stories about aliens and outer space. And it includes a real treat: the complete, Nebula Award-winning novella, "Burn". But the classic stories don't stop there.
A man in a bar has a headache, but it's not from drink. Rather, it is because in the distant future, a collective consciousness is experimenting with his cryogenically-preserved corpse. What's the cure for being dead?
StoryPod 1.0 brings you 13 mind-bending stories from Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author James Patrick Kelly! Kelly not only narrates each story, he adds exclusive commentary that takes you inside his creative process.
The last man on Earth is depressed and the robots charged with his care are at a loss as to how to shake him out of it. They concoct an elaborate scheme to have Christmas in May. After all, at the end of history, who cares if the dates are a little off? This story was a Hugo Award finalist in 2004.
Chairman Jack Winter hoped to found a utopia on a planet he called Walden, a refuge where the last true humans could escape the rampant post-human technologies of the Thousand Worlds. But the native people never gave their permission for his social experiment - or to take over their world - and now they are setting forest fires in protest.
"Save Your Money"
This novelette won the Hugo award in 1996 and has been hailed by many as a science-fiction classic. Intelligent dinosaurs from outer space offer humanity the chance to use their transporter technology to join the galactic culture, but at a terrible price. When a routine transport goes wrong, one man must face the consequences of becoming too much like an alien.
"Like Shatner reading Twilight Zone."
Subscribe to StoryPod 4.0 and you'll get 13 stories in 13 weeks by Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author James Patrick Kelly! Jim not only narrates each story, he offers exclusive commentary that takes you inside his creative process. StoryPod 4.0 puts Jim Kelly's many talents on display, from a comic remake of the book of Genesis to a ghost story featuring Emily Bronte to a tale of aliens Christmas shopping at the mall - and everything in between. Kelly is a two-time winner of the Hugo Award and a 2007 Nebula Award winner. His stories appear frequently in Asimov's Science Fiction, and he writes the magazine's "On the Net" column. Publishers Weekly has called him "a meticulous craftsman in the demanding short-story form".
The intelligent starship Godspeed has been exploring the galaxy for centuries, seeking out new homes for humankind. In that time, many crews have come and gone. Now, young Adel Santos comes aboard and discovers that all is not right, either with the Godspeed or his fellow crew members.
StoryPod 3.0 brings you 13 classic stories from Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author James Patrick Kelly! Kelly not only narrates each story, he adds exclusive commentary that takes you inside his creative process. If you don't think you like science fiction, then StoryPod 3.0 is for you. If you DO like sci-fi, then it's REALLY for you! You'll hear the classic Hugo Award-winning novelette, "10 to the 16th to 1", "The Best Christmas Ever", a Hugo nominee; and more.
Stonehenge is possibly the most mystical place on Earth. Its call has echoed through the ages and will continue as long as the stones continue to stand. The drug artist Tony Cage is almost as obsessed with Stonehenge as he is with his offspring Wynne, whom he had cloned from his own cells but then tweaked her sex chromosome from XY to XX. Is she his daughter or something entirely different? Tony will find the answer at Stonehenge on the Solstice Day.
The Sixties are ending badly. It's the eve of the Kent State shootings, and Space Cowboy is on the prowl for the most powerful drug in the universe - the one that can make him who he is destined to be. A psychedelic romp with a sense of wonder ending.
He's a simple man, trying to live a simple life. He works at a dry cleaner and lives by himself. He doesn't have any friends and doesn't dare to reach out to others because there's a monster inside of him, a bloody-minded creature he's fighting a losing battle to control. He prays to God for help knowing that, unless his prayers are answered very soon, he will go on a killing spree. A taut tale of suspense and the fantastic, that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last sentence.
More about the strange Cage family from the stories "Solstice" and "Chillon". Now comes Peter, Wynne's son, who is going to be 12 years old forever, or at least as long as Wynne keeps paying to have him twanked. With his robot playmate Comrade, Peter is growing up in a world where virtual reality is commonplace and where people can have themselves genetically altered into dinosaurs, bears or a three-quarters scale replica of the Statue of Liberty.
Rebelling against her fashion-drug designer father, freelance journalist and troubled clone Wynne Cage covers a data-heist that places her in the rank of a thief. To make matters more complicated, Wynne must also confront the forces of a world with unlimited bio-technological advantages.
As humankind's first starship accelerates past the speed of light, an astronaut wakes up and finds that he is all alone. The crew is gone, the sensors give no readings, and he is trapped. Alone? Not quite. His imaginary wife keeps him company and helps him keep a tenuous hold on his sanity.