The stories in this collection were first published in Analog, a science fiction magazine, between 1990 and 2011. They feature the adventures of eccentric kilt-wearing anthropologist, archaeologist, and xenologist Rhys Llewellyn and his able assistants, Yoshi Umeki and Roderick Halfax. Given my fascination with archaeology, first contact…and all things Scottish, I suppose these stories were inevitable.
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Thirteen authors (fifteen if you count pseudonyms) from the Book View Cafe got together one rainy Saturday afternoon with a big bowl of popcorn and reruns of Buck Rogers. They started comparing short stories and a new anthology took form. Rare reprints, hard-to-find favorites, and new tales all combine in this one-of-a-kind story collection, available exclusively from Book View Press.
Book View Cafe's members include international best-selling authors and winners of the National Book Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and many others. Most have sold multiple novels to major publishers. Many have taught writing at workshops around the world. The knowledge of these professional authors is gathered into a volume that will help both new and experienced writers cope with the creative challenges and the nuts-and-bolts business issues of a career in writing fiction.
Time travel is a dream long held by human beings. Who hasn't had fond thoughts about showing Nicola Tesla their personal Tesla coil or taking him for a drive in an electric car that bears his name? The devil is in the details of the technology, which is what ties together this collection of short fiction. The stories in this collection appeared in Analog science fiction magazine between 1990 and 2000.
In the twenty-fifth year of the reign of Cyne Colfre, a fifteen year-old girl named Mereddyd-a-Lagan sought to wield powers reserved, until now, for men. Would she attain the station of Osraed…or die a heretic like the one who went before her?
"Intriguing story but badly read"
Some call her Taminy-Osmaer - Divinely Glorious. Some call her Taminy-Wicke and ward against her. Which of these is the petite 17-year-old who has fled with her followers to the high crags of the Gyldan-Baenn? This is the question that tears Caraid-land apart, splitting families, pitting the noble Houses against each other and throwing the religious order into chaos. Daimhin Feich - the man who would be king - knows only this: Taminy-a-Cuinn, whether angel or demon, has something he must have if he is to redeem his own fortunes and that of his House.
They said Meredydd-a-Lagan was a fluke—a rebellious girl who went to the Meri’s Sea in defiance of tradition. She was no fluke. She trod the path of Taminy-a-Cuinn, the girl who sought the Meri one hundred years before. Taminy was said to have drowned, but she did not. She became what she sought; the Meri—the Being who stands between God and Man. Now, she’s human again and back from the Sea with a purpose: To save Caraid-land… from its own king.
Shadow Conspiracy II revisits the shared Victorian world of transferable souls and intelligent machines. Judith Tarr’s irrepressible Emma Rigby prances through a new adventure with automata. Nancy Jane Moore brings us more missions for the mysterious warrior woman, Jane Freemantle. We have new characters to play with, too. Chris Dolley brings to life a wonderful parody reminiscent of P.G. Wodehouse. Then there are the historical characters who keep popping into our works of fiction.
I grew up with tales of Old World magic. Fairy tales, ghost stories, legends of great Slavic heroes like Kralyevich Marko and his marvelous horse, Sharats. Living in the USA, I wondered where the magic went and if maybe just a little of it might have crossed the ocean from the Motherland. A Princess of Passyunk is my answer.... Okay, so my hero doesn't ride a magical horse - but he has a magic baseball. And he's not a prince...exactly - but he does fall in love with a Princess...sort of.
Laldasa is Sanskrit for “beloved slave” and it's a fitting title for a story of class boundaries, racial prejudices, and the one power capable of overcoming them. It's the story of one small woman battling a political machinery over which she has no control, and one supposedly powerful man who realizes that he is as much a pawn of the machinery as the casteless woman he befriends.
Visit a future San Francisco in which Golden Gate Park and the Presidio are thriving farms, luxury hotels are the palaces of neighborhood kings and book shops are treasuries of wisdom. This is the world of Taco Del, Merlin to His Majesty, King of Embarcadero. In this world, the young wizard must unravel a great mystery to save his besieged kingdom. King Elvis wants to steal its secrets, mysterious outsiders want to expel its citizens, an ancient and sinister Force threatens spiritual domination.