“Combines humor and compassion in 17 short, intricate gems.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Loch Ness’s claims pale beside the super-exciting discovery made by Emma . . Expert mystification, the tender conscience and burning courage of the young, tantalising details, make this a compelling tall story.”
Seduction. Poetry. “Smash!” & more.
Reading like its 1971 Wed 16 Apr 2014
I turned one in 1971 and while I like to think I was enjoying some pretty great books (who can tell, they’ve all been eaten by me, my siblings, and time) I know of one good book that came out that year that I didn’t read: Peter Dickinson’s Emma Tupper’s Diary. I don’t think I […]
LCRW low stock updates Fri 28 Mar 2014
While doing some counting and sorting (and preparing for the next issue, #30!), we found we’re running short of a couple of back issues of LCRW. So! We just switched numbers 15 & 16 to out of stock and this is the official notice that issues nineteen* and twenty-two will be next. The good news: […]
The Unreal and the Real wins the Oregon Book Award! Tue 18 Mar 2014
Lovely news from Ben Parzybok on twitter from Oregon last night. Among the winners (congrats to all!) of the Oregon Book Award, was Ursula K. Le Guin, whose two-volume Selected Stories received the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction. Even better, Luis Alberto Urrea (who posted the accompanying photo yesterday) was the the master of ceremonies […]
Light fuse and get away!
March 11, 2014 · paper · 9781618730756 · $16.00 | ebook · 9781618730763 · $9.95
Good intentions aren’t everything. Sometimes things don’t quite go the way you planned. And sometimes you don’t plan. . . . This collection of sixteen stories (and one lonely poem) wittily chart the ways trouble can ensue. No actual human beings were harmed in the creation of this book.
Stories from Eileen Gunn are always a cause for celebration. Where will she lead us? “Up the Fire Road” to a slightly alternate world. Four stories into steampunk’s heart. Into the golem’s heart. Yet never where we might expect.
May 22 – 25, WisCon, Madison, WI
June 18, 7 pm, KGB Bar, New York, NY
July 10 – 13, Readercon, Burlington, MA
Reviews for Questionable Practices
“It’s always good news to get a new Gunn collection, and it’s always bad news that they come so infrequently.”
“Nebula-winner Gunn combines humor and compassion in 17 short, intricate gems that showcase her many talents. Of particular note among these outstanding works are the poem “To the Moon Alice,” in which a bombastic threat provides escape from comedic domestic violence, and “Michael Swanwick and Samuel R. Delany at the Joyce Kilmer Service Area, March 2005,” an affectionate fable-like tribute to two legendary authors. “Up the Fire Road” provides dueling accounts of triadic romance and problematic parentage. “Phantom Pain” is a kaleidoscopic examination of a wounded soldier’s life. Though Gunn first saw print in the 1970s, this short collection contains a surprisingly large portion of her stories; her rate of publication has recently been increasing, giving fans reason to hope for many more delights to come.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The overwhelming mood is darkly comic science fiction—like a strange blend of Terry Gilliam and Margo Lanagan. Teen fans of either or both of those geniuses would do well to turn to Gunn for a similarly unique ride. Her prose is vividly off-kilter, her plots memorable and usually hilarious, and her characters recognizable even when they are tropes. And even though nothing is quite what it seems in these stories, the author’s firm grip on dream logic makes everything feel meaningful, even when it doesn’t quite make sense.”
—School Library Journal, Adult Books for Teens
Table of Contents
Up the Fire Road
Chop Wood, Carry Water
No Place to Raise Kids
The Trains that Climb the Winter Tree
To the Moon Alice
Hive Mind Man
Shed That Guilt!
The Steampunk Quartet:
A Different Engine
Day After the Cooters
The Perdido Street Project
The Armies of Elfland
Michael Swanwick and Samuel R. Delany at the Joyce Kilmer Service Area, March 2005
i09 interview by Annalee Newitz · “Ain’t I a Woman?” Eileen Gunn in conversation with Nisi Shawl · Lightspeed, Eileen Gunn interviewed by Andrew Liptak · Friends of Seattle Public Library blog, interview by Susan Forhan · Festivale Online, interview by Ali Kayn
Reviews for Eileen Gunn’s stories
“Without Eileen Gunn, life as we know it would be so dull we wouldn’t recognize it. Among the five or six North Americans currently able to write short stories, she has not written anywhere near enough.”
—Ursula K. Le Guin
“From the first sentence of an Eileen Gunn story, you know you’re in the hands of a master. She brings you good, knotty characters every time, and sends them on trajectories you can’t help but care about. She roams the world and lets you appreciate its depth, variety and complications. She does humour and seriousness with equal aplomb; she can write to any length and know exactly what’ll fit. Above all she’s a sharp and a deep thinker; it’s a privilege to watch her mind at work. Read these stories and there’s no question you’ll feel like a smarter, more attentive human being.”
“Reading this book is like getting to wear the eyeballs of a madwoman in your own sockets for a day. Nothing’s going to look the same.”
“Eileen Gunn can’t make herself write enough fiction. Encourage her by reading this right away.”
“Fresh, unusual perspectives on ordinary life.”
“Corporate satire and Kafkaesque metamorphoses gleefully collide.”—Seattle Times
“Gunn’s stories are like perfect little bullets, or maybe firecrackers. When you read Gunn, you remember that short fiction can be spare, beautiful, and deadly.”
Cover and interior design by John D. Berry.
Cover illustration © Fu Wenchao/Xinhua Press/Corbis
About the Author
Eileen Gunn is a writer and editor. Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the United States and the Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy awards, and short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. award. She was the editor/publisher of the edgy and influential Infinite Matrix webzine (2001-2008). She also edited, with L. Timmel Duchamp, The WisCon Chronicles 2: Provocative essays on feminism, race, revolution, and the future. Originally from the Boston area, she has lived in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, and now makes her home in Seattle, with her husband, typographer and book designer John D. Berry. She has an extensive background in technology advertising, and was Director of Advertising and Sales Promotion at Microsoft in the mid-1980s; her stories sometimes draw on her understanding of the Byzantine dynamics of the corporate workplace. Gunn recently retired from the board of directors of the Clarion West Writers Workshop after twenty-two years of service, and is presently at work on a novel.
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“DeNiro has already garnered a reputation as a genre-bending experimental author with an indescribably quirky but captivating prose style.”—Carl Hays, Booklist
“The most startling, original, and entertaining short story writer in science fiction today.”
—George R. R. Martin
“The beautifully evoked sense of lives lived under the eye, not only of prying neighbors, but of God, with all the terror and possibility that entailed.”—Publishers Weekly
Published in saddle-stitched and ebook editions.
“I think Peter Dickinson is hands down the best stylist as a writer and the most interesting storyteller in my genre.”
—Sara Paretsky, author of
“Raymond Carver territory, beautifully written and right on target for today.”
—Maureen F. McHugh (After the Apocalypse)
“Mr. Dickinson has a nice dry wit and a talent for deft characterization.”
—New York Times
“Samatar’s sensual descriptions create a rich, strange landscape, allowing a lavish adventure to unfold that is haunting and unforgettable.”
—Library Journal (*starred review*)
” I found it delightful. Thought-provoking. Impressive. Brilliant.”
—Liz Bourke, Tor.com
“There is no better spirit in all of American letters than that of Ursula Le Guin.”
“Her stories will pass into legend, to touch many generations to come.”
“Each phrase and each sentence carefully shaped and laid in place to create the singular diadem that is a Hand story.”
—Romantic Times Book Review
“These six new stories are provocative in both variety and ideas. . . . and with Dickinson’s usual command of imaginative imagery and beautifully tooled language, this is a fitting capstone to the series.”—Horn Book
The Shimmers in the Night is the second thrilling novel in the Dissenters series following The Fires Beneath the Sea.
“Johnson’s long-awaited first collection is full of thought-provoking and often emotionally wrenching stories that traverse the spectrum of speculative fiction.”—Publishers Weekly, Best Books of 2012
Now available in paperback. Gaylactic Spectrum Award winner. Longlisted for the IMPAC Award.
Includes a sneak preview of the second book in the Dissenters series, The Shimmers in the Night.
“Kress’s depiction of science is much like her characters’ experiences with love: by turns glorious and terrible, and always a little disturbing, even in triumph.”
The first complete collection of Joan Aiken’s beloved Armitage stories including four new, unpublished stories.
The Serial Garden was also the debut title for Big Mouth House our imprint for readers of all ages.
Published in limited signed and numbered hardcover and perfectbound trade paperback editions.
“Langorous, edgy, sumptuously beautiful by turns.”
—Debra Castillo, Cornell University
“A damn good read. It’s a smart actioner that will entertain you while also enticing you to think about matters beyond the physical realm.”
—Annalee Newitz, io9
Available in two spiralbound or PDF ebook editions. Standard Edition, 134 pages: — order the print edition ($13.95) — ebook: Weightless ($3.99) / Lulu ($3.99) Almanac Edition which includes all the prompts, exercises, reading lists, and articles from the two previous editions, 182 pages: — order the print edition ($15.95) — ebook Weightless ($4.99) / […]
“Adroit, sympathetic, both clever and smart, The Freedom Maze will entrap young readers and deliver them, at the story’s end, that little bit older and wiser.”
—Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Out of Oz