Alex Irvine - published July 2002
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No.3 in the Small Beer Press chapbook series, Rossetti Song, is by up-and-coming writer Alex Irvine. Alex has recently had stories in Scifiction, F&SF, Strange Horizons, Electric Velocipede, LCRW, and many other wonderful places. Rossetti Song contains four stories: two were previously published in F&SF, “The Sea Wind Offers Little Relief” was original to Starlight 3, and “The Sands of Iwo Jima” is new for this collection. Designed by Thom Davidsohn.
Rossetti Song – read it now
The Sands of Iwo Jima
The Sea Wind Offers Little Relief
- “The Sands of Iwo Jima” received an Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror
- F&SF review
- Locus Online review
- Tangent Online review
Who is Alex Irvine?
He’s the winner of the Crawford and Locus Awards. Here’s hiswebsite. He had a story in LCRW No.8*, and was a John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award finalist (website), which, handily, lists many of his publications.
Here’s another picture.
Read a review on Locus Online
And look what’s being said about his first novel, A Scattering of Jades:
“The characterization is nearly as accomplished as the historiography, and the two together make the book an exceedingly solid achievement, with a great deal of promise for the author’s future.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Smartly written, uncliched…. [A]n intelligent and strongly written debut historical-fantasy by a descendant of P. T. Barnum’s. Excellently researched, this fantasia about New York City, Kentucky, and the Midwest in the 1840s mixes US history and Aztec mythology.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Irvine’s prose is rich and evocative, his plot tightly structured and beautifully paced. The denouement, when it arrives, offers no easy answers; each of the principals leaves the scene damaged. Most impressive is Irvine’s interweaving of two seemingly unrelated histories and myth structures without straining the credibility of either.”
— Washington Post Book World
* This is what we said about him then:
Alex Irvine is far too sporty to stay indoors and write, and yet he does. Look at that author photo. He has a story in the anthology Starlight 3, and probably has one in the next F&SF. His novel, A Scattering of Jades, will be published by Tor in 2002. In 2001 he was one of the writers on the A.I. webgame and has co-written a novelization (A.I.:The Death of Evan Chan) with Sean Stewart.
Author pic (with friend) by Beth Gwinn.