Kelly Link , Editor - published August 2003
Greer Gilman’s novella “A Crowd of Bone” won the World Fantasy Award.
- Trampoline and Alex Irvine’s “Gus Dreams of Biting the Mailman” were nominated for World Fantasy Awards.
- Susan Mosser’s “Bumpship” was reprinted in The Year’s Best SF.
- Christopher Barzak’s Dead Boy Found” was reprinted in The Best New Horror.
- Karen Joy Fowler’s “King Rat” and Richard Butner’s “Ash City Stomp” were reprinted inThe Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror.
- Greer Gilman’s A Crowd of Bone
- Maureen McHugh’s Eight-Legged Story
- Rosalind Palermo Stevenson’s Insect Dreams
- Christopher Rowe’s The Force Acting on a Displaced Object
- Richard Butner’s Ash City Stomp
- “No unblinkered, gloveless reader can resist the stream of associations unleashed by Ford’s story and the rest of Trampoline: influences as disparate as science fiction, magic realism, pulp, and Twilight Zone morality plays.”
— Village Voice
- “In short, Trampoline is yet another unique source of powerful, exciting, new approaches to fantasy and interstitial fiction. It is flexible enough and fresh enough that I hope it proves to be the beginning of a series. It occupies its own rather beautifully fragile place in the fantastical fiction milieu.”
— Jeff VanderMeer, Locus Online
- “The editor should be commended, not only for an intriguing compilation…but that she manages to stay out of the way of it. The only thing that intrudes here is her taste in the story selection and ordering. There’s no tiresome manifesto here, no chest-beating about movements or genres or rants against publishing mediocrity and how some merry band of rogues is going to revolutionize anything. She understands that the role of editor is to let the work speak for itself.”
— SF Site
- Washington Post
Trampoline, an anthology of mostly original fiction. Perhaps the first of an occasional series, perhaps the one and only of its kind. We’ll see.
20 stories ~ 140,000 words ~ 10 men ~ 10 women
Does not contain a manifesto.
Cover painting by Shelley Jackson.
Trampoline: an elastic mattress-like contrivance on which acrobats, gymnasts, &c. leap.
Trampoline: twenty astounding stories by Christopher Barzak, Richard Butner, Alan DeNiro, Carol Emshwiller, Jeffrey Ford, Karen Joy Fowler, Greer Gilman, John Gonzalez, Glen Hirshberg, Samantha Hunt, Alex Irvine, Shelley Jackson, Beth Adele Long, Maureen McHugh, Susan Mosser, Ed Park, Christopher Rowe, Dave Shaw, Vandana Singh, and Rosalind Palermo Stevenson.
For a mere $17 you and your friends around the world can read the finest fiction we’ve been able to find collected in one solid, easy to throw across the room, bouncy package.
Story selections have appeared (and maybe disappear) online. A roundtable interview is now bouncing across hypertext. All over the country home insurance companies will inquire, “Do you have a Trampoline?”
Table of Contents
Ed Park, Well-Moistened with Cheap Wine, the Sailor and the Wayfarer Sing of Their Absent Sweethearts
Shelley Jackson, Angel
John Gonzalez, Impala
Samantha Hunt, Famous Men (Three Stories)
Alex Irvine, Gus Dreams of Biting the Mail Man
Alan DeNiro, Fuming Woman
Dave Shaw, King of Spain
Susan Mosser, Bump Ship
Vandana Singh, The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet
Glen Hirshberg, Shipwreck Beach
Jeffrey Ford, The Yellow Chamber
Beth Adele Long, Destroyer
Carol Emshwiller, Gods and Three Wishes
Christopher Barzak, Dead Boy Found
Karen Joy Fowler, King Rat
From the first line theory of reading:
T he little creek behind my trailer in Kentucky is called Frankum Branch.
R amnath Mishra’s life changed forever one morning,
A ll this started when my father told my mother she was a waste.
M argaret, do you see the leaves?
P ristine silence was the law in the gleaming white halls of The Center for the Reification of Actual Probability.
O ne day when I was in the first grade Scott Arnold told me he was going to wash my face with snow on my way home from school.
L ately, Walter has been hard to live with.
I t’s the start of a brand new life, Johnny.”
N b. No story begins with the letter N. Is that odd? Should we be worried?
E xclusion Rights for minors?
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