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About K.G. Anderson
K.G. Anderson writes short-form speculative fiction focusing on families, secrets, and transformations. A graduate of the Viable Paradise writers workshop and Taos Toolbox, she's worked as a journalist, a book reviewer, and a writer/editor with Apple's iTunes Music Store.
Her short fiction appears in the anthologies Second Contacts, Triangulation: Beneath the Surface, The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories, Triangulation: Appetites, Welcome to Dystopia, Reading 5 x 5, Space Opera Libretti, Pioneers and Pathfinders, Two Hour Transport 2019, Terra! Tara! Terror!, and Infinite Lives; and in magazines such as Galaxy's Edge, Weirdbook, Allegory, The Colored Lens, and Space and Time.
She's a proud member of the B Cubed Press writers group with stories in Alternative Truths, More Alternative Truths, After the Orange, Alternative Truths: Endgame, and Alternative Deathiness, The Protest Diaries, and Post Roe Alternatives: Fighting Back.
You can find her work online at Metaphorosis, The Drabble, Every Day Fiction, Factor Four Magazine, and Luna Station Quarterly; and on podcasts such as Far Fetched Fables, Luna Station Quarterly, and The Overcast.
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Choice is the Soul of Liberty.
Choice is the Heart of our Democracy.
Choice is the bane of autocrats, of theocrats.
Forty-nine years ago, the Supreme Court recognized Choice as a fundamental liberty.
Autocrats and theocrats have been fighting back ever since. With the overturn of Roe v. Wade, they think they have won.
B Cubed Press, in celebration of forty-nine years of Choice, introduces forty-nine stories to show that Choice cannot be eradicated.
It emerges stronger.
People demand Choice, not just in reproductive rights, but in our lives.
So enjoy these forty-nine uplifting works from Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Jane Yolen,
Jim Wright, Adam-Troy Castro, Samantha Bryant, and more.
Fighting back against the theocratic and political hacks that form the conservative majority of the Supreme Court and have used their bench like a pulpit to force their views on America with the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
This book pokes the bear on this subject with stories of women and men doing the right thing and fighting back. Stories of running from Texas bounty hunters, painful descriptions of the consequences of no more health care clinics, to individual and group rebellion against unbelievable odds.
All of these stories inspired by SCOTUS in pursuit of their goal to appease a truculent religious minority and the politicians they vote for.
These are stories of fighting back, not just fading into oblivion. Of having the audacity to show courage.
When Kansas, in all its red conservative glory, rebuked this assault on Human Rights, I and many of us rejoiced. It exposed the effort to end reproductive rights, to force pregnancy on children, rape victims, and unwilling mothers as the objective of the few to dominate the many.
And we are many.
We are those who believe that the sanctity of our bodies is our own and not the playground of those who would make us extensions of their religious fervor.
We put this book together because it is up to all of us to speak out against oppression of any of us.
We are all victims, today or tomorrow, of the unfettered consequences of the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Failure to fight back on behalf of the women affected today, means no one will be there to fight back tomorrow.
So stand up, speak out, and fight back.
Because Women’s Rights are indeed… Human Rights.
Fighting in the streets, corruption at the highest levels, collapsing infrastructure, brutal police, a daily threat of nuclear war: few of us thought we’d find ourselves here, so far into the 21st century. What’s next? Are we really going to be “great again,” however that’s meant? And if we are, what does that mean for those of us on the receiving end of the less-than-great?
In this diverse and vigorous mix of stories by newcomers and luminaries, writers offer their takes on what life might hold for us in the next few years. The resulting visions of war, oppression, and daily struggle are sometimes humorous, sometimes terrifying (and occasionally both), but always thought-provoking.
Including stories by K. G. Anderson, Richard Bowes, Elizabeth Bourne, Scott Bradfield, J.S. Breukelaar, Jennifer Marie Brissett, Becca Caccavo, Don D’Ammassa, Stephanie Feldman, Eric James Fullilove, Ron Goulart, Eileen Gunn, Leslie Howle, Matthew Hughes, Janis Ian, Michael Kandel, Thomas Kaufsek, Paul La Farge, Yoon Ha Lee, Michael Libling, Heather Lindsley, Lisa Mason, Barry N. Malzberg, David Marusek, Mary Anne Mohanraj, James Morrow, Ruth Nestvold, Deji Bryce Olukotun, Marguerite Reed, Robert Reed, Madeleine E. Robins, Jay Russell, Geoff Ryman, James Sallis, J. M. Sidorova, Brian Francis Slattery, Harry Turtledove, Deepak Unnikrishnan, TS Vale, Leo Vladimirsky, Ray Vukcevich, Ted White, Paul Witcover, N. Lee Wood, and Jane Yolen.
For Death it is a promise.
We tend to like to avoid the concept of death, but it keeps finding us.
So we put together a book.
But what to call it.
We were sick of death coming in and taking friends and family, giving no regard for us except to leer from the darkness.
The answer came, in a callout to Steven Colbert: we opted for Deathiness.
Death didn’t like that.
I believe it was her fault (oh hell yes, death is a woman) that I found myself being carried out of the house with a couple of pulmonary embolisms and realizing that most people who were in my condition met the grim reaper.
So I resolved to change my life, be a nicer person, give up cheese products and…
Nah, I decided to invite the B Cubed family on board to talk about it and maybe have a laugh at Death’s expense.
So Death, be warned:
We’re Coming for You!
And we're doing it with these great stories:
In "The Bodies We Carry" K.G. Anderson , one of the great up and comers.
In "The Miracle Man" Jim Wright gives another chilling look into the world he created for the Best Selling Alternative Apocalypse.
In "Instructions for My Executors" Clare Marsh treats us with a poetic look at death and what the family should do.
In "Rule 49" (perhaps my favorite) has Maureen McGuirk looking at death as a real entity and shows us their many faces.
In "Spoons", Jay Wilburn dips into a well of thought and sensitivity as he makes death into a gentle journey that is not taken alone.
And "Gallows Humor?" Michael Mansaray takes a unique look at the inevitability of death that must be read to appreciate.
"For What is a Man" is David Foster's quest for an answer to the question with no real unswer.
"Mudpaws and the Tall Thing" Frances Rowat is a touching story reminiscent of the work Mike Resnick that sees the worlds end from the perspective of a lovely dog.
"A Comedian’s Valediction Forbidding Mourning" is the wonderful Larry Lefkowitz's reminder to laugh.
"The Thing Underneath" is a wee bit of horror by James Van Pelt.
"Have You Ever Been Experienced?" is an old theme made fresh by Paula Hammond, as she shows the power of being addicted to death.
"Death’s Scout" is Mark O. Decker thoughtful poem that I'll let you read rather than read about. It's that good.
"Papercut" by Larry Hinkle will make you throw this book out the window in disgust and horror, only to stop the car and retrieve the book to read it again.
"Death's Doorway" is Diana Hauer's incredible story of those who walk beside us through that final gate.
"Missing" by Robin Pond is that story that makes you want to read a hundred more just like it.
In "Final Questions," Chris Kuriata, adds to the duties of death to in this thoughtful look at unanswered questions of the dead.
"The Borrower", by Katie Sakanai speaks to the value of the human spirit across space and time.
"Three O’Clock" is Lamont Turner's nicely done story on making the best out of a bad situation.
"To Do Right", by Cory Swanson, shows us a better way to die. A good end to life is not to be underestimated.
"Old Forgotten Grave" by Bill Camp is a familiar but comfortable reminder that all of us will be forgotten.
"Ashes," by my dear friend Lizzy Shannon is a touching look at the end of life.
"The Devil’s Backbone," by Larry Hodges, brings his trademark humor to what happens when the Devil takes on the Good Humor man.
Maxim Jakubowski, together with Nathan Braund, edited the bestselling Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper (1999), which has reprinted several times and was reissued in 2008 in a revised and expanded edition.
The book focused on the countless theories that have been put forward with regard to the identity of the notorious Victorian serial killer and offered an extensive 100-page section presenting all the known facts in the case. It included 30 essays written by the most famous, often controversial Ripperologists putting forward their own theories. It remains one of the few titles to offer a series of alternative solutions to Jack the Ripper's identity and the truth behind the Whitechapel murders. But how many new theories and identities can researchers come up with?
In this wonderful collection of brand-new stories, Jakubowski has compiled an extraordinary array of explorations into the identity of Jack the Ripper - this time unabashedly fictional, unrestrained by history and the known facts.
Contributors include Carol Anne Davis, Martin Edwards, Peter Guttridge, Barbara Nadel;Alvaro Zinos-Amaro and Sally Spedding.
'Jack the Ripper' has appeared in a number of novels, as the lead character in some, beginning with Marie Belloc Lowndes's The Lodger (1913), filmed by Hitchcock. Authors as diverse as Michael Dibdin, Lindsay Faye, Philip Jose Farmer, Robert Bloch, Harlan Ellison, Alan Moore, Fredric Brown, Ramsey Campbell and Colin Wilson have all used poetic licence to 'revive' the notorious killer.
The varied stories in this fantastic new collection continue this tradition with many possible identities put forward, some already suggested by historians, others more speculative, including famous names from history and fiction. Even Sherlock Holmes is on the case!
Twelve stories of mysterious aliens, unusual pets, messages from the future, witchcraft, and much more. And what's more, they're all vegan friendly. These aren't stories about vegans, but stories that happen to be vegan.
No preaching, just interesting ideas, good stories, and great writing!
My Dog is the Constellation Canis Major - Jarod K. Anderson
Images Across a Shattered Sea - Stewart Baker
Rowboat - K. G. Anderson
Daughter of the Sea - George Nikolopoulos
Tides of Reflection - Mark Rookyard
Lift Up Your Cores, O Ye Ships - Tracy Canfield
Strix Antiqua - Hamilton Perez
May Dreams Shelter Us - Kate O'Connor
Spoiler: She Leaves Him - Jack Noble
Murder on the Adriana - James Ross
Closed Circuit - J. S. Arquin
Small Magics - Kelly Sandoval
Jim Wright (of Stonekettle Station) imagines Trump giving the Gettysburg Address. Blaze Ward, Daniel Kimmel, Janka Hobbs and I explore dystopias. Marleen Barr and Adam Troy-Castro envision humorous, kinky, and scatological endings. What can I say? It rocks.
In 2020, the world was tipped upside down and shaken in ways we could barely have imagined, except perhaps in the post-apocalyptic and dystopic worlds of story. Amidst pandemic illness and death, political machinations and despair, one of the casualties has been, at least in a financial sense, the Arts. Governments across the world have slashed funding, galleries, theatres and entertainment venues have closed amid lockdown restrictions, money is being carefully metered with jobs more uncertain than ever, meaning our creatives across all industries are suffering. And yet, more than ever, we are turning to art to stay sane in lockdown, to keep our spirits up in isolation, and to remind us that despite the hardship, there is beauty in this world.
This anthology seeks to remind readers of the hope and beauty of the Arts, and the way our engagement with writing, music, film, theatre, artworks in all media, and craft of all kinds are at the core of our humanity.
If the time since COVID began to dominate our global society has taught us anything, it is that connection is crucial to our wellbeing. These stories speak to hope, connection, community, and yes, ART, and how important these threads are to the very centre of ourselves.
Table of Contents
“Pieced together” by K G Anderson
“Birdsong” by Joanne Anderton
“The world has gone silent” by Joyce Chng
“The ocean, the lighthouse keeper and the sunset” by Lee Cope
“The library” by Helen Vivienne Fletcher
“The icecutter’s daughter” by Aiki Flinthart
“Neuro” by Ephiny Gale
“Everyday wonder” by Valerie Hunter
“A trail of blue paper flowers” by Nikoline Kaiser
“Spools of silk, shards of stone” by Karin Landelius
“Drawing blood” by Gerri Leen
“Greatheart” by Juliet Marillier
“That feeling when you ask me to dance” by Cara Mast
“Seeding trouble” by Kirstyn McDermott
“Among the faded woods” by Faith Mudge
“Exposure” by Jason Nahrung
“The light in the attic, the bones in the earth” by Spencer Nitkey
“The maiden, the statistician, and the architect” by Steve Quinn
“She is not in heaven” by Rivqa Rafael
“All dressed up for the death trade” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
“The mask makers” by Kristi Ross
“When silence speaks” by Spencer Sekulin
“Everything so slow and quiet” by Kaaron Warren
“The poet’s tale” by Suzanne J Willis
ISSUE 41: November 2019
Mike Resnick, Editor
Taylor Morris, Copyeditor
Shahid Mahmud, Publisher
Stories by: Nick DiChario, Eric S. Fomley, Nancy Kress, Kimberly Unger, Anthony George, Joe Haldeman, K.G. An-derson, George Nikolopoulos, Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta, Veronica Brush, Larry Hodges, Mercedes Lackey
Serialization: Midnight at the Well of Souls by Jack L. Chalker
Columns by: Robert J. Sawyer, Gregory Benford
Recommended Books: Richard Chwydyk
Interview: Joy Ward interviews Rebecca Moesta
Galaxy’s Edge is a bi-monthly magazine published by Phoenix Pick, the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Arc Manor, an award winning independent press based in Maryland. Each issue of the magazine has a mix of new and old stories, a serialization of a novel, columns by Robert J. Sawyer and Gregory Benford, book recommendations by Richard Chwydyk and an interview conducted by Joy Ward.
Third Flatiron Anthologies feature multiple winners of science fiction and fantasy reader polls and recommended reading lists.
"Infinite Lives: Short Tales of Longevity" is a new speculative fiction anthology with the themes of longevity, immortality, and technological life extension.
In "Infinite Lives," a man cursed with immortality finally finds joy when technology defeats death, an astronaut finds himself spaghettified by a black hole, a fairy queen returns to earth to bid goodbye to her dying human lover, the Grim Reaper finds an enthusiastic successor in a coffee shop barrista, a rebel subvert AIs who don't allow death, a rich oligarch tricks his way into the Garden of Eden for a taste of the Tree of Life, a conquistador and his war dog put their dip in the fountain of youth to good use, aliens convince a scientist to abandon her immortality drug and let evolution take its course, a wooden puppet rues the day he never became a real boy, a war criminal pays back the lives she took, a grandmother decides ageism has got to stop, and a Zoroastrian angel battles a demon through eternity, until a truce becomes love. These and many more stories entertain while exploring the pros and cons of longevity and how it is achieved.
"Infinite Lives" presents 28 original stories from an international group
of contributors. Writers include Brian Trent, Sloane Leong, Matt Thompson, J. B. Toner, Larry C. Kay, David F. Schultz, D. A. Campisi, Russell Dorn, Samson Stormcrow Hayes, Ingrid Garcia, Maureen Bowden, Brandon Butler, Caias Ward, Leah Miller, Megan Branning, Robert Walton, K. G. Anderson, Louis Evans, John Paul Davies, David Cleden, Tom Pappalardo, Philip John Schweitzer, Martin M. Clark, Wulf Moon, Mack Moyer, Konstantine Paradias, E. E. King, and Sarah Totton. Edited by Juliana Rew.
This exploration defines this anthology. So many of the stories ask what has America become? What will it be in the future? Will it devolve into a Russian style oligarchy, or will we rise to the challenge and use our hearts, our minds and our votes to return to a rational democracy, of, by, and for the people. No one knows for sure. But these top-tier talented authors from around the world, from Philip Brian Hall to Bruno Lombardi to Jane Yolen give us their visions.
You will find the witticisms of Jim Wright exploring Donald Trump as Moses after presentation of the Ten Commandments. The mental genius of Edd Vick and Manny Frishberg as they give us Trump, tweeting his way across the solar system. There is much to laugh about.
There are serious visions as well. Brad Cozzens’s brilliant poem “America Once Beautiful” reaches poignantly from today’s reality into some salvageable vision of tomorrow that borrows from yesterday’s values. The poets in this volume, be they Brad, Jane Yolen, Gwyndyn T. Alexander or C.A. Chesse, bring new meanings to words and leave you thoughtful.
If you want a fun romp, jump to “Wishcraft.com,” by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, as she explores how important it is that political hacks not annoy witches. Or, if you prefer, K.G. Anderson’s, “The Right Man for the Job,” in which a post-corporeal LBJ rides to the rescue.
There is something for everyone. Coping. How do we cope? This painful question is explored by three of our best and brightest. Jill Zeller, a woman who won’t write of Elves, has given us “A Woman Walks Into a Bar,” an affirmation of our own choices. Coping is also explored brilliantly by Karin L. Frank and Kerri Leigh Grady in their stories “HMO” and “Final Delivery.”
There are so many more great stories in this collection, I can truly recommend them all. If, however, you can only read one, then read “Small Courages,” and let it touch you, maybe bring tears of hope, as you see our world through the eyes of a child and find that we can survive. We will survive.