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Qualia Nous Kindle Edition
*Please note that due to contractual obligations, the eBook edition DOES NOT include Stephen King's "The Jaunt," which can be found in the trade paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07HRZP2CW
- Publisher : Written Backwards (September 27, 2018)
- Publication date : September 27, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2890 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 324 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #827,070 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I tell them that Michael Bailey seems only able to put together intriguing, thought-provoking, high-quality literary anthologies that hover just above genre descriptions. They walk away as impressed with the heavy-hitters listed on the TOC as they were by the cover art.
During my first read through, I was excited to see a story early on by Lori Michelle. I had purchased BLEED a few months ago and knew her to be a capable editor and effective writer (I also send healing thoughts to her family regularly since reading her story). "Shades of Naught" flattened me. She seemed to take an underdeveloped, wisp of a thought/fear that I had in the back of my head and develop it into a well thought out and fascinating story. Beautifully done.
Christian A. Larsen's "Cataldo's Copy" was another unsettling, off-kilter, and graphic work in the same vein as his "724" and LOSING TOUCH - both of which I have come to love. It's the type of quiet, creeping horror that he does masterfully. And, hopefully this won't ruin his reputation, but I found it to be one of the sweetest, most life-affirming stories that I've read in a while.
Then came "The Neighborhood Has a Barbecue" by Max Booth III...like Lori Michelle, I had come to know Max Booth III as a capable editor first with his SO IT GOES tribute to Kurt Vonnegut. Now I find him turning the human v. machine paradigm on its head and myself enjoying the building anticipation that led to an unpredictable ending.
When I last left off with Pat R. Steiner, he had me disturbed, saddened and horrified. In other words, I had read his "The Shoe Tree" in CHIRAL MAD. The same qualities popped up in his "Kilroy Wasn't There" but were encased in a very different style, showing off his versatility.
All of these writers (Michelle, Larsen, Booth, Steiner, Malik, Cataneo, Johnson, Shoebridge, Massie, Braunbeck, etc.) have introduced me to different aspects of their personalities, hearts and brains. It's been an amazing journey. My only complaint: I sorely missed a selection from the editor himself, Michael Bailey. His "Underwater Ferris Wheel" is among my favorite short stories of all time. I did, however, enjoy how well his binary-based intro set the book's stage, and how he cleverly tied the work together with an extremely fitting quote from Isaac Asimov. And now to end on a quote from another great writer and thinker:
Thanks for helping me approach infinity. I was, indeed,terrified.
Qualia is defined as “instances of subjective, conscious experience; the internal and subjective component of sense perceptions arising from the stimulation of the senses by phenomena; the way it feels to have mental states.”
Nous is defined as “intellections; awareness; perception; understanding; reason; thought; intuition; the faculty of the human mind; having the ability to understand what is true or real; practical intelligence.”
Put them together and you have a mix of the psychological side of science fiction and horror, the latest anthology produced by Michael Bailey of Written Backwards. Bailey has put together a collection of thirty-one stories that is not only a complete pleasure to read, but to savor every word. This wasn’t a book that I wanted to skim through quickly and throw on a shelf to collect dust.
The anthology starts with a short story entitled “The Jaunt” by Stephen King. Yes, THAT Stephen King. The story is about a family getting ready to go on their first interplanetary journey by teleportation. It’s a simple story, as most King stories are, but the twist at the end will send chills down your spine.
Several other people I’m familiar with are in the table of contents as well: Gene O’Neill, Max Booth III, William F. Nolan, Erin L. Kemper, Lucy A. Snyder and Gary A. Braunbeck. But Bailey’s introduced me to a good number of authors that I want to keep my eyes peeled for in other anthologies and other works and for that, I’m thankful.
What really stands out for me, as a writer, is the care and precision it feels that each author used when writing their stories. If you’ve ever questioned whether science fiction and horror can be literary — these stories are the answer to that.
Bailey’s instincts as to what constitutes a good story are spot on — each story in this volume is an absolute gem. One of these days, I hope to have a story in one of his anthologies.