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August 20, 2013

Impossible Futures
Posted by Jim Macdonald at 02:00 AM *

Impossible Futures
Edited by Judith K. Dial and Thomas Easton
Pink Narcissus Press
ISBN-13: 9781939056023

Do you like science fiction? Are you a fan of small presses? Then please consider backing our very first Kickstarter project, Impossible Futures, edited by Judith K. Dial & Tom Easton.

An astonishing amount of the science and technology in vintage science fiction has come to pass. But an awful lot has not. Where’s your anti-gravity car? Your food replicator? Your very own personal robot assistant?

But those old, never-happened ideas are still fun. For a fresh take on those old ideas, try Impossible Futures!

We have a great mix of all original stories by new writers as well as by several Nebula and Hugo Award winning authors.

Library Journal
From Mike Resnick’s tongue-in-cheek homage to H.G. Wells’s The Island of Doctor Moreau (“The Enhancement”) to Allen M. Steele’s elegy to the “bygone” era of space trains (“Locomotive Joe and the Wreck of Space Train No. 4”), the 13 stories in this imaginative collection are inspired by predicted SF futures that never came to pass.
VERDICT This themed anthology will make a good addition to the collections of short story lovers and fans of classic SF.

Alas, Library Journal did not see fit to mention our (Doyle’s and my) own “According to the Rule,” AKA Monks in Spaaaaace! (inspired by a panel at last year’s Farthing Party).

There will be an Impossible Futures Reading at WorldCon, Saturday, 9:00-10:00 pm, with Fran Wilde and Jack McDevitt.

What can I say? Buy one. Better still, buy a dozen. They make excellent gifts.

Table of Contents:

Locomotive Joe and the Wreck of Space Train No. 4
Allen Steele
Singular Love
Rev DiCerto
Private Shrines
Sharah Smith & Justus Perry
Searching for Oz
Jack McDevitt
Common Ground
Shariann Lewitt
City of Beauty, City of Scars
Paul Di Filippo
A Moment of Gravity, Circumscribed
Fran Wilde
Tour De Force
Edward M. Lerner
A Chatter of the Beams
Jeff Hecht
According to the Rule
Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald
Against Powers, Against Principalities
Duncan Eagleson
The Enhancement
Mike Resnick
The Amazing Transparent Man
James Morrow
Comments on Impossible Futures:
#1 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2013, 08:39 AM:

Wot, no "Monkees in Space"?

#2 ::: Serge Broom ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2013, 09:25 AM:

I *must* have this.

#3 ::: dcb ::: (view all by) ::: August 21, 2013, 04:15 AM:

I looked at the Kickstarter for this, and I'd have liked to support it, but I'd also like a paper copy and the $20 surcharge on a $20 pledge, for shipping outside the USA made it a LOT less attractive..

I get stuff through abe all the time and it just doesn't cost that much to ship a paperback, even now they've removed the special low rate for books.

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