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IMPOSSIBLE FUTURES

Judith K. Dial and Thomas A. Easton, eds. (also editors of Visions of Tomorrow, Skyhorse, 2010)

Remember the science and technology you thought we'd have by 2010? Personal jet packs, trans-dimensional travel, workable FTL travel, living clothing, etc. Not just the stuff in Popular Mechanics and Popular Science magazines, but the ideas that made the old science fiction so much fun. Some of those ideas came to be--e.g., communicators (as cell phones) and instant visual communication (as the Internet)-- but many have not. And those old ideas have definite appeal--just think of the flood of steampunk material on the market today!

We propose Impossible Futures as an anthology that just may prove to be the poststeampunk manifesto. Original stories approaching old science-fictional notions such as dimensional travel and force fields with a modern sensibility. They may be impossible, but they're still fun! And what modern writers can do with them is truly remarkable.

Table of Contents:

  • Locomotive Joe and the Wreck of Space Train No.4  by Allen M. Steele
  • A Singular Love by Rev DiCerto
  • Private Shrines by Sarah Smith and Justus Perry
  • Searching for Oz by Jack McDevitt
  • Common Ground by Shariann Lewitt
  • City of Beauty, City of Scars by Paul Di Filippo
  • A Moment of Gravity, Circumscribed by Fran Wilde
  • Tour de Force by Edward M. Lerner
  • The Chatter of the Beams by Jeff Hecht
  • According to the Rule by Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald
  • Against Powers, Against Principalities by Duncan Eagleson
  • The Enhancement by Mike Resnick
  • The Amazing Transparent Man by James Morrow

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Painter, sculptor, author, and digital artist, Duncan Eagleson’s art and illustration has been featured in magazines, on book covers and posters for films like Nightmare on Elm StreetBlademaster, and theatrical billboards for the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Lamb's Theatre, and internationally renowned magician Jeff McBride. The Who, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Def Leppard, and many other rock groups have used his designs on their tour T-Shirts. His paintings and cover designs graced science fiction and horror paperbacks by authors like Fred Saberhagen, Graham Masterton, Les Daniels, and Robert E. Howard.

Eagleson will be best known to comics fans for his work on Neil Gaiman's Sandman, and his popular graphic novel adaptation of Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour, DC/Vertigo's Shade the Changing Man, and the Paradox Press "Big Books" series. His online graphic novel ArcMage was acclaimed as a breakthrough in webcomics, one of the first to put the HTML format to creative use, and his RailWalker series has been a hit on the web.

Eagleson’s award winning leather sculpture and masks are known throughout the world, and frequently appear in his collages and digital compositions. His masks and sculptures can be seen at maskmaker.com.

ABOUT THE EDITORS:

Judith K. Dial was born in Hollywood, CA, a circumstance she’s never quite overcome. For many years she was a bookseller and book store owner, specializing in science fiction and accumulating far too many books. She is a former dude ranch waitress, electronic assemblist and technical writer. She lives in New England.

Tom Easton was the book columnist for Analog for 30 years. He holds a doctorate in theoretical biology from the University of Chicago and teaches at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine.

His latest nonfiction books are Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Energy and Society, 2nd ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2012), Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Science, Technology, and Society (McGraw-Hill, 11th ed., 2014), Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Environmental Issues (McGraw-Hill, 14th ed. Rev., 2013), and Classic Editions Sources: Environmental Studies (McGraw-Hill, 4th., 2012). His latest novels are Firefight (Betancourt, 2003) and The Great Flying Saucer Conspiracy (Wildside, 2002) (both available as e-books from Naked Reader Press).

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER:

Pink Narcissus is a small press publisher of speculative fiction, with an emphasis on feminist and LGBTQ fiction, founded in 2010 and located in Auburn, Massachusetts. To learn more about us, our mission and our publications, please come visit us on our website, or you can find us on Facebook, Tumblr, or Pinterest.

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This project is near completion: the stories have been written, edited, review copies sent out and the final manuscript proofread. All that remains is that everyone involved in the project gets paid for their work and the costs of the printing are covered.

For the past three years, the costs of running Pink Narcissus have come out of the publisher's pocket. Since then, the publisher has had some financial difficulties due to a long stint of unemployment. All funds raised will be crucial in keeping the press running. We truly appreciate your support!

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