Fantastic Stories of the Imaginationby Warren Lapine (Editor), Shariann Lewitt, Kelly McCullough
Fantastic Stories of the Imagination was newly revived by Hugo and World Fantasy Award nominated editor Warren Lapine as a webzine in 2014. Fantastic Stories brings you the very best in science fiction and fantasy with a blend of original fiction, reprints, and criticism of the field. Each month a new issue is posted free on the web for all to read at www.fantasticstoriesoftheimagination.com back issues may also be purchased either as e-books or print editions. Collected here are all of the original stories that ran in 2014.
"New Beaches" by Daniel Hatch: Power, corruption, and danger rise with the tides.
"Invisible Friends" by Steven Sawicki: He's just an all American boy with a dog that loves to drive his car, some talking monkeys, and a few damned aliens.
"Invisible Friends Too (Or, I Have No Bananas and Ice Must Cream): by Steven Sawiki: Monkeys, aliens, and Elvis . . . oh my.
"Rope Burns" by Kelly McCullough: He had a secret to keep, but then don't we all?
"Night of Apophis" by Brenda Kalt: Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.
"Chocolateland" by Shariann Lewitt : When they wanted to eat, to really enjoy a good pig out, they could go to Chocolateland
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Meet the Author
Warren Lapine was formerly the publisher of DNA Publications (Absolute Magnitude, Weird Tales, Dreams of Decadence, Fantastic Stories, Science Fiction Chronicle, The Whole Cat Journal, and KISS Quarterly (a joint venture with KISS Ltd, which made him business partners with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley), and others. He has been nominated for a Chesley Award, a Hugo Award, and a World Fantasy Award. He was briefly the publisher of the top print fantasy magazine Realms of Fantasy and Fantastic Books. He is now the publisher of Wilder Publications. Wilder Publications’ books cover the entire publishing spectrum. They currently have more than 1,800 books in print.
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I haven't had the greatest appettite for short fiction, but a friend recommended this collection, and I'm really grateful for it. I've seriously enjoyed this entire collection. There hasn't been a simgle story that I've felt any dissapointment with. They're all creative, in either basic premise or in the perspective on a familiar premise and the way theymake the characters available to the reader and extremely interesting. Even those pieces which are in a genre or perspective I don't normally enjoy were interesting and fun to read. And there are a few pieces here that I'll definitely be coming back to read again. All in all a really strong collection, full of solid storytelling and vibrant character work that makes the stories breathe and live. I strongly recommend this collection to anyone with an interest in fiction of any and all kinds.
This fine anthology has much to recommend. Warren Lapine has chosen the selections with care and good taste, assembling a gathering of literary delights to please fans of good stories, well told. A particular standout is "The Digital Eidolon That Fits in Your Pocket" by Trent Zelazny, about a grieving widower presented with an opportunity which wreaks havoc upon his heart and mind. It's an instant classic, provocative and heart-wrenching.
This anthology runs the gamut of speculative fiction, and lovers of good short stories will be captivated. I liked all the stories in this anthology, but there were a few that I particularly enjoyed. Harlan Ellison’s “A Tiny Man” is a brain twister of a tale that will take the average reader a few readings to fully grasp its meaning, and even then there are TWO endings. Classic Ellison. “Steaming Into Wonderland” by Douglas Cohen is a steampunk tale that delivers an interesting take on “Alice In Wonderland” and is one of my favorite stories in the book. Though Cohen includes some current pop culture references, there are times when the tone of the story is very much in the tradition of Lewis Carrol. Another great read. Edward J. McFadden’s “Starwisps” is another steampunk tale that reads like high fantasy, but is much more. Starwisps that give magic to a small percentage of the population is the underlying fantasy ingredient, but the steampunk elements are clever and original. McFadden writes with ease, and the story is refreshing and new. I hope McFadden writes more stories in the Starwisp universe. Shariann Lewitt is a veteran SF writer whose chops are on full display in “Haircut.” This story is so well written that I really connected with the main character, and the choice she needed to make. Technology, and how far humans should take it, is the thrust of this tale. This is perhaps the best story in the book, though Starwisps and Steaming Into Wonderland are close seconds. I also enjoyed the stories by Jay O’Connell, Mike Resnick, and Kelly McCullough.