In the Company of Thieves

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Do you want a jewel worn by Cleopatra, an original Shakespeare folio, or the combined genes of Socrates and Marilyn Monroe? Dr. Zeus can make your dreams come true.

The Company, a powerful corporate entity in the twenty-fourth century, has discovered a nearly foolproof recipe for success: immortal employees and time travel. It specializes in retrieving extraordinary treasures out of the past, gathered by cybernetically enhanced workers who ...

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Overview


Do you want a jewel worn by Cleopatra, an original Shakespeare folio, or the combined genes of Socrates and Marilyn Monroe? Dr. Zeus can make your dreams come true.

The Company, a powerful corporate entity in the twenty-fourth century, has discovered a nearly foolproof recipe for success: immortal employees and time travel. It specializes in retrieving extraordinary treasures out of the past, gathered by cybernetically enhanced workers who pass as ordinary people. Or at least they try to pass....

One rule at Dr. Zeus Incorporated must not be broken: Recorded history cannot be changed. But avoiding the attention of mortals while stealing from them? It’s definitely not in the Company manual.

History awaits, although not quite the one you remember.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Once you read [Baker], you’ll understand what all the fuss is about.…So many of these stories were only previously available in special edition printings, or other collections that are out of print, so this new volume from Tachyon Publications is an excellent (and affordable!) way to get your Baker fix.”
The Little Red Reviewer

“Kage Baker’s short fiction is a major part of what makes her such a great author….In the Company of Thieves is an excellent collection.”
Tor.com

“It’s a bittersweet experience, reading posthumous publications of a favorite author written by someone else, and it always leaves me feeling both desperately grateful and bereft. Still, this collection brings Kage Baker’s lyrical style, dark humor, and lovely prose. I adore how her characters come to fully fledged life, no matter what style she uses, and how they stick around, long after I put the book away.”
The Canary

“ This collection…for fans of Baker, old and new…it’s good science fiction (with elements of steampunk) for any reader.”
Lit/Rant

“I’m not reviewing all the stories here – I need to leave something for you to go and discover yourselves. Take my word for it – they’re good. They’re all different. The writing is ace. There’s humour. There’s sadness. There’s steampunk gadgets and, did I mention, the giant chickens. Go and read them for yourself.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616961299
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications
  • Publication date: 11/15/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 535,956
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Kage Baker is the author of The Company novels, her series of immortal, time-traveling cyborgs, including In the Garden of Iden, Mendoza in Hollywood, and The Sons of Heaven. Baker received the Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon awards. She was passionately involved in the theater as an actor, director, playwright, and teacher of Elizabethan English as a second language, which she often used for research in her novels.
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  • Posted January 30, 2014

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    First, I would like to mention that this book is a compilation

    First, I would like to mention that this book is a compilation of short stories. It was compiled by Kage Baker’s sister after the author’s passing. This is probably the reason why this collection seems to be a little hit and miss as far as quality and coherence of theme are concerned. In my personal opinion there are perhaps one or two really good works in this book. Everything else is just alright. The synopsis refers to the two stories that are at the end of the book which deal with Kage Baker’s series of stories about the Immortals and such. But the majority of the book is not about them at all and rather just seems to hang together and deal with various other fantasy stories and one or two that border on Steampunk. I would definitely say that “Mother Aegypt” and “The Unfortuante Gytt” are the best of these stories. Both having been printed elsewhere previously. But I’m certainly not saying as a whole the book is bad. Certainly not, just not that great. I enjoyed some of my time with this collection but as a whole I found myself hoping the next story would be better than the last. Which was usually not the case.

    I haven’t had the opportunity to read anything else Kage Baker has written and certainly her historical science fiction series seems interesting while the two stories here seemed a bit meandering for my taste. Perhaps a full length novel would be better as I did like the idea of a world that she presents and the mechanics there in.

    I would certainly suggest this to anyone who is a fan of Kage Baker or perhaps trying this out as an introduction to her work as it was mine. There is certainly a wide variety of story types to choose from in this five story short fiction compilation.

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