Over the Darkened Landscape

Over the Darkened Landscape

by Derryl Murphy
     
 

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Derryl Murphy's second collection reprints over a dozen stories that span a wide range of his career, including his second-ever sale (and Aurora nominee) "Body Solar," as well as his last piece of short fiction, "Ancients of the Earth" from Tesseracts 12. Over the Darkened Landscape is a mix of fantasy and science fiction, and also includes his four published "Magic…  See more details below

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Derryl Murphy's second collection reprints over a dozen stories that span a wide range of his career, including his second-ever sale (and Aurora nominee) "Body Solar," as well as his last piece of short fiction, "Ancients of the Earth" from Tesseracts 12. Over the Darkened Landscape is a mix of fantasy and science fiction, and also includes his four published "Magic Canada" stories, stories that take events in Canada's history and then give them a little bit of a fantastical spin.

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Publishers Weekly
Murphy assembles 13 of his previously published tales, which cover a substantial part of the speculative spectrum, in this excellent collection. A Canadian sensibility is clear even in tales set in outer space. “Northwest Passage,” one of the strongest and most optimistic pieces in the collection, borrows smartly from Jack London. Characters include children like Barrie’s Lost Boys, suddenly forced to grow up, in “More Painful than the Dreams of Other Boys”; talking storybook animals in “The Day Michael Visited Happy Lake”; a disturbed version of H.G. Wells in “The Cats of Bethlem”; and a heroic astronaut calling to say farewell to his wife in “Last Call.” The diverse characters latch on to readers and compel them to seek the end of the story; sometimes the result is bleak, as in “Body Solar,” or creepy, as in the bordering-on-horror story “Clink Clank.” Murphy’s range is impressive, as is his ability to immerse readers in a variety of worlds. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933846354
Publisher:
Fairwood Press
Publication date:
11/28/2012
Pages:
202
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.46(d)

Meet the Author

Derryl Murphy is currently toiling in the depths of the Canadian prairies, alongside his wife and boys and (usually) faithful dog. He is the author of the urban fantasy/hard science fiction novel Napier’s Bones, a math-as-magic story, and finalist for Best Novel for a Prix Aurora Award. Derryl has also written a whole bunch of short fiction, as well as, with William Shunn, the novella Cast a Cold Eye, still available from PS Publishing. Besides working on his next novel, Derryl uses his copious spare time in pursuit of All Things Soccer, and although he no longer plays, he does ref, and coach, and cheer on his sons, who are both much, much better than he was at their age.

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