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Winner of the 2009 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology

The city has always been a place of mystery, of magic, and wonder. In cities past, present, and future, in metropoli real and imagined, meet mutilated warrior-women, dead boys, mechanical dogs, escape artists and more. From the dizzying heights of rooftops and spires to the sinister secrets of underpasses and gutters, some of the most talented authors writing today will take you on a ...
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Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy

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Overview

Winner of the 2009 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology

The city has always been a place of mystery, of magic, and wonder. In cities past, present, and future, in metropoli real and imagined, meet mutilated warrior-women, dead boys, mechanical dogs, escape artists and more. From the dizzying heights of rooftops and spires to the sinister secrets of underpasses and gutters, some of the most talented authors writing today will take you on a trip through the urban fantastic. Edited by Ekaterina Sedia, author of The Secret History of Moscow and the Alchemy of Stone.

Twenty-one original stories from Forrest Aguirre, Barth Anderson, Steve Berman, Darin Bradley, Stephanie Campisi, Hal Duncan, Mike Jasper, Vylar Kaftan, Jay Lake, Paul Meloy, Richard Parks, Ben Peek, Cat Rambo, Jenn Reese, David Schwartz, Cat Sparks, Anna Tambour, Mark Teppo, Catherynne M. Valente, Greg van Eekhout, and Kaaron Warren.
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Editorial Reviews

Jeff VanderMeer
"Variety, along with a willingness to publish new and established writers alike, helps explain Paper Cities' considerable appeal…ambitious and entertaining...a delightful and absorbing read."
Library Journal
"Together with 18 other stories of cities and their people, this vital collection pushes the envelope of the urban fantasy genre, reaching beyond the standards made popular by Charles de Lint, Tanya Huff, and Jim Butcher to create an ever expanding definition of the term...this collection belongs in most libraries."
Booklist Reviewer
"These story settings range from the suburbs to the cities of the future; and their approaches to the idea of the urban, what urbs are, and how we might interact with them as they become ever more fantastic, are wildly varied, intensely satisfying."
Rich Horton
"A strong, original, selection; giving a useful reinvigoration to the idea of Urban Fantasy."
Delia Sherman
"Paper Cities is a really cool anthology, a wide-ranging collection of styles, approaches, and genres. In fact, it's a wonderful metaphor for the idea of the City: simultaneously bright and dark, crowded and lonely, all about life and all about death, beautiful and horrible. There are remarkable imaginations at work in these stories. Read them and see."
Delia Sherman
"Paper Cities is a really cool anthology, a wide-ranging collection of styles, approaches, and genres. In fact, it's a wonderful metaphor for the idea of the City: simultaneously bright and dark, crowded and lonely, all about life and all about death, beautiful and horrible. There are remarkable imaginations at work in these stories. Read them and see."
Library Journal
"Together with 18 other stories of cities and their people, this vital collection pushes the envelope of the urban fantasy genre, reaching beyond the standards made popular by Charles de Lint, Tanya Huff, and Jim Butcher to create an ever expanding definition of the term...this collection belongs in most libraries."
Rich Horton
"A strong, original, selection; giving a useful reinvigoration to the idea of Urban Fantasy."
Jeff VanderMeer
"Variety, along with a willingness to publish new and established writers alike, helps explain Paper Cities' considerable appeal…ambitious and entertaining...a delightful and absorbing read."
Booklist Reviewer
"These story settings range from the suburbs to the cities of the future; and their approaches to the idea of the urban, what urbs are, and how we might interact with them as they become ever more fantastic, are wildly varied, intensely satisfying."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011912665
  • Publisher: Senses Five Press
  • Publication date: 10/19/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,243,562
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ekaterina Sedia was born and raised in Moscow, where her parents and the rest of her family still reside. She moved to New Jersey, and shares a house with "the best spouse in the world" and two cats. She teaches botany and plant ecology at a state liberal arts college, garden, and writes books.

Ekaterina Sedia's novels, The Secret History of Moscow and The Alchemy of Stone are currently available from Prime Books. Her next one, The House of Discarded Dreams, will be released in 2010 -- also from Prime.

Her short stories have sold to Analog, Baen's Universe, Fantasy Magazine, Clarkesworld, and Dark Wisdom, as well as Japanese Dreams (Prime Books) and Magic in the Mirrorstone (Mirrorstone Books) anthologies.
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