“…a satisfying sampler of solid stories from a team that rarely disappoints.” —Publishers Weekly
"This book will be remembered as one of the major collections of the decade."—Robert J. Sawyer
"Standouts include…Mike Resnick and Lezli Robyn’s beautifully sad “Benchwarmer,” which takes us into the world of imaginary friends, and introduces us to one friend who simply can’t let go of the boy who created him."—io9
"That’s [Soulmates] the second story that will be considered by me for next year’s Hugos; this one in the Novelette category."—SFRevu
"In a classic example of cognitive estrangement, we learn the absurdity of our own cultural norms as seen by those on the outside…effectively played to humorous effect." (on :"Report from the Field")—SFSignal
Multiple award-winning authors, Mike Resnick and Lezli Robyn, get to the heart of the matter in Soulmates, which showcases all the words they have penned together over their years as collaborators (with a bonus solo piece by each). Whether a robot, alien, some kind of supernatural being or human, rising above our prejudices and ignorance allows us to make emotional connections that can have a profound effect on our lives.
Each of these stories examine a facet of the simple, yet incredibly complex, concept of companionship. They will make you laugh; will make you cry…but most importantly they will make you look at the very basic notion of soul-mates in a different light.
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About the Author
Resnick's style is known for the inclusion of humor. He enjoyed collaborating with other writers, especially on short stories. Through 2014 he had collaborated with 52 different writers on short fiction, three on screenplays, and three on novels. Late in life, he began writing and selling a series of mystery novels as well, featuring detective Eli Paxton. He had also sold screenplays based on his novels to Miramax, Capella, and Jupiter 9, and often had multiple properties under option to Hollywood studios.
His work has been translated into: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Hebrew, Russian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Czech, Dutch, Latin, Swedish, Romanian, Finnish, Portuguese, Slovakian, Chinese, Catalan, Danish, Croatian, and Greek. Resnick's papers are in the Special Collections Library of the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Dragon Con and Arc Manor (publisher of Galaxy’s Edge Magazine) established The Mike Resnick Memorial Award for Short Fiction in his memory in 2021.
Lezli Robyn is an Australian author, editor and Assistant Publisher of Arc Manor, who lives in beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she resides with her blue-eyed mini-Dachshund/Chihuahua named Bindi (which means “little girl” in several indigenous Australian dialects).
Since her first short story sale to Clarkesworld, Lezli has sold fiction to professional markets around the world, including Asimov’s and Analog. In 2009 she was proud to become a finalist for the Australian Aurealis Award for Best SF Story, and finalist for the 2010 Spanish Premio Ignotus Award for Best Foreign Short Story, as well as a finalist for the 2010 Campbell Award for Best New Writer. In 2011 she won the Catalan Premi Ictineu Award with Mike Resnick for Best Translated Story, for “Soulmates”, and they won the award again in 2014, for their short story “Benchwarmer”. Both these stories are included in this collection.