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An anthology of fictional short stories that imagines dark events in the life of Marie Curie as a teenager. This collection includes stories and poems by headline authors, six of whom are New York Times bestsellers including Scott Westerfield, Jane Yolen, Nancy Holder, Alethea Kontis, and Jonathan Maberry.

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ISBN-13: 9781665046565
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 04/11/2023
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and Hugo-nominated editor of adult and children’s speculative fiction. His debut novel, The Worker Prince, received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club’s Year’s Best Science Fiction Releases. His short stories have appeared in magazines, anthologies, and online and include stories in The X-Files and Predator series. As an editor he has edited books by such luminaries as Alan Dean Foster, Tracy Hickman, Frank Herbert, Mike Resnick, Jean Rabe, and more. He was also the first editor on Andy Weir’s bestseller The Martian.

Henry Herz has authored ten picture books. His children’s short stories have been published in Highlights for Children, Ladybug magazine, and in anthologies for Albert Whitman & Co. Henry also writes adult science fiction and fantasy short stories. He holds a BS in engineering from Cornell, an MS in engineering from George Washington University, and an MA in political science from Georgetown.

Scott Sigler’s fiction podcasts have drawn a huge and devoted following. His serialized stories have held the number one position in all the podcast indexes, including iTunes. Scott’s first hardcover release, Infected, was translated into a dozen languages and is being adapted for film by Random House Films/Rogue Pictures. Scott lives in San Francisco with his wife and their dog.

Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes in multiple genres including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, and steampunk, for adults and teens. His works include the Joe Ledger thrillers, Rot & Ruin, Vault of Shadows, The X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, Mars One, Patient Zero, V-Wars, and many others.

He writes comics for Marvel (Black Panther, Punisher, etc.), Dark Horse (Bad Blood), and IDW (Warrior Smart, V-Wars). And he is the editor of several high-profile anthologies including The X-Files, Nights of the Living Dead, and Scary Out There. Several of his works are in development for movies and TV. He is a popular workshop leader, keynote speaker, and writing teacher. He lives in Del Mar, California.

is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s
The Dark-Hunter Companion, and the author of two picture books.She was a student of science fiction greats Andre Norton and Orson Scott
Card, and has worked in a number of book-related jobs. She lives in Virginia.

Jane Yolen is the beloved author of more than 365 books for children and adults, including award-winning picture books, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In addition to two Nebula Awards and a National Book Award nomination, she has received a Golden Kite from SCBWI, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, and the California Young Reader Medal. Yolen’s How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? was an ALA Notable Book and a Christopher Medal winner. The book has gone on to become a widely popular bestselling series with over 15 million copies in print. She lives in Western Massachusetts.

Mark Teague is the internationally bestselling illustrator (and author) of more than 50 books for children. His numerous awards and honors include the Book Sense Book of the Year Award and the Christopher Medal. He has illustrated 12 full-size books and 11 board books in the widely successful How Do Dinosaurs...? series. He is the author of the popular Dear Mrs. LaRue, Firehouse!, and Jack and the Beanstalk and the French Fries. He lives in New York State.

SEANAN McGUIRE is the author of the October Daye urban fantasy series, the InCryptid series, and other works. She also writes darker fiction as Mira Grant.

Seanan lives in Seattle with her cats, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard.

She was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot.

Lissa Price lives in the foothills of southern California with her husband and the occasional deer.

Christine Taylor-Butler has authored more than eighty books for children, including her speculative series The Lost Tribes series (Move Books). A graduate of MIT, she is known for writing compelling nonfiction for young readers. In addition, she’s written a number of articles including “When Failure Is Not An Option,” an essay on the need for diversity in STEM literature (The Horn Book November/December 2021). A fierce advocate for literacy, Christine has spoken at ALA, NCTE, ILA was well as numerous World Science Fiction Conventions, World Fantasy, Boskone and the Nebula awards. She served as a judge for the Society of Midland Authors children’s nonfiction award, the Walter Dean Myers children’s literature award and PEN America’s Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship. Christine is past president of the Missouri Writers Guild, Emeritus Board member of Kindling Words and Toastmaster for World Fantasy 2021. She is currently a member of the Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society and a Director At Large of Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA).

JO WHITTEMORE is the author of the tween humor novels, Front Page Face-Off, Odd Girl In, D is for Drama, Colonial Madness, and the Confidentially Yours series. She also penned The Silverskin Legacy fantasy trilogy. When she isn't writing, Jo spends her time with family and friends in Austin, dreaming of the day she can afford a chocolate house.

Sarah Beth Durst is the award-winning author of sixteen fantasy books for adults, teens, and kids, including The Queens of Renthia series, Drink Slay Love, and The Stone Girl’s Story. She won an ALA Alex Award and a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and has been a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Award three times. She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she spent four years studying English, writing about dragons, and wondering what the campus gargoyles would say if they could talk. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband, her children, and her ill-mannered cat. For more information, visit her at

Stacia Deutsch is the author of more than 300 children’s books. Her favorite books are mysteries, movie novelizations, time-travel adventures, and horse stories.

Anna Caputo fell in love with books at an early age and has spent most of her adult life indulging in the spoken word. She was raised in Wisconsin and currently resides in California. She can be heard narrating audiobooks in many genres, including young adult, memoir, cozy mystery, and literary fiction. She received her master's in marriage and family therapy from Touro University and has trained in voice acting with many renowned instructors, including Joel Froomkin, Carol Monda, and Christina Rooney.

Amy Landon is a classically trained actress with numerous off-Broadway, film, and television credits. Her voice can also be heard on many television and radio commercials. She has an easy facility with dialects, which she also coaches and teaches, and she is happy to find her lifelong obsession with books is matching up with her acting and vocal work.

Cindy Kay is a Chinese-Thai-American narrator and educator who grew up in the California Bay Area and lives in the Rockies. Her work has been described as listening to a "cozy best friend." She narrates fiction and nonfiction, and has studied Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, and Japanese.

Natalie Duke began her voiceover career at the ripe old age of eight. She took a break for a while to grow up, and, when she returned, she discovered the wonderful world of audiobooks. With over fifty titles under her metaphorical belt, she has contributed her youthful yet sophisticated, snarky yet emotive voice to almost every genre of fiction that exists (with a little bit of nonfiction thrown in as well).

Natalie Naudus is a Taiwanese American actor who started out as an opera singer, with a
Master of Music from the University of North Texas. She has a passion for stories and characters, and her language training has allowed her to develop a skill for accents and convincing foreign language dialogue. She excels at unique character voices and passionate storytelling. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters.

Stina Nielsen is an experienced actress and audiobook narrator who has recorded over 150 titles. Based in New York, she has performed on film, television, and stage, including on Broadway, in London's West End, and at many American regional theaters.

Lisa Flanagan is a versatile musician, singer, and voiceover artist. She received her bachelor's and master's degree in music from Boston University. Having performed in Carnegie Hall, the Boston Symphony Hall, and the Regina Opera, she is the 2015 recipient of the Voice Arts Award for Outstanding National Promo.

Read by Shiromi Arserio, Michael David Axtell, Nathan Hinton, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Robin Miles, and Vaneh Assadourian

Kimberly M. Wetherell is a classically trained actor, award-winning filmmaker, international opera director, published essayist, and talented audiobook narrator. A native Floridian, she currently resides in New York.

Emily Ellet is an experienced audiobook narrator, actor, and singer as well as a proud member of P.E.O Sisterhood, a philanthropic educational organization that provides scholarships to enable women across the world to pursue their educational goals. The winner of the 2017 MetroStar Talent Challenge cabaret competition at the Metropolitan Room, she has almost two-hundred audiobook narrations to her name. She currently resides in New York City.

Stephanie Németh-Parker is a SAG-AFTRA audiobook narrator, voiceover artist, and actress with over thirty years of experience. With a voice that has been described as warm and soothing, her versatility and adeptness with accents has enabled her to work on a multitude of projects.

Emily Lawrence, an actor and writer, is passionate about bringing stories to life. Her greatest strength as a performer is her ability to bring herself to the role, creating a wide range of emotionally resonant performances that leap off the page, stage, or screen. Her favorite characters are complicated, conflicted, and still searching for their inner truths.

Emily's passion for her work is complimented by her persistence, resilience, and inexhaustible work ethic. She's narrated more than 190 audiobooks, half of which were USA Today or New York Times bestsellers, and has also worked in film, television, and theater. Born and raised in New York, Emily moved to Los Angeles shortly after receiving her BFA in drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She also had the privilege of living in London while studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

Emily's greatest loves are acting and reading, so narrating audiobooks is a dream come true. Her other passions include traveling, LARPing, aerial circus, and chocolate.

Alex Picard brings a lifetime of work in the theater as an actor and director to her work in front of the mic. With a background in Shakespeare, she excels at connecting listeners to the author's world. A Boston native and lifetime East Coaster, she records audiobooks in her home studio, is a terrible cook, an accidental gardener, enjoys all things Marvel, Star Wars, and Star Trek, and once ran a marathon on purpose.

Tim Campbell is the Audie and AudioFile Earphones Award-winning voice of hundreds of audiobook titles in almost every literary genre.

Zura Johnson is a talented actress and audiobook narrator who has performed all around the world. During her five years in Singapore, she worked extensively in voiceover and narrated a documentary for NatGeo Asia. The recipient of a master's degree from The Old Globe Theater and the University of San Diego, she currently resides in Texas.

Kelli Tager is a classically trained actor with a master's degree in Shakespeare studies from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK. She worked in film/theater and taught children's acting for many years. Now, she only acts behind the mic in commercials, animation, and, of course, audiobooks. ("Kelli Garland" narrates anything for the young listener.) Audiobook narration is the perfect marriage between her love of literature and her love of acting.

Natasha Soudek is an experienced actor, singer, and audiobook narrator. The daughter of two English professors, she grew up in the southern United States, Berlin, and Vienna. Her work includes Super Bowl commercials, television shows, playing sold-out live music shows, and appearing as the first blonde Vulcan in Star Trek history. She currently resides in New York City.

Nancy Peterson loves to weave a great story with her words. With over twenty-five years of experience in theater, television, film, commercial voiceover, and audiobook narration, she brings depth, passion, and nuance to every project, capturing the heart of each of them.
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