The Whole Mess and Other Stories

The Whole Mess and Other Stories

by Jack Skillingstead
The Whole Mess and Other Stories

The Whole Mess and Other Stories

by Jack Skillingstead


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What does it mean to be human in a universe of shifting, sometimes terrifying realities? Eighteen stories from Jack Skillingstead's second decade of publishing feature intense and surprising explorations of who we are, who we wish to be, and who we can't be.

In "The Whole Mess" a genius math professor solves a multiverse equation only to find himself pursued by ancient Masters across the many iterations of his could-have-been lives. "Straconia" gives us a Kafkaesque world where all the lost things go, including people who must first find themselves before they can find a way back home. "Tribute" looks at a post-NASA space race that goes nowhere-until an unlikely pair of marooned astronauts find each other and the future.

​Also included in this collection is "The Writing Life," a self-reflection on memory, ambition, and imagination in the formation of one writer's journey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781958880128
Publisher: Fairwood Press LLC
Publication date: 11/07/2023
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Jack Skillingstead grew up in a working class neighbourhood south of Seattle. He dropped out of college to work in a cannery in alaska, later travelling to Maine and then returning to the Pacific northwest. Skillingstead won a writing competition sponsored by Stephen King in 2000, and was a fi nalist for the Sturgeon award in 2004. He has published more than thirty short stories in publications including Asimov’s, F&SF and Realms of Fantasy. His work has also appeared in various Year’s Best volumes and Solaris Rising.
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