The Best of James Van Pelt

From a giant spider that can’t be ignored in a high school classroom, to humanity facing a mutagen plague, to the last two robots witnessing the end of the universe, this comprehensive collection includes sixty-two of the best stories from James Van Pelt’s fertile and wide-ranging imagination that have appeared over the last thirty years in Asimov's, Analog, Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, Talebones, and numerous other science fiction and fantasy publications.

Included in this collection is a Nebula finalist, a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award Finalist, numerous stories that were recognized by Analog or Asimov’s readers as among the best of the year, along with titles that were reprinted in Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction, and other year’s best anthologies.

Frightening or thrilling or uplifting, each of these stories is an exploration into the unknown. Take up a journey now into The Best of James Van Pelt.

Cover image © Gabriel Gajdoš
Cover and book design by Patrick Swenson

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First Fairwood Press Edition: November 2020
First Fairwood Press trade paperback: August 2022

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ISBN-13: 978-1-933846-21-7

Copyright © 2020 James Van Pelt

In addition to original publications and reprints (see Publication History), these stories (except for those previously uncollected), were published in the following James Van Pelt collections:
Strangers and Beggars (2002)
The Last of the O-Forms (2005)
The Radio Magician (2009)
Flying in the Heart of the Lafayette Escadrille (2012)
The Experience Arcade (2017)

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