On the planet of Irustan, one woman is fighting back . . .
Zahra IbSada is a talented medicant, and sees much of the joy in the lives
of the women she heals–and much of the pain. She sees a wife brutally
beaten, a prostitute suffering at the hands of her employers. And her best
friend Kalen, a mother who is struggling to save her daughter from a cruel
betrothal. Kalen begs Zahra for help, and although it goes against her
medicant vows, Zahra reluctantly agrees. But this silent act of terrorism
will have far-reaching consequences—for herself, and for all the women of
her planet . . .
”In the wintry world of Nevya, music is literally the only thing that keeps the population alive. Gifted Singers call up safe circles of light and heat; they use their music to heal the sick and broken. But their Gift also forces them to make great sacrifices, as they’re thrust into political battles and required to give up almost all human contact. Some are strong enough to survive the perils . . . and some are not. Louise Marley vivdly portrays a world of ice and snow and occasional summer, of dangers that lurk both outside, in the cold, and inside, among flawed and difficult people. She details the cost that accompany her great Gift, but she also conveys such joy in music that the reader's own world glows with warmth and illumination every time a Singer performs.“ -Sharon Shinn
The short stories in this first collection by critically acclaimed writer Daryl Gregory run the gamut from science fiction to contemporary fantasy, with a few stories that defy easy classification. His characters may be neuroscientists, superhero sidekicks, middle-aged heroes of children’s stories, or fantatics spreading a virus-borne religion, but they are all convincingly human.
Includes two never-before published short stories and an Introduction by Nancy Kress.
Six years after a drunk driver kills his mother and brother on
Halloween night, Ellis Herrick awakens to find himself changed by a
mysterious power. For the next two centuries, Ellis pursues answers to
the riddle of his immortality, a journey that takes him from the
irredeemable pastto the far reaches of outer space—and ultimately to
the innermost caverns of his wounded psyche. Harbinger is a novel of
adventure, evolution, imperishable love, and the shifting nature of