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Elements: A Collection of Speculative Fictionby Suzanne Church
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Award winning author Suzanne Churchs cast of distinct characters asks “What if?” in this collection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction.
Can humanity survive an ice age? Will the storm man steal Wandas baby? When will Bob and Sebbee escape the relentless march of the Lost Circle? What is the cause of the taint in Fayas courted ice? If you cant escape hell, can you at least afford a trip on a teleporting couch?
Church infuses emotion into every tale. Whether quirky or horrific, the prose deftly snatches the reader onto a whirlwind expedition of laughter and sorrow.
"The unassuming title conceals a debut collection that highlights the author's considerable skills. Between the two covers are 21 short stories plus an introduction by Sandra Kasturi. The collection ranges across the expanse of speculative fiction, from the humor of the author's three Couch Teleportation Universe stories to grimmer fare such as 'Coolies,' in which war forces inhumane decisions on its characters; from the melancholy 'The Wind and the Sky' to an examination of futuristic gender politics on a frozen moon in 'The Flower Gathering.' As with 'Synch Me, Kiss Me, Drop,' the author places well-intended draconian policies center stage to critique rather than endorse. Although Church's speculative fiction began appearing in print about a decade ago, winning her an Aurora Award in 2012 for 'The Needle's Eye,' her venues have, for the most part, been relatively obscure, the small presses in whose hidden gardens so much of the truly interesting speculative fiction blooms. As a result, readers may have missed the opportunity to enjoy her remarkable prose and the diversity of her visions. This collection will allow discerning readers to correct that oversight. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Suzanne Church is an Aurora Award winning author who lives in Ontario with her two teenaged sons. She is an outlier and a media junkie who when cornered becomes fiercely Canadian.
Her writing runs the gamut from horror to science fiction to fantasy, including several appearances in Tesseracts anthologies. Some of her more memorable characters include the inventor of couch teleportation devices and a few talking chickens.
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