Synopses & Reviews
A sparkling debut collection from one of the hottest writers in science fiction: her stories have received the Nebula Award the last two years running. These stories feature cats, bees, wolves, dogs, and even that most capricious of animals, humans, and have been reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, and The Secret History of Fantasy.
At the Mouth of the River of Bees
26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss
The Horse Raiders
Names for Water
My Wife Reincarnated as a Solitaire
Chenting, in the Land of the Dead
The Bitey Cat
The Empress Jingu Fishes
The Man Who Bridged the Mist
The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles
The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change
Kij Johnson's stories have won the Sturgeon and World Fantasy awards. She has taught writing; worked at Tor, Dark Horse, and Microsoft; worked as a radio announcer; run bookstores; and waitressed in a strip bar.
"In her first collection of short fiction, Johnson (The Fox Woman) covers strange, beautiful, and occasionally disturbing territory without ever missing a beat. Several tales take place in mythical Japan or a place very much like it featuring fox spirits in 'Fox Magic,' a prophetic empress who acts as a tool of the gods and lives outside of time in 'Empress Jingu Fishes,' and a cat carrying stories on a long journey in 'The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles.' Others, such as the title story, are made stranger by their familiar contemporary settings. Her young heroes in 'Ponies' and the previously unpublished 'The Bitey Cat' are particularly intriguing for both their innocence and their loss of it. Johnson's language is beautiful, her descriptions of setting visceral, and her characters compellingly drawn. These 18 tales, most collected from Johnson's magazine publications, are sometimes off-putting, sometimes funny, and always thought provoking." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A break out first collection from one of the hottest writers in science fiction.
About the Author
Kij Johnson: Kij Johnson's stories have won the Sturgeon, World Fantasy, and Nebula awards. She has taught writing and has worked at Tor, Dark Horse, Microsoft, and Real Networks. She has run bookstores, worked as a radio announcer and engineer, edited cryptic crosswords, and waitressed in a strip bar.
Table of Contents
"At the Mouth of the River of Bees"
"26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss"
"The Horse Raiders"
"Names for Water"
"Wife reincarnated as a solitaireExposition on the flaws in my spouse's characterThe nature of the birdThe possible causesHer final disposition"
"Chenting, In the Land of the Dead"
"The Bitey Cat"
"The Empress Jingu Fishes"
"The Man Who Bridged the Mist"
"The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles"
"The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs Of North Park After the Change"