Synopses & Reviews
Do you love the sound of a peg leg stomping across a quarterdeck? Or maybe you prefer a parrot on your arm, a strong wind at your back? Adventure, treasure, intrigue, humor, romance, danger — and, yes, plunder. Oh, the Devil does love a pirate — and so do readers everywhere.
Swashbuckling from the past into the future and space itself, Fast Ships, Black Sails, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, presents an incredibly entertaining volume of original stories guaranteed to make you walk and talk like a pirate.
Come along for the voyage with bestselling authors Naomi Novik, Garth Nix, Carrie Vaughn, Dave Freer, Michael Moorcock, and Eric Flint, as well as such other stellar talents as Kage Baker, Sarah Monette, Elizabeth Bear, Steve Aylett, and Conrad Williams — all offering up a veritable treasure chest of piratical adventure, the likes of which has never been seen in the four corners of the Earth. Highlights include a brand-new Garth Nix "Sir Hereward and Mr. Fitz" novella, as the two clever ne'er-do-wells storm the sea-gates of the scholar-pirates of Sarkoe.
"Saintly pirates, loony pirates, pirate cooks and talking animal-buccaneers slash and swagger through the Caribbean, the Internet, the perpetually frozen Atlantic and the seas of distant planets in this collection of 18 original stories. The anthology begins strongly with Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette's 'Boojum,' a tale of one space pirate's self-discovery, and concludes equally well with a gentleman rogue and his magical puppet in Garth Nix's 'Beyond the Sea Gate of the Scholar-Pirates of Sarske.' The levity of 'Castor on Troubled Waters,' Rhys Hughes's playful romp through time and space, and Howard Waldrop's conflation of fictional pirates, 'Avast, Abaft!,' are balanced by '68 07' 15' N, 31 36' 44' W,' Conrad Williams's baffling little chunk of horror. These ingenious variations on a theme deserve to be savored slowly." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Oh, the Devil does love a pirate — and so do readers everywhere! Swashbuckling from the past into the future and space itself, Fast Ships, Black Sails, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, presents an incredibly entertaining volume of original stories guaranteed to make you walk and talk like a pirate.