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Bending the Landscape: Fantasy

Bending the Landscape: Book 1

Nicola Griffith
Stephen Pagel

Bending the Landscape: Fantasy, edited by world-renowned speculative fiction author Nicola Griffith and publisher Stephen Pagel, brings together the best short fiction from the fantasy genre's most notable and daring writers. In Leslie What's "Beside the Well," a captivating myth set in ancient China, a young woman rebels against her abusive husband by allying herself with the spirit of his first wife. Tanya Huff's "In Mysterious Ways" tells the riveting story of Terizan the thief and her intrigues in the Thieves' Guild. Don Bassingthwaite's "In Memory Of" is a tantalizing look into the passions and jealousies of two improbably long-lived brothers. This stunning anthology of works by writers both gay and straight demonstrates that gender and sexual orientation can be used to create rich works of fantasy and spectacularly imaginative plots.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1997) - essay by Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel
  • Frost Painting - (1997) - short story by Carolyn Ives Gilman
  • Gary, in the Shadows - (1997) - short story by Mark Shepherd
  • Prince of the Dark Green Sea - (1997) - short story by Mark McLaughlin
  • Water Snakes - (1997) - short story by Holly Wade Matter
  • Gestures Too Late on a Gravel Road - (1997) - short story by Mark W. Tiedemann
  • The Fall of the Kings - (1997) - novelette by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman
  • Cloudmaker - (1997) - short story by Charlee Jacob
  • Magicked Tricks - (1997) - novelette by K. L. Berac
  • The Sound of Angels - (1997) - short story by L. S. Silverthorne
  • The King's Folly - (1997) - short story by James A. Moore
  • Beside the Well - (1997) - short story by Leslie What
  • The Home Town Boy - (1997) - short story by B. J. Thrower
  • Expression of Desire - (1997) - short story by Dominick Cancilla
  • There Are Things Which Are Hidden from the Eyes of the Everyday - (1997) - short story by Simon Sheppard
  • Full Moon and Empty Arms - (1997) - short story by M. W. Keiper
  • Mahu - (1997) - novelette by Jeff Verona
  • The Stars Are Tears - (1997) - short story by Robin Wayne Bailey
  • Desire - (1997) - short story by Kim Antieau
  • Young Lady Who Loved Caterpillars - (1997) - short story by Jessica Amanda Salmonson
  • In Memory of - (1997) - short story by Don Bassingthwaite
  • In Mysterious Ways - novelette by Tanya Huff
  • In the House of the Man in the Moon - (1997) - short story by Richard Bowes
  • Contributors' Bios (1997) - essay by uncredited

Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction

Bending the Landscape: Book 2

Stephen Pagel
Nicola Griffith

Edited by world-renowned lesbian fantasy author Nicola Griffith and fantasy publisher Stephen Pagel, this groundbreaking anthology of all-original science fiction stories brings together some of mainstream's and science fiction's most notable writers -- gay and straight -- creating worlds where time and place and sexuality are alternative to the empirical environment. Keith Hartman's "Sex, Guns and Baptists" gives a disturbing view of how the world could become if the Christian fundamentalists continue gaining political ground; Ralph Sperry's delightful aliens in "On Vacation" are refreshingly similar to us: shy workaholics, exasperated lovers, good with machines; Ellen Klages takes a '90s dyke back forty years to 1950s San Francisco where she discovers her modern sensibilities are utterly alien to the lesbians of the time. These stories explore physical, emotional, and moral landscapes vastly different from the familiar -- where nothing is as it seems.This group of talented newcomers and award-winning genre veterans includes Jim Grimsley, Mark W. Tiedemann, Charles Sheffield, Carrie Richerson, Keith Hartman, Nancy Kress, Richard Bamburg, L. Timmel Duchamp, Charles Sheffield, Don Bassingthwaite, and many others.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel
  • Sex, Guns, and Baptists - shortstory by Keith Hartman
  • Half in Love With Easeful Rock and Roll - shortstory by Rebecca Ore
  • Powertool - shortfiction by Mark McLaughlin
  • Time Gypsy - novelette by Ellen Klages
  • Lonely Land - novelette by Denise Lopes Heald
  • The Rendez-Vous - shortstory by Nancy Johnston
  • Silent Passion - novelette by Kathleen O'Malley
  • Sun-Drenched - shortstory by Stephen Baxter
  • The Flying Triangle - shortstory by Allen Steele
  • Brooks Too Broad For Leaping - shortstory by Charles Sheffield
  • A Real Girl - shortstory by Shariann Lewitt
  • Dance at the Edge - novelette by L. Timmel Duchamp
  • Love's Last Farewell - shortstory by Richard A. Bamberg
  • On Vacation - novelette by Ralph A. Sperry
  • The City in Morning - shortstory by Carrie Richerson
  • State of Nature - shortstory by Nancy Kress
  • The Beautiful People - shortstory by Wendy Rathbone
  • Who Plays With Sin - novelette by Don Bassingthwaite
  • Surfaces - novelette by Mark W. Tiedemann
  • Stay Thy Flight - shortstory by Élisabeth Vonarburg
  • Free in Asveroth - shortstory by Jim Grimsley

Bending the Landscape: Horror

Bending the Landscape: Book 3

Nicola Griffith
Stephen Pagel

Bending the Landscape: Horror brings together a tantalizing slew of truly horrifying tales guaranteed to provoke, entertain, and inspire fear in even the most seasoned horror aficionado. World-renowned fantasy author Nicola Griffith and fantasy publisher Stephen Pagel have compiled an exciting array of never-before-published stories, from both talented newcomers and award-winning genre veterans.

In Kraig Blackwelder's "Coyote Love," a man wakes up in a stranger's bed, not knowing how he got there, after a drunken night out. Terror ensues as the reader is shown just how far a person is willing to go to deny reality. In "The WereSlut of Avenue A," Leslie What shows us that change is not always a good thing, as we witness what may or not be a transformation into something inhuman. These stories, written by writers both gay and straight, incite fear and spur thought, transporting the reader into realms of shock and dread.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (2001) - essay by Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel
  • Coyote Love - (2001) - shortstory by Kraig Blackwelder
  • Explanations Are Clear - (2001) - novelette by L. Timmel Duchamp
  • What Are You Afraid Of? - (2001) - shortstory by Simon Sheppard
  • The Lost Homeland - (2001) - novelette by Cynthia Ward
  • The Man Who Picks the Chamomile - (2001) - shortstory by Mark McLaughlin
  • Love on a Stick - (2001) - novelette by Carrie Richerson
  • Triangle - (2001) - shortstory by Ellen Klages
  • Memorabilia - (2001) - novelette by Holly Wade Matter
  • Blood Requiem - (1995) - shortstory by Gary Bowen
  • In the Days Still Left - (2001) - novelette by Brian A. Hopkins and James Van Pelt
  • Broken Canes - (2001) - shortstory by Alexi Smart
  • Keep the Faith - (2001) - shortstory by A. J. Potter
  • The WereSlut of Avenue A - (2001) - shortstory by Leslie What
  • Kindred - (2001) - novelette by Alexis Glynn Latner
  • 'Til Death - (2001) - shortstory by Barbara Hambly
  • If I Could See Lazarus Rising - (2001) - novelette by Kathleen O'Malley
  • The Waltz of the Epileptic Penguins - (2001) - shortstory by Keith Hartman
  • Passing - (2001) - novelette by Mark W. Tiedemann