Chimerascope by DOUGLAS SmithChimerascope by DOUGLAS Smith



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Sunburst Awards Finalist (2011)CHIMERASCOPE, a story of many parts.A young artist hungers to draw you.A dinner conversation takes three lifetimes to finish.A geologist faces a planetsized, eonsold puzzle to save her crew.The hero of the Fall of Earth must choose between love and revenge.A mysterious dancer leads a businessman to a most exclusive nightclub.A man is born each day into a new life, only to die each night.A sentient aurora threatens the last of humanity.A Norse god's bar in Toronto hosts an unplanned family reunion.A woman descends into insanity, or is it the end of the world?A house as big as the world.These are some of the stories you will encounter in CHIMERASCOPE, the first full collection of short fiction from awardwinning Canadian author, Douglas Smith. Sixteen stories of fantasy and science fiction, including one Aurora Awardwinners, a Best New Horror pick, and nine Aurora finalists, that take you from love in fourteenthcentury Japan to humanity's last stand, from virtual reality to the end of reality, from alien drug addictions to a dinner where a man loses everything.
Douglas Smith is an awardwinning Toronto author of speculative fiction with over a hundred fiction sales in two dozen languages, including appearances in INTERZONE, BAEN'S UNIVERSE, AMAZING STORIES, THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR, CICADA, POSTSCRIPTS, WEIRD TALES, ON SPEC, THE THIRD ALTERNATIVE, and anthologies from Penguin/Roc, D...
Title:ChimerascopeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:332 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.3 inPublished:July 14, 2017Publisher:ChiZine PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0981297854

ISBN - 13:9780981297859

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chimerascope Overall enjoyed reading the stories. Really well written & descriptive.
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Pleasant Surprise Despite the number of awards he has won and how prolific he is, I had never heard of Smith until I came across this collection in a Kobo sale. I'm generally not a fan of the short story genre. To be sure, there are many superb writers who enrich the format greatly. But far too often, under unskilled hands, the reader is left wanting. Too much is left unexplained, the worlds within are too shallow, the characters too limited and unrealized to be understood. I took a big chance on an unfamiliar author in a challenging format and walked away very satisfied. There is a broad range of subject matter from the supernatural to horror, dystopianism and future colonialism. A rich undercurrent or unifying theme to this collection is love. How it saves us, binds us, teaches us to forgive. Many of these stories are dark but the reader is not left without hope. The worlds within these stories are richly built and the inhabitants within them blend seamlessly into their environments - they are indeed creatures who would live there. I highly recommend this read and will visit this author again.
Date published: 2013-11-16

Editorial Reviews

Douglas Smith is, quite simply, the finest short-story writer Canada has ever produced in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and he's also the most prolific. His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think." --Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids"(A)n entertaining selection of 17 stories that deftly span multiple genres, often milking surprisingly original tales out of tired tropes." – Publishers Weekly"(A) massively enjoyable trek through the far-fetched, the horrifying, and the flat-out weird, all filtered through Smith's remarkable imagination and equally notable talent . . . what is immediately notable is his steady grasp of character, bringing a relatable humanity to even the most absurd of situations ...(A) sterling set, with nary a weak or disposable choice in the bunch." – Quill & Quire (starred review)"...the 16 stories in this collection showcase the inventive mind and immense storytelling talent of one of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction . . . Smith writes with a keen eye for detail and atmosphere, crafting each story with wit and perception. VERDICT: Twice winner of Canada's Aurora Award, Smith writes stories that will appeal to fans of such literary sf writers such as Jack Vance and Gene Wolfe." – Library Journal"(An) engaging and entertaining volume, pieces of whose content resonate after the book is finished." – Regina Schroeder, Booklist"Chimerascope (A+ overall) confirms for me what "Impossibilia" affirmed, namely that Douglas Smith is an extraordinary author whom every lover of quality speculative fiction should read." - Liviu Suciu, Fantasy Book Critic"With every new story, the more impressed I am with [Smith's] subtlety and vision. I've yet to read a work of his that wasn't beautifully written, but more than that, his stories resonate with a deep understanding of the human condition as well as a characteristic wry wonder...Stories you can't forget, even years later." – Julie Czerneda, author and editor"An ambitious and adventurous new writer."– Gardner Dozois, author and editor