Cigar-Box Faust and Other Miniatures by Michael SwanwickCigar-Box Faust and Other Miniatures by Michael Swanwick

Cigar-Box Faust and Other Miniatures

byMichael Swanwick

Paperback | November 11, 2003

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Often humorous, sometimes chilling, always entertaining, this collection of award-winning author Michael Swanwick's short-short fiction is a work of masterfully sustained whimsy for adults.Cigar-Box Faust contains more than seventy fantastical stories in fewer than a hundred pages.The title piece is a five-minute condensation of a classic of Western literature, featuring a cigar-cutter as Mephistopheles; a box of matches in the roles of Helen of Troy, an Angel of the Lord, and the Light of Ontology; and a cigar as Faust himself. Although it has previously been performed live by the author, this is its first appearance in print. There is also an abecedary showcasing Swanwick's bravura imagination with a separate story for every letter of the alphabet, another set of tales for every planet in the solar system, and a series of pieces that the author literally wrote in his sleep! To say nothing of a clutch of alternate autobiographies, a novella of decadence and corporate politics in a future Venice that has been boiled down to 416 words, Picasso and Philip K. Dick as existential heroes? and a rhyme for orange.
Michael Swanwick is one of the most acclaimed science-fiction and fantasy short-story writers of his generation, having received five consecutive Hugo Awards. He has also won the Theodore Sturgeon and World Fantasy awards. Swanwick's novels includeThe Iron Dragon's Daughter, aNew York Times Notable Book, and the Nebula Award?winningSta...
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Title:Cigar-Box Faust and Other MiniaturesFormat:PaperbackPublished:November 11, 2003Publisher:TACHYON PUBLICATIONSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1892391074

ISBN - 13:9781892391070

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'? wonderful strangeness.'-True Review'Always brilliant, Swanwick shines in these quirky short pieces, with over 70 gathered in this collection, including 'An Abecedary of the Imagination,' with six new entries.'-Locus'Miniaturized, tightly compressed fictions that are alternately startling, funny, and mysterious and often possess the resonance of especially vivid dreams? a whimsical, wonderfully eccentric collection.'-Washington Post Book World'Felicities, surprises, bon-mots, witticisms, epiphanies, goodies of every description.'-Fantastic Metropolis