Going Up the Rainbow with Susan Casper

A Press Release from Fantastic Books:

Susan Casper’s death earlier this year was a great shock and a tremendous loss to those who knew her and loved her. But fortunately for all of us, editor Gardner Dozois (her husband) has put together this volume containing all of her short fiction, as well as a series of her in-depth trip reports. It is meaty and worth reading.

Michael Swanwick, in his introduction writes that Susan had many interests, and only caught the writing bug, as one would a contagious disease, after a very long incubation period. Once she started writing, however, her work was that of a real writer. Swanwick calls her first published story, “Spring-Fingered Jack,” “dark, clever, fun, and fast.” Others agreed with him: it was reprinted seven times, which is the very best kind of validation for a new writer to receive.”

Susan stopped writing several years before her death. We may never know why, but we should be thankful that she chose to wrote at all. Connie Willis says “Susan Casper always had something new and fascinating to say.” Nancy Kress says this is a vivid and compelling range of stories. Pat Cadigan calls Susan Casper “one of my favorite writers.” And Kristine Kathryn Rusch says “I have only one problem with Susan Casper’s fiction: there isn’t enough of it.” But what there is of it is all available in Up the Rainbow: the Complete Short Fiction of Susan Casper.

Fantastic Books is honored and humbled to be publishing Up the Rainbow: the Complete Short Fiction of Susan Casper in simultaneous hardcover and trade paperback editions on July 18, 2017. We’ll be debuting the book at Readercon in Quincy, Massachusetts, the weekend of July 13-16. (Hardcover: $34.99. ISBN: 978-1-5154-1027-0. Trade Paperback: $19.99. ISBN: 978-1-5154-1028-7.)

Up the Rainbow—and all Fantastic Books publications—are distributed through Ingram, and available through all major online retailers and specialty sf shops via direct order from the publisher. Review copies are available upon request.


    • Introduction, by Michael Swanwick
    • Spring-Fingered Jack
    • Shadowman
    • Mama
    • The Haunting
    • Spring Fever
    • The Clowns
    • Send No Money
    • Covenant with a Dragon
    • Under Her Skin
    • The Stray
    • Home for the Holidays
    • The Cleaning Lady
    • A Child of Darkness
    • Nine-Tenths of the Law
    • Djinn and Tonic
    • Betrayal
    • Coming of Age
    • Windows of the Soul
    • Up the Rainbow
    • Holmes Ex Machina
    • A Night at the J Street Bar
    • Why Do You Think They Call It Middle Earth?
    • Old Photographs
    • The Blessed Damosel
    • Afterword, by Andy Duncan
    • Trip Reports:
    • Bermuda Cruise
    • World Fantasy Con, Monterey, and the California Coast—1998
    • Anaheim/Las Vegas/Grand Canyon—1999
    • Hawaii: Westercon in O’ahu/The Big Island—2000
    • Paris/Nantes—2001
    • Barbados—2003
    • Germany/Prague/Vienna—2005

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