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

Many more Fantastic Books in the house


The printer was more efficient than I expected, so today UPS delivered 14 boxes of Fantastic Books books, which I’ll be living with until Balticon in a week and a half. Sharp-eyed viewers will see two bound galleys (about which I’ll say more in the coming days) and two brand-new books (those multiple stacks of the same covers on the left side), which we’ll be officially launching at Balticon. The shorter stacks are restocking for the coming conventions.

Songs of Chaos Sings Again

1515410161Fantastic Books is excited to announce the republication of S.N. Lewitt’s classic novel of social injustice and artistic meaning, Songs of Chaos. Long out of print, but more relevant than ever to today’s world, Songs of Chaos is set in a future where everyone is genetically designed to be perfect. Dante, however, is a throwback, kept in a government-run complex for his unusual senses of sight and hearing. When a suspicious fire kills his fellow outcasts, he is targeted in a plot to finally rid the planet of “misfits.” Stowing away on a trader ship, he winds up in a strange world of space pirates where his artistic talents are valued, and where he may find his place within the pattern of life.

Praise for Songs of Chaos:

“The best book yet by one of SF’s hottest and hippest writers.” —Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo-, Nebula-, and 14-time Aurora Award winner

Songs of Chaos has “color and verve and momentum and a serious point having to do with the undesirability of social stasis.” —Analog Science Fiction and Fact
“SF fans looking for less emphasis upon high-tech gadgetry and more upon a future culture will be rewarded by this effort.” —Booklist
Songs of Chaos is a “melange of intrigue, revolutionary politics, and fast-paced action. Lewitt keeps the story moving, leavens it with interesting detail and a sympathetic protagonist, and makes her social and psychological points incisively. Songs of Chaos is an excellent read with more to it than most sf action-adventure novels. It’s a throwback to days when sf adventure novels had to be about something other than running around the cosmos with bad guys chasing you.” —Locus
“The author has managed to take themes that everybody is using and still come up with a book that is fresh and different.” —SF Commentary

Songs of Chaos is now available as a 226-page trade paperback ($14.99; ISBN: 978-1-5154-1016-4), and will soon be available in a variety of ebook formats. Songs of Chaos—and all Fantastic Books publications—are distributed through Ingram, and available through all major online retailers and specialty sf shops via direct order from Fantastic Books.

Review copies available upon request.

Fantastic Books Publishing Koscienski & Pisano’s New Novel The Biggest Bounty

Fiore is the (chemically enhanced) muscle; Zeus is the (super-genius) brains. Together, they’re out to become the greatest interstellar bounty hunters ever. But along the path to fame and fortune, they’ll accumulate contacts, partners, and enemies without even meaning to. It’s all part of the job, when you’re chasing the biggest bounty ever, and picking up the strangest milks in the galaxy.

Brian Koscienski and Chris Pisano are the drunken comic book monkeys behind Fortress Publishing, and the authors of Scary Tales of Scariness and Sciency Tales of Science Fiction. For a quicker taste of who they are and what they do, check out www.FortressPublishingInc.com.

Fantastic Books, an imprint of Gray Rabbit Publications, is thrilled to be publishing Brian Koscienski & Chris Pisano’s new novel in May 2017. The Biggest Bounty—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.

The Biggest Bounty: A Zeus and the Pink Flower Novel
by Brian Koscienski & Chris Pisano
Fantastic Books, $14.99, 250 pages, trade paperback, ISBN: 978-1-5154-1015-7.
Publication date: May 30, 2017

Fantastic Books Publishes Bud Sparhawk’s New Collection

Fantastic Books is thrilled to announce the publication of Bud Sparhawk’s new short story collection, Non-Parallel Universes, in May 2017.

Bud Sparhawk’s stories accept no limits, from the edges of the galaxy to the inner recesses of the human heart, from the very beginnings of life to the very end of time. All that range, and more, is on display in this collection of 19 stories. We meet space pirates and bounty hunters, baseball pitchers and intelligent toilets. From a pair of buddies brewing beer on Jupiter, to a couple of old friends reconnecting at an environmental rally, the people living these incredible lives in unbelievable situations are relatable and human. But whether it’s a starship pilot skipping through the centuries as he travels the universe, or a boy trying to not alienate his loving father, we recognize ourselves in each of them.

Pre-publication praise:

“Bud Sparhawk is a writer of clarity, wit, and insight. His stories provoke wonder, will sometimes give you a good laugh, and always make you think. I enjoy his work, and believe you will, too.” —Allen Steele, three-time Hugo Award-winner

“Bud Sparhawk’s imagination knows no limits. A dazzling collection.” —Jack McDevitt, Nebula Award-winner

“In today’s science fiction field, if I hear these three descriptors—‘one of the living masters of the short form,’ ‘humor and pathos in equal measure,’ and ‘universally accessible,’—I know whose work is being discussed: Bud Sparhawk’s. And you hold the very finest of that work in your hands.” —Charles E. Gannon, author of the Tales of the Terran Republic series

“A collection of Bud Sparhawk’s work is as diverse and mind-blowing as an anthology of a dozen other writers. His stories can span the breadth of the Universe, or the distance between a man and his son. He can even unlock the heart of a crusty curmudgeon (like you, perhaps) and find a world of hope and wonder.” —Robert R. Chase, author of The Game of Fox and Lion

Non-Parallel Universes—and all Fantastic Books publications—are distributed through Ingram, and available through all major online retailers and specialty sf shops via direct order from Fantastic Books.

Review copies are available upon request.

Non-Parallel Universes
by Bud Sparhawk
Fantastic Books, $14.99, 268 pages, trade paperback, ISBN: 978-1-5154-1020-1
Publication date: May 30, 2017

The Complete Book of Presidential Inaugural Speeches

1515410234I’m pleased to announce the newest book from Gray Rabbit Publications: the latest edition of The Complete Book of Presidential Inaugural Speeches. I’ve updated it to include the 59th, delivered last month by 45th President Donald Trump. As with the previous editions, the book also includes notes about the elections and inaugurations that preceded each of the speeches.

The odd thing about these books that I’m trying to figure out (though not spending too much time on it) is that even though I released the second edition, which included President Obama’s second inaugural speech, in 2013, the first edition (from 2010, which only has Obama’s first speech) continues out outsell the second. So I haven’t taken either of those out of print, and now I’ll watch to see which of the three editions does best.

Boskone this weekend

This coming weekend is another science fiction convention. I’ll be at Boskone in Boston. My programming schedule includes:

Friday at 4pm in Lewis: “Temperament and the Writer” with Leigh Perry, Esther Friesner, Richard Shealy, and Steve Davidson

Saturday at 3pm in Burroughs: “Earth 2.0: Manned Space Flight in the 21st Century” with Allen M. Steele, Jordin T. Kare, Janet Catherine Johnston, and N.A. Ratnayake

Saturday at 6:30pm in the Galleria, “Boskone Book Party”

Sunday at 12n in Marina 4: “Brick and Mortar: Bookstores Then, Now, and Tomorrow” with Joe Siclari, Maryelizabeth Yturralde, Robert Howard, and Lauren Roy

And of course, I’ll be at the Fantastic Books table in the dealers’ room, where we’re open Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday 10am-3pm. Hope to see some of you there!