An anthology of new speculative fiction

Cover image for [Re]Awakenings

This is a collection of short stories from exciting new voices in UK speculative fiction, compiled by guest editor PR Pope.  It contains the following stories:

Alison Buck: Dreamers; Intervention; Mirror mirror; Podcast.

Neil Faarid: The Adventures of Kit Brennan: Kidnapped!

Gingerlily: The Dragon and the Rose.

Robin Moran: The Merry Maiden Wails.

PR Pope: Afterlife; Courtesy Bodies; On the Game.

Alexander Skye: BlueWinter; Dreaming Mars; Exploring the Heavens; Worth it.

Peter Wolfe: If you go into the woods today…

From the back cover:

Expect a life-changing experience

[Re]Awakenings are the starting points for life-changing experiences; a new plane of existence, an alternate reality or cyber-reality.  This genre-spanning anthology of new speculative fiction explores that theme with a spectrum of tales, from science fiction to fantasy to paranormal; in styles from clinically serious to joyfully silly.  As you read through them all, and you must read all of them, you will discover along the way that stereo-typical distinctions between the genres within speculative fiction are often arbitrary and unhelpful.  You will be taken on an emotional journey through a galaxy of sparkling fiction; you will laugh, you will cry; you will consider timeless truths and contemplate eternal questions.

All of life is within these pages, from birth to death (and in some cases beyond).  In all of these stories, most of them specifically written for this anthology, the short story format has been used to great effect.  If you haven’t already heard of some of these authors, you soon will as they are undoubtedly destined to become future stars in the speculative fiction firmament.

Remember, you read them here first!

This is a fantastic collection of stories. Fantastic in both senses of the word, collectively they represent a great read and, individually, they’re strange, thought provoking and not entirely of this world.
One of the principal pleasures of such a collection is the chance to read through the work of several different writers and have the opportunity to revel in their individual ideas, styles and quirks, P.R. Pope deserves praise for having gathered and presented such a diverse and eclectic mix. We have the deceptively smooth and graceful Alison Buck, whose work I’ve previously championed and this outing only goes to confirm my impression of her all-round prowess; the refreshingly satirical Neil Faarid; Alex Skye, who mixes razor sharp technical prowess with genuine emotion; not to mention the delightfully meta-fictional Gingerlily; we have Peter Wolfe whose excellent grasp of the mechanics of fairy tales, allows him to twist them into new and unusual shapes; Robin Moran who can create fear from a handful of words, yet whose reality is so clearly our own that you feel that you will never wake from her nightmares and, of course, Pope’s own contributions – which are gems, rich in both language and meaning.
These stories will be the first introduction for many readers to these writers and it’s a damn good one. I’d happily read more from any or all of them, be it in the short form or as novels. I just hope that more people are willing to give this collection a try, there are riches and wonders, terrors, heartbreak and joy lurking within. As they say… what’s not to like?

Jon Rosenberg (author of the Hidden Academy series)

[Re]Awakenings was published in a digital edition on 21st November 2011 and in paperback on 1st March 2012

ISBN: 978-1-908168-10-8 eBook List price £2.99 / €3.49 / $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-908168-00-9 paperback 288pp List price £10 / €13 / $20
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