JOURNEYS by Ian R. MacLeod, dust jacket by Edward Miller. Burton, MI; Subterranean Press; 2010. 1st edition hardcover.
Length: 232 pages.
Journeys will take you to extraordinary places. From a changed Jerusalem to windmills which draw their own wind. From windswept British campsites to vast slave empires which have never been. MacLeod’s breadth of vision in this collection is extraordinary, but what unites these stories is his abiding interest in humanity, and the way in which he combines the fantastically strange and with the memorably everyday. Expect widescreen wonder in Journeys, with many surprising truths, and some dazzling writing, along the way.
Despite a distinguished record as a novelist, which has recently won him both the Arthur C Clarke and John W Campbell Awards for his novel Song Of Time, Ian R MacLeod is probably still most widely known as one of the great writers of shorter fiction. He says that it’s still his own abiding love in the genre, and, after more than twenty years of writing, the area where he feels you can take the biggest risks, have the most fun, and make the biggest (and most entertaining) mistakes. MacLeod lives in the riverside town of Bewdley in England with his wife Gillian, and divides his time between writing, teaching, and trying to write.
Limited: 750 signed numbered copies.
Table of Contents:
The Master Miller’s Tale,
Taking Good Care of Myself,
The English Mutiny,
Topping off the Spire,
The Camping Wainwrights,
The Hob Carpet,
On the Sighting of Other Islands,
Second Journey of the Magus.
From Publishers Weekly:
"MacLeod's stately, magisterial grace and richly textured prose may prove too much for readers looking for a quick fix, but the patient will be rewarded."
From SF Crowsnest:
“This is a fascinating collection of stories that demonstrates Ian R. MacLeod’s ability to weave elements of the fantastic into everyday life. The result is a series of stories that are true to human nature while the nature of reality changes about them. Even the very short stories that I have not mentioned here are finely crafted and worth appreciating individually. Another excellent service to the reading public has been performed by Subterranean Press.”
From SF Site:
“Ian R. MacLeod has had a long and relatively successful career. His stories have won multiple World Fantasy and Sidewise Awards and his novels have garnered him Clarke and Campbell trophies. His fourth collection, Journeys, provides insight into why MacLeod’s work is held in such high esteem.”
Issued in a SIGNED/LIMITED/NUMBERED edition of 750 copies. Fine in fine dj.