This debut collection from Nebula-nominated author Beth Cato brings together works that span history and space, a showcase of vividly imagined speculative stories that range from introspective and intense to outright whimsical. Here you'll find the souls of horses bonded into war machines of earth and air, toilet gnomes on the rampage, magical pies, a mad scientist mother, a bitter old man who rages against giant extraterrestrial robots, and a sentient house that longs to be a home. The book features 28 stories and 6 poems, and includes Cato's acclaimed story "The Souls of Horses."
Table of Contents:
The Souls of Horses / What We Carry (poem) / Beat Softly, My Wings of Steel / Hunter (poem) / Headspace / The Death of the Horse (poem) / Red Dust and Dancing Horses / What Happened Among the Stars (poem) / Biding Time / Hat Trick / Blue Tag Sale / Nisei (poem) / Toilet Gnomes at War / Minor Hockey Gods of Barstow Station / An Echo in the Shell / 213 Myrtle Street / The Human is Late to Feed the Cat / The Sweetness of Bitter / Post-Apocalyptic Conversations with a Sidewalk / A Dance to End Our Final Day / A Lonesome Speck of Home / La Rosa Still in Bloom / A Recipe for Rain and Rainbows / Bread of Life / Stitched Wings / My Brother's Keeper / Deeper Than Pie (poem) / Maps / Overlap / Moon Skin / Cartography of Shattered Trees / Roots, Shallow and Deep / "Cartographer's Ink / The Quest You Have Chosen Defies Your Fate