"James Van Pelt's stories are the kind that make you lose track of time when you sit down to read. His characters never fail to charm, and his stories—sometimes deceptively simple—invariably seem to matter. From a story of elderly lovers to one about genius kids, from a tale of middle-aged suburban combatants to that of an AI who can cry, this volume will delight readers. It will also leave them wondering, which is what science fiction and fantasy stories should do. If you're not a Van Pelt fan yet, you will be after you read this delectable collection."
—Louise Marley, author of The Child Goddess
“James van Pelt's stories capture the essential joy and boundless optimism of Golden Age science fiction better than any writer alive. The Experience Arcade and Other Stories contains tales of weaponized ghosts, warring lawn fairies, a poet who investigates a murder on a starship, a young Tom Corbett's secret initiation into the Solar Guard, a couple who exchange gifts after death, ghost ships, and even more wonderous things. If you love SF in all its strange wonder and constant surprises, this book is your ticket.”
—John O'Neill, Black Gate Magazine
"Prolific, masterful, and stunningly original, James Van Pelt is a modern virtuoso of science fiction. This collection of short stories both defines the genre, and pushes it forward into newly charted territory."
—Ted Kosmatka, author of The Flicker Men
“When I was trying to learn enough craft to break into print, I remember looking to James Van Pelt and his crisp, powerful short fiction. Nearly two decades later and the master craftsman is still producing brilliant, beautiful work that captivates and compels. In The Experience Acrade and Other Stories, we get a broad view of Van Pelt's range as a speculative fantasist. If you love short fiction, it belongs on your shelf.”