The stories in Truer Love and Other Lies deal with Boneypunk, indeterminate angels, and man’s inhumanity to, well, everything. On further investigation, a part is played by crackerjack popes, reluctant revolutionaries, illegal temporal aliens, and dead giants who love Get Smart. Further, truer love would simply have to include smartass prophets, avenging whales, defenders of Wonderland, and the inevitability of becoming a werewolf when hired by the moon.
Ranging from hard science to fantasy, from surrealism to pulp adventure, from satire to magic realism, this debut collection by Edd Vick includes stories from magazines, including Analog and Asimovs, and many anthologies. Several entries have never before been published, and two of them were co-written with Vick’s regular collaborator Manny Frishberg.
"The eclectic stories in Vick’s provocative first collection span from the serious to the whimsical and from hard-edged science fiction to gauzy fantasy . . . Despite the broad range of subject matter, the authorial voice is strikingly assured throughout . . . Vick’s facility with language will keep readers engaged. There is a bit of something for everyone in this competent and quirky work.”
“Here be wonders: machines that dream of rivers that flow in straight lines, Polaroids that predict the future, and true love that leads to truer terrors. Go ahead but don’t look back.”
—Terry Bisson, author of Bears Discover Fire
“Vick’s imagination is like a Roman Candle strapped to a nervous cat. These exuberant stories take you to places you don’t recognize and convince you they are real."
—James Van Pelt, author of The Experience Arcade
“Edd Vick’s Truer Love and Other Lies is inventive and surprising. Vick adeptly uses fantastic fiction to challenge readers. He fearlessly inhabits unexpected protagonists and presents bold ideas.”
—Brenda Cooper, author of Wilders and Edge of Dark