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THE BEST OF JAMES VAN PELT (limited hardcover) by James Van Pelt  

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November 2020           978-1-933846-95-8

Full wraparound cover by Gabriel Gajdoš   

Signed and numbered by the author. This hardcover with dust jacket will be limited to 200 copies. Nearly 300 thousand words of fiction, over 600 pages!

From a giant spider that can’t be ignored in a high school classroom, to humanity facing a mutagen plague, to the last two robots witnessing the end of the universe, this comprehensive collection includes sixty-two of the best stories from James Van Pelt’s fertile and wide-ranging imagination that have appeared over the last thirty years in Asimov's, Analog, Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, Talebones, and numerous other science fiction and fantasy publications.

Included in this collection is a Nebula finalist, a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award Finalist, numerous stories that were recognized by Analog or Asimov’s readers as among the best of the year, along with titles that were reprinted in Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction, and other year’s best anthologies.

Frightening or thrilling or uplifting, each of these stories is an exploration into the unknown. Take up a journey now into The Best of James Van Pelt.

"Full of riches...a treasure trove of stories on everything from baseball to sorrow to the surveillance culture."

     —Connie Willis

"Jim Van Pelt is one of those rare writers who swoop effortlessly across the landscape of the fantastic. I read him with admiration and envy." 

     —James Patrick Kelly 

“A master storyteller . . . imaginative, riveting, superbly crafted and thoroughly entertaining short stories.”    

     —The Midwest Book Review

“James Van Pelt creates characters who know both despair and human redemption. They will move you, delight you, transform you.”    

     —Nancy Kress, author of Sea Change

“James Van Pelt is a master of the short story . . . Whether writing science fiction, fantasy, horror, or stories that fall between the categories, he can take the most commonplace topics—running, tourism, family life—and make them profound. If Van Pelt’s stories don’t move you, you have no heart.”  
   —Carrie Vaughn, author of Bannerless

“Van Pelt is a writer who shows you things about the world and yourself you never knew possible.”    
     —J.A. Pitts, author of Black Blade Blues


James Van Pelt, a high school English teacher, is also a full-time science fiction, fantasy and horror writer (among other things). His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Asimov's, Analog, Talebones, Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales and others. His books include five short story collections and two novels, available here on Fairwood Press's site. 

He has been a Nebula finalist, a John W. Campbell Award finalist, and has been nominated for Pushcart prizes. His first collection was named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association, and his last collection won the Colorado Book Award. Many of his short stories have appeared in various Year’s Best collections.


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