Signed and numbered by the author. This hardcover with dust jacket will be limited to 200 copies. Nearly 300 thousand words of fiction, and 700 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.
“Van Pelt showcases his mastery of short-form fiction in these 62 stories, all published between 1993 and 2018 and ranging from apocalyptic fiction to subtle daylight horror, Lovecraftian riffs, and speculation about future social policy initiatives. . . .Van Pelt’s superior combination of imaginative concepts with recognizable human emotions makes him a talent deserving of a wide readership.”
“These stories are rich in diverse settings—suburbia, a plant nursery with horrific vegetation, the trenches of Verdun, an automotive hell (literally). In all places and times, with all characters, Van Pelt superbly illuminates the best that is in us.”
—Nancy Kress, author of Sea Change
“In a genre like science fiction, when nearly every story is filled with incredible worlds, amazing science, and mind-blowing ideas, what does it take to stand out? It takes one of the hardest things to find in real life, too: heart. More than just those worlds and ideas and science, that’s what James Van Pelt excels at: his characters, whether human or not, are people who live and die, love and cry, in ways that remind us of ourselves.”
—Trevor Quachri, editor of Analog Magazine
“James Van Pelt is an astute observer of the human condition. He can skillfully and compassionately evoke the extraordinary in seemingly ordinary situations. James convinces us to care deeply about the fate of his compelling characters—whether they are mutated creatures, ice cream salesmen, or classroom teachers.”
—Sheila Williams, editor of Asimov's Magazine
“Full of riches . . . a treasure trove of stories.”
“What a delicious treat! James Van Pelt is a terrific storyteller. Buy this book. Read. Enjoy.”
—David Gerrold, author of The Man Who Folded Himself
“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, Hugo, Nebula & Locus Award Winner
“A master storyteller . . . imaginative, riveting, superbly crafted and thoroughly entertaining short stories.”
—The Midwest Book Review
“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
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 Talesand 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.