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In the Shadow of the Towers

In the Shadow of the Towers

Speculative Fiction in a Post-9/11 World

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ISBN: 978-1-59780-839-2
Published: 09/01/2015

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ISBN: 978-1-59780-850-7
Published: 09/01/2015

An anthology collecting a wide variety of thought-provoking and imaginative genre fiction and essays dealing with the events of September 11th and its aftermath.

The debris and dust. The terrorized crowds stampeding away from the towers. The fire and death of the second impact. For many, these images have come to encompass the horror and grief of 9/11. But are these scenes really that unfamiliar? Disaster films, alien invasions, and monster movies have been at the center of popular entertainment for decades. How thin is the line in the sand between Independence Day or Godzilla and the television footage from the attacks on that day?

The challenge for any science fiction, fantasy, or horror writer after 9/11 is moving forward without trivializing tragedy or being overwhelmed by it. It is difficult to write about September 11th in a serious and meaningful way, and even harder to do so using the idiom of the fantastic. It requires coming to terms with a world that had become a twisted and surreal parody of itself, a mirror linking fiction and reality.

In the Shadow of the Towers collects a variety of short science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories that deal with the destruction of 9/11, that ask what is needed to rebuild, that strive to turn our fears into something stronger, and that seek out the core humanity that allows us to continue on, even in the face of overwhelming grief. Each author, in his or her own way, contemplates the same question:

How can we continue dreaming in the shadow of the towers?

In the Shadow of the Towers includes the following stories:

Richard Bowes – There’s a Hole in the City
Ray Vukcevich – My Eyes, Your Ears
Kris Saknussemm – Beyond the Flags
Susan Palwick – Beautiful Stuff
Bruce Sterling – The Zenith Angle (Excerpt)
Jeff VanderMeer – The Goat Variations
Rob McCleary – Our Lady of Toledo Transmission
Kelly Robson – The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill
Tim Marquitz – Retribution
K. Tempest Bradford – Until Forgiveness Comes
Brian Aldiss – Pipeline
Cory Doctorow – Little Brother (Excerpt)
Tim Pratt – Unexpected Outcomes
David Friedman – Out of My Sight, Out of My Mind
Jack Ketchum – Closing Time
Douglas Lain – The Last Apollo Mission
Gregory Feeley – Giliad
James Morrow – Apologue

"A powerful and interesting anthology of immediate reactions, later analyses, and lingering memories."
Publishers Weekly