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Pictures from an Expedition

Pictures from an Expedition


Trade Paperback - $14.95
Buy at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Powell's

ISBN: 9781597800495
Published: 01/01/2006

From Alexander C. Irvine, Locus Award-winning author of A Scattering of Jades, The Narrows, and One King, One Soldier, comes Pictures from an Expedition, an astonishing new collection of thirteen fascinating fantasy and science fiction stories, including the World Fantasy Award-nominated “Gus Dreams of Biting the Mailman” and the all-new tale of identity crisis and uncertainty, “Clownfish.”

With tales set in picturesque locales as varied as the New York artist’s loft in “The Lorelei,” the rural Kentucky caverns and riverbanks in “Green River Chantey,” the mystical WWII factory lines in “The Golems of Detroit,” the colonized alien worlds in “Volunteers,” and the deadly atmosphere of Neptune in “Shepherded by Galatea,” Pictures from an Expedition demonstrates Irvine’s sublime mastery of evocative detail, and stunning storytelling abilities.

Whether exploring the intersection of suburban terror and fable in “For Now It’s Eight O’Clock,” the effect of scandal and media obsession on an ill-fated Mars mission in “Pictures from an Expedition,” or dark dystopian futures in “The Uterus Garden” and “Peter Skilling,” Alexander C. Irvine’s crisp, startling, genre-bending prose makes Pictures from an Expedition a captivating, compelling read that, once started, is impossible to put down.

“Irvine embraces the chaos of the present with an unbridled enthusiasm, and he distills it into intoxicating prose liquor.”
— Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column

“Scene by scene and setting by setting, Alexander Irvine has rapidly emerged as one of the most accomplished new fantasists of the last several years.”
— Gary K. Wolfe, Locus Magazine