Bear, Elizabeth - The Chains that You Refuse

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Elizabeth Bear's science fiction trilogy (Hammered, Scardown and Worldwired) have received widespread popular acclaim, but it is her short fiction which has really been turning heads. Routinely defying genre boundaries and exhilarating her readers, Elizabeth Bear's short fiction demonstrates why she is one of the most exciting young writers in the genre.

Whether the inspiration is Ragnarok, Stagger Lee, Elizabethan Drama, John Lennon, or matters even further a field, Bear proves to be up to the task of taking recognizable icons and settings, and making them her own. The stories in The Chains We Refuse range from recognizable SF and fantasy, to contemporary-fantastic stories, to forms not quite so easily described. The twenty-two tales in this collection are sure to please.


* Gone to Flowers
* The Company of Four
* Ice
* High Iron
* ee "doc" cummings
* The Devil You Don't
* Tiger! Tiger!
* The Dying of the Light (with amber van dyk)
* And the Deep Blue Sea
* Schrödinger's Cat Chases the Super String
* One-eyed Jack and the Suicide King
* Sleeping Dogs Lie
* Two Dreams on Trains
* Stella Nova
* This Tragic Glass
* Botticelli
* Seven Dragons Mountains
* Old Leatherwings
* When You Visit the Magoebaskloof Hotel Be Certain Not to Miss the Samango
* Monkeys
* Follow Me Light
* The Chains That You Refuse

"Gritty, insightful, and daring--Elizabeth Bear is a talent to watch."
--David Brin, author of the Uplift novels and Kiln People

"A glorious hybrid: hard science, dystopian geopolitics, and wide-eyed sense-of-wonder.... I hate this woman. She makes the rest of us look like amateurs."
-- Peter Watts, author of Starfish and Maelstrom

Cover by Samuel Bak.

Trade Paperback 978-1-59780-048-8
256 Pages $14.95
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