It is the largest oil spill in history: a supertanker crashes into the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay. Desperate to avert environmental damage (as well as the PR disaster), the multi-national oil company releases an untested designer oil-eating microbe to break up the spill.
What the company didn’t realize is that their microbe propagates through the air … and it mutates to consume anything made of petro-carbons: oil, gasoline, synthetic fabrics, plastics of all kinds. And when every piece of plastic begins to dissolve, it’s too late...
She was old when the world was young. Her image appears in painting from before the Renaissance – but also from the Earth of 3,000 years from now, and from a dozen or more far-flung worlds around the galaxy. Who is she, and what is her secret? It remains for an alien art critic named Leonardo by his human associates to find the answer, and to put himself, his friends, and even some of those worlds at risk in the process. This is the legendary novel by multiple Hugo winner Mike Resnick that became the only American winner of France’s coveted Prix Tour Eiffel and it’s 100,000-franc grand prize.
Keith Doyle and Holl, one of the Little Folk, set off on an educational tour to find their roots. Keith knows his family comes from the south of Ireland, but Holl’s people lost contact with their relatives long ago. On a tour of archaeological digs, Keith recklessly falls prey not only to local smugglers, but magical beings who are far less friendly than the ones back home. Holl, who needs to secure a rare flower to permit him to marry his beloved, Maura, has no choice but to summon the Master, head of his village, and Diane, Keith’s girlfriend. Together, they must rescue Keith from his own folly and solve the mystery of the disappearance of the Little Folk...
Holl, Keith Doyle’s best friend, has finally tied the knot with his beloved, Maura in the Little Folks’ new home, Hollow Tree Farm. Keith has good news of his own: he has started on an internship as a copywriter with a Chicago advertising agency, coming up with slogans and designs for new products, but the project he is really enthusiastic over is chasing air sprites in a hot air balloon. Unfortunately, one of the agency’s client businesses is using the Little Folks’ land as a dump for toxic waste. Holl’s young cousin Dola sees them do it, but they see her, too. To prevent anyone else from finding out, then men kidnap her and Holl and Maura’s new baby, Asrai. All of the Little Folk are called in to hunt for them. Keith reaches out to the new and wonderful air creatures he’s found in hopes of bringing the baby and her brave guardian back to the farm.
The second volume, Invisible Moon, takes place in a small haven called Silvertown, in upstate New York, where a journalist named Meredith has just received news of the murder of her father – Michael Langbein. But before he died, he sent her a clue to his death and to the strange and terrifying changes taking place all around the world: a page from the mysterious Prime Edda.
With the help of her lover Shingo, and the photographer Weird Harold, Meredith begins to investigate as a terrible winter settles over the world... and everything begins to change. Technology no longer works. Electricity fails. Vehicles are turning into mythological creatures... and so are the people – including Meredith herself, who may be turning into the Russian witch, Baba Yaga...
Have you ever wondered what successful authors submitted to publishers? Ever wanted to peek over their shoulders and see their synopses or outlines, the ones that landed a book contract (and maybe even the ones that were rejected)?
Now’s your chance.
Contained within these pages are never-before-seen story submissions by international bestsellers, grandmasters, multi-award winners, and rising stars, each with an original biography and introduction.
But what about the publisher’s response? You’ll find some of those here too. Have you ever assumed an editor would accept whatever a heavyweight author gives them? This collection proves that even a successful writer may be asked to rethink, rewrite, and resubmit—and that’s if the editor likes it well enough in the first place.
Selected by Christopher Sirmons Haviland over a span of ten years, these real story submissions in their context will supplement all those “how to write and submit” books by showing you how it’s done.