The intriguing futuristic dystopian story begun with The Lost Puzzler continues in this expansive speculative science fiction adventure.
There is nothing out of the ordinary in waking up... unless you’re dead.
Sent on a dangerous mission with little hope of succeeding, the man known as “Twinkle Eyes” has beaten the odds and found the key that could save civilization: Rafik, a teenage boy with the power to unlock the invaluable Tarakan technology that can restart their world. But the world might not be ready for what is unleashed, and now Twinkle Eyes must find a needle in a haystack in order to save himself... and perhaps the world.
This time, though, he will not go it alone. And while his companions — from the fiery Vincha to the laconic Galinak — have their own motivations, each will be vital in solving the last grand puzzle. One that could bring prosperity and progress to the world or destroy humanity’s last hope for ascension.
Now, a lone assassin from another era, two old friends, a dead man, a ruthless rogue mercenary, and a vicious warlord are all hunting for the ultimate prize. But what will happen when the final secret is unlocked, and technology long since buried once again finds its way into the hands of mankind?
What Will Come After: The Complete Zombie Stories of Scott Edelman will be published in early 2010 by PS Publishing. This collection contains the complete zombie stories of Scott Edelman.
Scott Edelman is an American science fiction, fantasy, and horror writer and editor. His website can be found here.
Here's a description of What Will Come After: The Complete Zombie Stories of Scott Edelman from the publisher's website:
During the three decades Scott Edelman has dedicated himself to the short story, his fiction has been called "darkly hopeful," "deep, disturbing, and emotionally draining," and "unnerving work that peers into the darkest corner of the human soul and makes one fear what lurks at the bottom of that abyss – but also makes it impossible to look away."
In these nine tales, you'll also discover that long before the current craze of mashing up mindless shamblers with the literary classics, Edelman was remixing zombies with "Romeo and Juliet," "Our Town," and other famous fictional worlds.
In the Stoker Award finalist "A Plague on Both Your Houses," you'll visit a post-apocalyptic Manhattan that reads like a fever dream created by George Romero collaborating with William Shakespeare, in which the living son of the mayor of New York City falls in love with the daughter of the zombie king.
In "Almost the Last Story by Almost the Last Man," another Stoker nominee, you'll lock yourself in a library as a writer struggles to keep his sanity by making sense of the zombie uprising the only way he knows how.
And in "What Will Come After," original to this volume, you'll learn what happens to Scott Edelman himself when he faces his own inevitable end.
Gathering his complete zombie fiction to date, Almost the Last Stories proves that the undead can be more than just rampaging braineaters – though you'll find plenty of gory gorging in these pages as well – but also a lens through which we can see that the living and the living dead are not so very different after all.
A REVIEW OF WHAT WILL COME AFTER: THE COMPLETE ZOMBIE STORIES OF SCOTT EDELMAN
The nominees for the 2009 Nebula Awards are:
Hooves and the Hovel of Abdel Jameela, Saladin Ahmed
I Remember the Future, Michael A. Burstein
Non-Zero Probabilities, N. K. Jemisin
Spar, Kij Johnson
Going Deep, James Patrick Kelly
Bridesicle, Will McIntosh
The Gambler, Paolo Bacigalupi
Vinegar Peace, or the Wrong-Way Used-Adult Orphanage, Michael Bishop
I Needs Must Part, The Policeman Said, Richard Bowes
Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast, Eugie Foster
Divining Light, Ted Kosmatka
A Memory of Wind, Rachel Swirsky
The Women of Nell Gwynne’s, Kage Baker
Arkfall, Carolyn Ives Gilman
Act One, Nancy Kress
Shambling Towards Hiroshima, James Morrow
Sublimation Angels, Jason Sanford
The God Engines, John Scalzi
The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi
The Love We Share Without Knowing, Christopher Barzak
Flesh and Fire, Laura Anne Gilman
The City & The City, China Miéville
Boneshaker, Cherie Priest
Finch, Jeff VanderMeer
Kage Baker died January 31, 2010 of cancer at home in Pismo Beach, CA.
Kage Baker was best known for her Company series of time travel novels and stories. She also wrote fantasy, notably Mythopoeic finalist The Anvil of the World (2003) and World Fantasy Award-nominated sequel The House of the Stag (2008). In 1999, she was a finalist for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
Kelly Gay's The Better Part of Darkness is the first book of a new urban fantasy series. It's Kelly Gay's debut book. It was released in November 2009. The second book, The Darkest Edge of Dawn, will be released in August 2010.
Kelly Gay's official website can be found here.
A REVIEW OF KELLY GAY'S THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS
Blake Charlton is a fantasy author, whose debut book, Spellwright, will be published soon by Tor Books. Spellwright is the first book of The Spellwright Trilogy. The other books will be Spellbound and Disjunction.
Blake Charlton is also a medical student and he's working to establish a dual career in fiction and medicine. His website can be found here.
A REVIEW OF BLAKE CHARLTON'S SPELLWRIGHT