Scenting the Dark and Other Stories

by Mary Robinette Kowal
Release date: November 25, 2009
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, fantasy, short stories

These things await you: Love and hope in the aftermath of a very personal environmental apocalypse. Fear that comes in being trapped in your own body, enslaved by your own faulty synapses. Dread in a cure that works in unexpected ways. Discovery of what you've always known, but couldn't face, about your own lover.

Explore these and more in the seven beautiful, wounded landscapes of Scenting the Dark, the first collection from Campbell Award-winner Mary Robinette Kowal. Her lean, vigorous style has been satisfying readers since 2006, including multiple appearances in Year's Best lists. The stories here lay bare the ways we try to prevent, contain and repair the damaged world around us, the further harm we can cause by trying, and why every moment of joyous, defiant struggle is worth it – if you have love enough, and hope.


  • Portrait of Ari
  • Death Comes but Twice
  • Some Other Day
  • Just Right
  • Scenting the Dark
  • Locked in
  • This Little Pig
  • Jaiden’s Weaver
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