Speculative fiction is a broad umbrella category of narrative fiction referring to any fiction story that includes elements, settings and characters whose features are created out of imagination and speculation rather than based on attested reality and everyday life. That encompasses the genres of science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, horror, alternative history, and magic realism.
There have been many events in the past 230 years of
the half-magical race of the Deryni that were too short to turn into
novels. Katherine Kurtz has been writing these when not occupied with
longer works, and they are now collected here. Some have appeared in
books and other sources now hard to locate. More than half of the
fiction is new - including a major story of how Denis Arilan became
the first Deryni priest in 200 years.
Katherine Kurtz has
provided an introduction and individual headings for each story to
indicate her feelings and intents in writing each tale. Additionally,
there is the complete first story she ever wrote - the first version
of her Deryni vision, and how it all came about.
For all the myriad lovers of the Deryni, this should be a must book - both for pleasure and as a reference.