At the Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson

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I was just as bewitched by this story as by the way Johnson handles the science-fiction material.


The wrenching and provocative debut collection from the author of The Fox Woman and Fudoki. Johnson’s stories have won the Sturgeon and World Fantasy awards and, for the last three years running, the Nebula Award.

Johnson’s stories range from historical Japan (Sturgeon award winner “Fox Magic”) to metafictional explorations of story structure (“Story Kit”). Nebula award winners “Spar” and “Ponies” are perhaps most shocking and captivating, but each of the seventeen stories here is a highlight selected from Johnson’s more than two decades of work.

These stories feature cats, bees, wolves, dogs, and even that most capricious of animals, humans, and have been reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, and The Secret History of Fantasy.

At the Mouth of the River of Bees is one of the most anticipated debut science fiction short story collections in recent years.

About Kij Johnson

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Kij Johnson is the author of several novels, including "The Fox Woman "and "Fudoki," Her short fiction has sold to "Amazing Stories, Analog, Asimov's, Duelist Magazine, Fantasy & Science Fiction, "and "Realms of Fantasy," She won the Theodore A. Sturgeon award for the best short story of 1994 for her novelette in Asimov's, "Fox Magic." In 2001, she won the International Association for the Fantastic in the Art's Crawford Award for best new fantasy novelist of the year. She taught writing and science-fiction writing at Louisiana State University and at the University of Kansas, and has lectured on creativity and writing at bookstores and businesses across the country. Since 1994, she has assisted at the Writer's Workshop for Science Fiction, hosted by the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas. Since 1999, she has taught a series of writing seminars at the GenCon Game Fair. In the past ten years, she has worked as managing editor at Tor Books; collections and special editions editor for Dark Horse Comics; editor, continuity manager and creative director for Wizards of the Coast; and as a program manager on the Microsoft Reader. She has also run chain and independent bookstores, worked as a radio announcer and engineer, edited cryptic crosswords, and waitressed in a strip bar. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with her husband, writer Chris McKitterick, a dog and two cats.
Published September 11, 2012 by Small Beer Press. 300 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on Sep 20 2012

I was just as bewitched by this story as by the way Johnson handles the science-fiction material.

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