Leviathan 4 by Jay Lake
Cities (v. 4)

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Following up on the World Fantasy Award-winning Leviathan 3, Leviathan 4 is a Baedeker of the fantastical, exploring the character of cities and the city as character, mapping the streets of the imagination. This fourth volume of the Leviathan series takes the reader to a variety of cities in all their splendor and decadence. Explore the streets of the imagination, wander the byways, and hear the stories of these fantastical foci with such authors as Philip K. Dick Award winner Stepan Chapman, International Horror Guild Award Winner Michael Cisco, and "The Etched City" author KJ Bishop. What others have said about previous volumes in the Leviathan series: "Literary decadence is the credo of Leviathan: elaborately languorous prose, ambitious and sometimes esoteric symbolism, flamboyant grotesquerie, the sensibility of the sophisticatedly jaded aesthete. This is a recipe for fine, unusual writing, for startlingly unconventional textual effects; Leviathan . . . is a feast for palates this way inclined . . . Decadent fantasy has rarely had this attractive and substantial a vehicle." -- Nick Gevers, Locus ". . . The variety and ambition of this compilation mandates that lovers of speculative fiction consider it for their own self-defined libraries." -- Publishers Weekly Contents: Michael Cisco, "The City of God" Ben Peek, "The Dreaming City" Jay Lake, "The Soul Bottles" Catherine Kasper, "Encyclopedia of Ubar" Allan Kausch, "Mimosa in Heligola" KJ Bishop, "We the Enclosed" Stepan Chapman, "The Revenge of the Calico Cat" Darla Beasley, "The City of Lost Languages" Ursula Pflug, "The Wizard of Wardenclyffe" Tim Jarvis, "The Imaginary Anatomy of a Horse"
 

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JAY LAKE lives and works in Portland, Oregon, within sight of an 11,000-foot volcano. He is the author of over two hundred short stories, four collections, and a chapbook, along with ten novels. In 2004, Lake won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He has also been a Hugo nominee for his short fiction and a three-time World Fantasy Award nominee for his editing. www.jlake.com
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Night Shade Books. 235 pages
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Also memorable are Stepan Chapman's surreal "The Revenge of the Calico Cat," a wonderfully detailed piece set in the city where toys go after they die, and Ben Peek's "The Dreaming City," in which Mark Twain dreams of an encounter with Cadi, the aboriginal spirit of Australia's Sydney Harbour, an...

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Advertisement Pflug's story, one of the more coherent and entertaining in the book, would have been a good choice to begin Leviathan 4, but instead it is the penultimate story, and Michael Cisco's "The City of God" opens the anthology.

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