The Best of Lucius Shepard by Lucius Shepard

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Lucius Shepard writes from the darkest, truest heart of America -- not the heart of the United States or of North America, but all of America -- and he writes of it with rare passion, honesty and intelligence. His earliest stories, the ones that made his name a quarter of a century ago were set in the jungles of South America and filled with creatures dark and fantastical. Stories like "Salvador", "The Jaguar Hunter", and the excoriatingly brilliant "R&R" deconstructed war and peace in South America, in both the past and the future, like no other writer of the fantastic.

A writer of great talent and equally great scope, Shepard has also written of the seamier side of the United States at home in classic stories like "Life of Buddha" and "Dead Money", and in "Only Partly Here" has written one of the finest post-9/11 stories yet. Perhaps strangest of all, Shepard created one of the greatest sequence of "dragon" stories we've seen in the tales featuring the enormous dragon, Griaule.

The Best of Lucius Shepard is the first ever career retrospective collection from one of the finest writers of the fantastic to emerge in the United States over the past quarter century. It contains nearly 300,000 words of his best short fiction and is destined to be recognized as a true classic of the field.

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Lucius Shepard is a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award and has also received the Hugo, Locus, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards for science fiction writing. His work has appeared in "Asimov's Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Omni, Playboy, "and" Spin. "He is the author of "Green Eyes, A Handbook of American Prayer," and" Life During Wartime, "and the collected stories in "Two Trains Running." He lives in Vancouver, Washington.
Published October 18, 2011 by Subterranean Press. 600 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Strange Horizons

Shepard's career thus far, opening the volume with "The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule," a story that helped to make his name when it was first published in 1984, and working (roughly) chronologically through to "Stars Seen Through Stone" (2007).

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