The Devil Delivered and Other Tales by Steven Erikson

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Steven Erikson has carved a name for himself among the pantheon of great fantasy writers. But his masterful storytelling and prose style go beyond the awe-inspiring Malazan world. In The Devil Delivered and Other Tales, Erikson tells three different, but captivating stories:

“The Devil Delivered" tells a story set within the near future, where the land owned by the great Lakota Nation blisters beneath an ozone hole the size of the Great Plains. As the natural world falls victim to its wrath, and scientists scramble to understand it, a lone anthropologist wanders the deadlands, recording observations that threaten to bring the entire world to its knees.

“Revolvo” takes place in an alternate Earth where evolution took an interesting turn and  the arts scene is ruled by technocrats who thrive in a secret, nepotistic society of granting agencies, bursaries, and peer-review boards, all designed to permit self-proclaimed artists to survive without an audience. 

"Fishin’ with Grandma Matchie" is told in the voice a nine-year-old boy, writing the story of his summer vacation. What starts as a typical recount of a trip to see Grandma quickly becomes a stunning fantastical journey into imagination and perception in the wild world that Grandma Matchie inhabits.

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About Steven Erikson

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Archaeologist and anthropologist Steven Erikson's debut novel, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award. His New York Times bestselling series, 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen, has been hailed as a masterpiece of epic fantasy. He lives in Cornwall. To find out more, visit www.malazanempire.com and www.stevenerikson.com
 
Published June 19, 2012 by Tor Books. 337 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Human evolution ties together—with varying success—the first two novellas in this collection from best-selling author Erikson (Malazan: Book of the Fallen series), while the third is a tall tale inspiring youngsters to engage their imagination.

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City Book Review

Although mainly science fiction in form, there are overtones of both supernatural and fantasy as we watch the final days in the life of one scientist who ignores the imminence of his own death to continue observing the adaptation of some species out in the desert.

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Fantasy Literature

His new collection of novellas, The Devil Delivered and Other Tales, has no connection to the Malazan world at all, but does employ humor, satire, and fantasy.

Jul 24 2012 | Read Full Review of The Devil Delivered and Other...

Los Angeles Review of Books

The narrator introduces the idea that Neanderthal DNA might live on in the human population — a plausible scientific theory — and then portrays the throwback as a savage hunter with no knowledge of human society, ignoring the fact that he must have been born to and raised by human parents, as wel...

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