The Gift of Joy by Ian Whates

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A collection pf 18 stories, 5 original to this collection plus 13 that have appeared previously in various venues, including both pieces featured in the science journal Nature and the BSFA Award shortlisted title story. 18 tales that take you to distant futures and disturbing tomorrows, to strange new worlds and others that may seem uncomfortably familiar.

“Planetary escapades and vivid battle action rub shoulders with charming yet eerie rural tales and with perilous urban nightmares.” Ian Watson

“Ian Whates has a way with words and a storyteller's sensibility… Definitely one to watch.” Jon Courtenay Grimwood.

“Darkly funny tales of the unexpected, with a deft science-fictional turn of the knife.” Ken MacLeod

“It is his characters who live through the story and make the reader need to know just how it’s all going to pan out, human characters who may seem familiar but then there’s that one thing, that shifted alteration that changes the world and changes the reader too.” Michael Cobley in Interzone.
 

About Ian Whates

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Published June 11, 2011 by NewCon Press. 256 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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Whates's first collection gathers 18 tales spanning the genres from fantasy to soft science fiction, ghost story to space opera.

May 08 2009 | Read Full Review of The Gift of Joy

The British Fantasy Society

That “The Final Hour” – which features seconds ticking away between paragraphs, an interesting effect spoilt by dialogue that would take much more than a second to say – was rejected by the anthology for which it was written.

Oct 29 2011 | Read Full Review of The Gift of Joy

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