"Twelve good writers, cutting free of commercial and canonical
limitations, make an anthology that goes way beyond 'experimental'
- Ursula K. Le Guin
"Polyphony is like a box of fine chocolates. I devoured them all
in one sitting -- all the nutty caramels, the chewy nougats, and the
ones with the tang of sweet orange in their centers. It’s a rich
collection indeed, with new work by, for instance, Andy Duncan,
Carol Emshwiller, Leslie What, and absolutely fresh flavors from
new writers such as Vandana Singh and Victoria Elisabeth Garcia.
Every piece is a delight. Truly, you can open this book anywhere
and know you'll be biting into a toothsome morsel. Impossible to
say which are my favorites, but thankfully I don't have to choose.
Just open the box of chocolates and dive in."
- Molly Gloss
Author of Wild Life, The Jump-Off Creek, and The Dazzle of Day
"Face it: for the most part, SF, Fantasy and Horror -- the genres of
the ostensibly fantastic -- have long ago hit the snooze button and
rolled back over for a long lazy hibernation, while the world outside
their bedchamber ferments and explodes in ways almost too bizarre to
imagine. But now comes an irresistible wake-up call. The stellar new
original anthology series Polyphony is a fizzy bottle of champagne
sprayed across the sleepers’ faces. Old hands -- Shepard and Emshwiller
-- consort with newer writers -- Duncan and McHugh -- and first-timers --
Singh and Garcia -- to produce a slipstream banquet that is truly a
many-voiced paean to the inexhaustible possibilities of the literature
of the marvelous."
- Paul Di Filippo
Author of A Mouthful of Tongues
"So far, most of the remarkable slipstream fiction being published today has
been falling into the chasm between genre and literary fiction. Genre science
fiction and fantasy magazines seem designed to put such stories only into the
hands of people guaranteed to be disappointed by them; mainstream literary
publications are uncomfortable with anything that carries the whiff of genre.
Polyphony is the promised land for readers of the strange, miraculous, and
speculative. Cross the river and enter."
- John Kessel
Author of Corrupting Dr. Nice, The Pure Product, and
Good News from Outer Space
"Polyphony means 'many voices.' Or 'two or more independent melodic parts
sounded together.' This first volume of Polyphony lives up to both definitions.
It offers an array of strong voices and arranges them so as to showcase not only
their harmonies but also their distinctions. Established voices like Lucius
Shepard’s, Andy Duncan’s, Carol Emshwiller’s, and Maureen McHugh’s chime
provocatively with the haunting new voices of Victoria Elizabeth Garcia and
Vandana Singh. The reader also hears terrific solos by Leslie What, Ray
Vukcevich, Carrie Vaugh, Douglas Lain, and James Van Pelt, and a stunning
11-part recitative by Bruce Holland Rogers, a whole concert in itself.
"Polyphony is a stirring venture. Anyone attuned to first-rate storytelling
will applaud its debut and eagerly await performances to come."
- Michael Bishop
Author of Brittle Innings, Blue Kansas Sky, and the forthcoming
Brighten to Incandescence: 17 Stories
"Leslie [What’s] comic stories are indeed fun to read, but I’ve noticed
quite often that there is a serious aftertaste when the bubbles and froth
have disappeared. That’s very nice. ‘Blind Date With the Invisible Man’
is one of those stories that linger afterward."
- Kate Wilhelm
"Philip K. Dick would have admired Douglas Lain’s ‘The Sea Monkey Conspiracy,’
and would have been unsettled by it, for the same reason -- he would have seen
himself in the alienated young narrator/protagonist. He might have argued that
it’s a sequel to -- and perhaps better than -- his 1979 story ‘The Exit Door
- Paul Williams
Author of Only Apparently Real: The World of Philip K. Dick
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