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The Resource Crossroads : tales of the southern literary fantastic, edited by F. Brett Cox and Andy Duncan

Crossroads : tales of the southern literary fantastic, edited by F. Brett Cox and Andy Duncan

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Crossroads : tales of the southern literary fantastic
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Crossroads
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tales of the southern literary fantastic
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edited by F. Brett Cox and Andy Duncan
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Tales of the southern literary fantastic
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  • The crossroads in the title of this unique anthology refers to the intersection between southern letters and the literature of the fantastic, encompassing sf as well as fantasy. All the contributors hail from the South and constitute a diverse medley of veterans, rising stars, and relative newcomers. Sf grandmaster Gene Wolfe contributes a grisly tale of Texas voodoo in “Houston, 1943,” in which a child becomes trapped in his own nightmare. “My Life Is Good,” by renowned sf editor Scott Edelman, puts a physicist in the awkward position of traveling back in time to prevent singer Randy Newman (a New Orleans native) from becoming president. In “Rose,” perhaps the volume’s most striking entry, best-selling mainstream author Bret Lott adds another grim detail to the life of Emily Grierson, the groom-slaying heroine of Faulkner’s classic “A Rose for Emily.” Twenty-six entertaining tales in all, from the darkly disturbing to the bitingly satirical, showcase southern writers’ enduring penchant for fusing southern sensibility and magical realism. -- Carl Hays (BookList, 09-01-2004, p74)
  • The lines between genre fiction and literary fiction are constantly blurring, as evidenced by this collection of 18 sf and fantasy stories. How readers feel about these stories will likely depend on their perception and definition of Southern literature, the book's putative focus. Cox, who has published literary criticism, essays, and reviews in many journals, and Duncan (Beluthahatchie and Other Stories ), winner of the World Fantasy Award, have each contributed a story and selected living writers associated with the region, hoping that readers will respond with some sense of recognition, e.g., "That's just how I feel" or "I never thought of that before." Some of the authors will be unfamiliar to readers who don't read sf or fantasy. But others are well-known authors of general fiction—e.g., Bret Lott, Sena Jeter Naslund, Daniel Wallace, and Brad Watson—who often use elements of fantasy in their work. The great surprises are poets Honoree Fanonne Jeffers and Fred Chappell and relative newcomer Marian Carache, all of whom use economy of language and near perfect detail to create transcendent stories. Ultimately, however, the selections here feel somewhat arbitrary; no argument is made for a subgenre of Southern fantasy. Recommended only where interest warrants.—Pam Kingsbury, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence --Pam Kingsbury (Reviewed November 15, 2004) (Library Journal, vol 129, issue 19, p49)
  • An anthology of fantasy with a pronounced southern flavor.The contributors make up a good cross-section of the field, with a handful of major genre award-winners, including Gene Wolfe, John Kessel, Michael Swanwick, and Michael Bishop, as well as Duncan himself. On the whole, the quality is up to the expectations that this list of names would raise. But while the stories have in common a vaguely southern setting, along with some tendency toward the gothic in subject matter, the variety of approaches may surprise some readers. Wolfe's "Houston, 1943" injects echoes of Peter Pan in a small boy's nightmare; Swanwick's "The Last Geek" brings the title character to a university as guest lecturer; and Kessel's "Every Angel is Terrifying" gives an escaped felon as his guardian a cat that fulfills his every wish. Entries by some of the less-familiar names include Scott Edelman's "My Life is Good," about aliens, obsessed with Randy Newman, who force a humorless scientist to monitor the songwriter's entire life through time travel; Bud Webster's "Christus Destitutus," where Jesus decides to die again in a homeless shelter; and Mark L. Van Name's quasi-psychedelic "Boar Lake." The anthology also includes a number of strong stories from an African-American perspective, including Honoree Fanonne Jeffers's "A Plate of Mojo," a dialect account of a plantation cook's life, and Kalamu Ya Salaam's "Alabama," a spare and stark examination of what lynching meant, not just to the victims but to the perpetrators. And on the science fiction end of the spectrum, Jack McDevitt takes a sobering look at the effects on a small town of the abandonment of the space effort.Judging by evidence here, the southern storytelling tradition is clearly alive and well. (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2004)
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no index present
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short stories
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  • 1958-
  • 1964-
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  • Cox, F. Brett
  • Duncan, Andy
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  • Fantasy fiction, American
  • American fiction
  • Southern States
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tales of the Southern literary fantastic
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Crossroads : tales of the southern literary fantastic, edited by F. Brett Cox and Andy Duncan
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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A plate of mojo / Honorée Fanonne Jeffers -- The wounded / Richard Butner -- The map to the homes of the stars / Andy Duncan -- Under construction / James Sallis -- Houston, 1943 / Gene Wolfe -- See my king all dressed in red / James L. Cambias -- My life is good / Scott Edelman -- Rose / Bret Lott -- Boar Lake / Mark L. Van Name -- The mission / Jack McDevitt -- The moon and the stars / Marian Carcache -- The specialist's hat / Kelly Link -- Christus destitutus / Bud Webster -- Ool Athag / Don Webb -- The Yukio Mishima Cultural Association of Kudzu Valley, Georgia / Michael Bishop -- The last geek / Michael Swanwick -- Slippered feet / Daniel Wallace -- Alabama / Kalamu ya Salaam -- Madeline's version / F. Brett Cox -- Tchoupitoulas bus stop / Lynn Pitts -- Water dog god : a ghost story / Brad Watson -- Mankind journeys through forests of symbols / Fred Chappell -- The Mikado's favorite song / Marian Moore -- The perfecting of the Chopin valse no. 14 in E minor / Sena Jeter Naslund -- Making faces / Ian McDowell -- Every angel is terrifying / John Kessel
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499650
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
380 pages
Isbn
9780765308139
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(hardcover : acid-free paper)
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2004046030
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) i9780765308139
  • (Sirsi) ADQ-1835
Label
Crossroads : tales of the southern literary fantastic, edited by F. Brett Cox and Andy Duncan
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Publication
Note
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
A plate of mojo / Honorée Fanonne Jeffers -- The wounded / Richard Butner -- The map to the homes of the stars / Andy Duncan -- Under construction / James Sallis -- Houston, 1943 / Gene Wolfe -- See my king all dressed in red / James L. Cambias -- My life is good / Scott Edelman -- Rose / Bret Lott -- Boar Lake / Mark L. Van Name -- The mission / Jack McDevitt -- The moon and the stars / Marian Carcache -- The specialist's hat / Kelly Link -- Christus destitutus / Bud Webster -- Ool Athag / Don Webb -- The Yukio Mishima Cultural Association of Kudzu Valley, Georgia / Michael Bishop -- The last geek / Michael Swanwick -- Slippered feet / Daniel Wallace -- Alabama / Kalamu ya Salaam -- Madeline's version / F. Brett Cox -- Tchoupitoulas bus stop / Lynn Pitts -- Water dog god : a ghost story / Brad Watson -- Mankind journeys through forests of symbols / Fred Chappell -- The Mikado's favorite song / Marian Moore -- The perfecting of the Chopin valse no. 14 in E minor / Sena Jeter Naslund -- Making faces / Ian McDowell -- Every angel is terrifying / John Kessel
Control code
499650
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
380 pages
Isbn
9780765308139
Isbn Type
(hardcover : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2004046030
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780765308139
  • (Sirsi) ADQ-1835

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