In the Shadow of the Towers: Speculative Fiction in a Post-9/11 World

By Douglas Lain

In the Shadow of the Towers compiles approximately twenty works of speculative fiction responding to and encouraged by way of the occasions of Sep 11, from writers trying to confront, rebuild, and keep it up, even within the face of overwhelming emotion.

Writer and editor Douglas Lain provides a thought-provoking anthology that includes numerous award-winning and best-selling authors, from Jeff VanderMeer (Annihilation) and Cory Doctorow (Little Brother) to Susan Palwick (Flying in position) and James Morrow (Towing Jehovah). referring to subject matters as wide-ranging as politics, morality, or even heartfelt nostalgia, today’s speculative fiction writers end up that the rubric of the wonderful deals an incomparable view into how we reply to tragedy.

Each contributor, in his or her personal manner, contemplates a similar question:

How will we proceed dreaming within the shadow of the towers?

Skyhorse Publishing, less than our evening coloration and Talos imprints, is proud to put up a wide diversity of titles for readers drawn to technology fiction (space opera, time trip, demanding SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fable (grimdark, sword and sorcery, modern city myth, steampunk, replacement history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and lots more and plenty extra. whereas now not each identify we put up turns into a brand new York instances bestseller, a countrywide bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we're devoted to publishing caliber books from a various crew of authors.

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Don’t move. Please. Breath escaped her like smoke from a hearth burned all the way down to coal and ash. She collapsed opposed to the wall of the outhouse. imaginative and prescient became to pinpricks, she crumpled like paper and died. “Everything ok in there? ” The thumping at the door made the full outhouse shake. Jessica lurched to her ft. Her chest burned like she’d been respiring acid. You’re ok. “I’m superb. Gimme a moment. ” Jessica plucked the pad off the outhouse ground, ripped it open and glued it at the crotch of her bloody denims, zipped them up. She zipped her coat to her chin. She felt powerful. Invincible. She unlocked the door. the 2 ladies have been correct there, eyes monstrous and anxious and in her company. “You didn’t need to wait,” Jessica stated. “How outdated are you, fifteen? We waited,” the motive force acknowledged as they climbed again into the truck. “We’re unlikely to allow you to hitchhike,” stated the tattooed woman. “Especially now not you. ” “Why no longer me? ” Jessica slammed the truck door in the back of her. “Most of the lifeless and lacking women are First countries. ” “You imagine I’m an Indian? Fuck you. Am I on a reserve? ” the driving force glared at her buddy as she became the truck again onto the street. “Sorry,” the tattooed woman stated. “Do i glance like an Indian? ” “Well, kinda. ” “Fuck you. ” Jessica leaned at the window, gazing the road indicators peel through as they rolled towards Prince George. once they bought to town the invincible feeling was once gone. the driving force insisted on taking her correct to Gran’s. “Thanks,” Jessica stated as she slid out of the truck. the motive force waved. “Remember, no hitchhiking. ” September eight, 2001 Jessica by no means hitchhiked. She wasn’t silly. yet Prince George was once opened up. The bus ran probably as soon as an hour weekdays and infrequently in any respect on weekends, and while the elements grew to become chilly you may freeze to dying attempting to stroll all over the place. So yeah, she took rides whilst she might, if she knew the driving force. After her Saturday shift she’d began jogging down the road. mother didn’t comprehend she was once coming. Jessica had attempted to get via thrice from the fuel station cell, left voice mails. mother didn’t regularly decide up—usually didn’t—and whilst she did it used to be a few excuse approximately her telephone battery or connection. mother used to be operating as a cook dinner at a retreat heart out by means of Tabor Lake. A two-hour stroll, yet mother could get a person to force her again to Gran’s. merely seven o’clock yet getting chilly and the wind had arise. Semis bombed down the street, stirring up the trash and making it dance at her ft and fly in her face as she walked alongside the trench. It wasn’t even darkish whilst the auto pulled over to the part of the street. “Are you Jessica? ” the fellow seemed traditional. Baseball cap, hoodie. Somebody’s dad attempting to glance younger. “Yeah,” Jessica stated. “Your mother despatched me to choose you up. ” A semi honked because it blasted previous his automobile. A McDonald’s wrapper flipped throughout the air and smacked her behind the top. She received in. the auto used to be skunky with pot smoke. She virtually didn’t discover whilst he handed the Tabor Lake turnoff. “That was once the turn,” she acknowledged. “Yeah, she’s no longer there.

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