|Winner of the 2012 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Award in the Best Short Story Collection category.
Eight critically acclaimed short stories by Nebula-Award winning author Eugie Foster.
Table of Contents:
- The Life and Times of Penguin
- Running on Two Legs
- Black Swan, White Swan
- The Bunny of Vengeance and the Bear of Death
- A Nose for Magic
- The Center of the Universe
- The Wizard of Eternal Watch
- Mortal Clay, Stone Heart
Praise For “THE LIFE AND TIMES OF PENGUIN”:
Eugie Foster’s “The Life and Times of Penguin” succeeds in being, by turns, funny, thought-provoking, and poignant
—Douglas Hoffman, Tangent
Told from the point of view of a balloon animal penguin, the toy’s brief but eventful life manages to jam in enough existential angst to give Kierkegaard indigestion, an astonishing emotional depth, and yet fully embrace the essentially absurd nature of [Eugie Foster's] story.
—Martin McGrath, The Fix
both touching and uplifting
—Geoff Willmetts, SF Crowsnest
a beautiful fantasy, which employs the trappings of children’s fiction, with adult emotional themes of risk and mortality.
—Talie Helene, ASif
Praise For “RUNNING ON TWO LEGS”:
A wonderful story, one that I enjoyed reading tremendously. It’s one of the best stories I’ve ever critiqued in my years of teaching writing workshops.
a beautiful story—touching without being sentimental, with characters that come believably to life.
the beauty of the language carries one along…It is difficult to write a thoughtful story that features a terminal disease without melodrama, and Eugie Foster achieves it with style.
—E. Sedia, Tangent
Praise For “THE BUNNY OF VENGEANCE AND THE BEAR OF DEATH”:
a profoundly strange supernatural look at the morality of revenge.
—Nick Gevers, Locus
the story is emotionally effective and, impressively, given its subject matter, makes its point through character and story rather than cold rhetoric.
—Ben Payne, Tangent