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Impossibilia [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Smith

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Book Description

Aurora Award Finalist. Short fiction collection that contains an award winner and an award finalist.

The people we meet in Impossiblia are like any of us. They have secrets...fears...desires. Things they keep hidden. Things they keep locked away. Or try to. Only their things are a little...different.

A dead wife that won't leave.
A wolf with a past.
The secret to being the luckiest man alive.

In "Bouquet of Flowers in Vase, by van Gogh," remote viewing drives a search through the past for lost masterpieces. An ex-CIA agent, haunted by the presence of his dead wife, falls in love with a beautiful remote viewer with her own secret. But can viewing the past change the present?

Cree Indian legends, a love triangle, a covert government agency, and shape shifters collide in the award-winning "Spirit Dance," described in Challenging Destiny as "...a vivid and wonderfully written tale about Native Canadian spirits, in the vein of Thomas King."

In "Going Down to Lucky Town," an itinerant gambler chases a streak of luck across the country, while trying to win back the love of his daughter. The secret he finds forces him into the gamble of his life for the highest stakes of all: his daughter's life.

And through all the stories, these characters share one more thing beyond what they hold inside. In the decisions they face, in the choices they make, they do what they do out of love. Lost love, found love, the love of their child. But love.

So maybe they aren't that different from us after all.


Editorial Reviews

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"Three amazing stories that are so unusual and beautiful that no other name than Impossibilia could possibly describe this collection. Each tale was rapture and ecstasy, magical and mysterious, perfect and implausible. In short, I loved them all from the first word to the last. ... READ THIS BOOK!!!" --Mass Movement Magazine
 
"The writing is superb. Douglas Smith is an artisan and his stories beautifully crafted. ... In my search for the perfect short story, the three in this volume certainly qualify." --SF Crowsnest
 
"Sometimes recall the work of better known authors, including Harlan Ellison, Theodore Sturgeon, and Ray Bradbury. But Smith puts such a personal stamp on his stories, and invests them with such depth of feeling, that they transcend the dangers of imitation and emerge as wholly original. ... complex and powerfully emotional stories couched in that deft and smooth prose. [Smith] deserves to be known to by a very wide audience indeed." --Dead Reckonings magazine
 
"Highly, highly recommended." --Fantasy Book Critic
 
"Each story is unique and different, showcasing a different aspect of Douglas Smith's talent. [...] A fun romp that delivered something different [with] stories that are exhilarating, enjoyable, and well above competence." --Speculative Fiction Reviews
 
"A book that ably demonstrates what Smith is capable of as a writer."--Black Static Magazine
  
"Three letter perfect stories behind the expressionist cover art admirably display Mr. Smith's considerable creativity." --Hellnotes
 
"I would very cheerfully read more stories by this author. ... Worth reading: definitely." --International Review of Science Fiction

About the Author

"Doug Smith is, quite simply, the finest short-story writer Canada has ever produced in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and he's also the most prolific. His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think."  --Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids and FlashForward

"A great storyteller with a gifted and individual voice." -- Charles de Lint, award-winning fantasy author

"One of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction." -- Library Journal
 
Douglas Smith is an award-winning author of speculative fiction, with over a million words of fiction sold and over a hundred and fifty story publications in thirty countries and two dozen languages.

He has published three short story collections: Chimerascope (ChiZine Publications, Canada, 2010),Impossibilia, (PS Publishing, UK, 2008), and La Danse des Esprits (Dreampress, France, 2011).

Doug has twice won Canada's Aurora Award for speculative fiction, and have been a finalist for the international John W. Campbell Award, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation's Bookies Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane
 
His website is smithwriter.com and he tweets at twitter.com/smithwritr.

Product Details

  • File Size: 291 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lucky Bat Books (October 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009PPODEU
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"His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think." --Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids and FlashForward

"One of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction." --Library Journal

"A great storyteller with a gifted and individual voice." --Charles de Lint

Hi! I'm an award-winning Canadian author of fantasy, SF, horror, supernatural, and the ever popular "undefinable", with over a hundred story sales in thirty countries and twenty-five languages around the world.

I have won Canada's Aurora Award for speculative fiction three times (most recently in 2013), and have been a finalist for the international John W. Campbell Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, the CBC Bookies award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. I've been an Aurora finalist nineteen times and have several honourable mentions in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror.

My book length works include:

THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD (Lucky Bat Books, 2013) - Urban fantasy novel

CHIMERASCOPE (ChiZine, 2010) - Collection - Finalist for the Sunburst Award, Aurora Award, and CBC Bookies Award

IMPOSSIBILIA (PS Publishing, 2008) - Collection - Finalist for the Aurora Award

LA DANSE DES ESPRITS (Dreampress, 2011) - Collection - Finalist for France's Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane

In 2010, an independent film producer released a multi-award winning short film based on my story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down." Films based on my stories "A State of Disorder" and "Memories of the Dead Man" are also in the works.

Website: smithwriter.com
Twitter: smithwrtr

SELECTED REVIEWS

"Smith's writing, evocative yet understated, gracefully brings to life his imagined realms." -- Quill and Quire *Starred Review*

"Smith paints his worlds so well that you are transported within a paragraph or two and remain in transit until the story ends." --Broken Pencil, The Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts

"Echoes of Stephen King, Richard Matheson, and Clive Barker haunt the halls of Smith's work, but the end result is completely original, and always enthralling." --Cory Redekop

"Douglas Smith is an extraordinary author whom every lover of quality speculative fiction should read." --Fantasy Book Critic

"Smith is definitely an author who deserves to be more widely read." --Strange Horizons

"I've yet to read a work of his that wasn't beautifully written, but more than that, his stories resonate with a deep understanding of the human condition as well as a characteristic wry wonder... Stories you can't forget, even years later." --Julie Czerneda, award-winning author and editor

"An ambitious and adventurous new writer." --Gardner Dozois, author and editor

"Smith is a master of beginnings ... some of the most well-crafted hooks you'll find anywhere: deft introductions to the characters and their not-quite-familiar worlds packed into just a sentence or two that draw the reader in. As for the endings ... Smith's tendency is to forego the shocking twist for endings that feel satisfying and right, a trade-off that I'll take any day." --Canadian Science Fiction Reviews

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