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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

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We all have things we hide away inside--secrets, fears, aspects of ourselves we keep locked away. Or try to.

In that respect, the characters we meet in Douglas Smith's Impossibilia are like any of us. They have things inside them too. Only their things are a little... different.

A dead wife that won't leave. A wolf. 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 an ultimate gamble 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 a child. But love.

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1136 KB
  • Print Length: 115 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lucky Bat Books (October 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,560,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

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"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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cindie Geddes on February 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Douglas Smith has heart. You can feel it in every one of his stories. Reading Impossibilia is like taking a journey through the breadth and depth of human emotion. Love, loss, yearning, comfort, pain -- it's all from the heart. His characters are at once so unique and so universal that you can't help but feel for them. Yes, there are great ideas and fascinating concepts. Yes, the plots will keep you turning pages. But for me, it was the simple connections between people that kept me coming back. I highly recommend this collection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Qrose on June 25, 2015
Format: Paperback
I don't read Speculative Fiction for the spaceships, dragons or fairies. I read it because I love exploring other peoples' ideas, emotional interactions, and imaginations. When a story sets me to musing about its intricate weave of characters, actions, and emotions, and wondering how the author came up with 'that' idea I'm happy to have invested my time. Time is precious, finite, and slips through fingers as easily as air.
The stories in Impossibilia gave me a wonderful return on my investment.
Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by Van Gogh is a unique time travel story. If I was given one word to describe the story, I'd use Passion. Love, death, loss, and rebirth, the highs and lows of human life flow throughout these pages. All set against the backdrop of the vibrant, mesmerizing, and compelling paintings of Van Gogh.
Spirit Dance is our very first introduction to the Heroka--not your everyday full-moon, bloodthirsty shapeshifters. As ancient Indian legends tell, these shifters are quite happy to live and let live. Just don't provoke them, you will not like what happens.
Going Down to Lucky Town tells us the story of a con-man with an unusual gift. Pursuing a streak of luck around Ontario, he discovers that one of the loves of his life has died, leaving his other love in the not-so-tender hands of the System. He tries to use his 'gift' to protect his daughter, but his past refuses to leave him alone. Will he win or lose?
This collection concludes with the opening chapter of Wolf at the End of the World--Doug's first novel about the Heroka. I'm waiting, not so patiently, for the next one.
Gambling your time and money on these stories will return so much more than you invested.
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