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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616961295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616961299
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Once you read [Baker], you’ll understand what all the fuss is about.…So many of these stories were only previously available in special edition printings, or other collections that are out of print, so this new volume from Tachyon Publications is an excellent (and affordable!) way to get your Baker fix.”
The Little Red Reviewer

“Kage Baker’s short fiction is a major part of what makes her such a great author….In the Company of Thieves is an excellent collection.”

“It’s a bittersweet experience, reading posthumous publications of a favorite author written by someone else, and it always leaves me feeling both desperately grateful and bereft. Still, this collection brings Kage Baker’s lyrical style, dark humor, and lovely prose. I adore how her characters come to fully fledged life, no matter what style she uses, and how they stick around, long after I put the book away.”
The Canary

“ This collection…for fans of Baker, old and new…it’s good science fiction (with elements of steampunk) for any reader.”

“I’m not reviewing all the stories here – I need to leave something for you to go and discover yourselves. Take my word for it – they’re good. They’re all different. The writing is ace. There’s humour. There’s sadness. There’s steampunk gadgets and, did I mention, the giant chickens. Go and read them for yourself.”
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About the Author

Kage Baker is the author of The Company novels, her series of immortal, time-traveling cyborgs, including In the Garden of Iden, Mendoza in Hollywood, and The Sons of Heaven. Baker received the Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon awards. She was passionately involved in the theater as an actor, director, playwright, and teacher of Elizabethan English as a second language, which she often used for research in her novels.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on October 29, 2013
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In the Company of Thieves (2013) is a SF collection of stories in the Company universe. It contains six stories. The last tale has not been previously published.

- "The Carpet Beds of Sutro Park" (The Best of Kage Baker, 2012) concerns a Company cyborg and a woman dying from cancer.

- "The Unfortunate Gytt" (Adventure, 2005) takes a new initiate into the Gentlemen's Speculative Society on a Scottish foray.

- "The Women of Nell Gwynne's" (The Women of Nell Gwynne's, 2009) introduces Lady Beatrice and the other ladies of Nell Gwynne's house of prostitution.

- "Mother Aegypt" (Mother Aegypt, 2004) presents the medieval con artist Golesco and the immortal Mother Aegypt. It is a very humorous story.

- "Rude Mechanicals" (Rude Mechanicals, 2007) follows Joseph and Lewis to the Hollywood Bowl during 1934.

- "Hollywood Ikons" (original, 2013) brings Lewis to Joseph's apartment when his condo is infested with rats.

These tales are mostly about Company operatives or Gentlemen's Speculative Society agents. "Mother Aegypt" could be about a Company cyborg, but the exact nature of the immortality is never revealed. Strangely, none of the stories involve the Martian colonists.

One story comes from The Best of Kage Baker.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joe on November 30, 2013
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Kage Baker was a natural storyteller, and a truly gifted writer whose work hit every note with clarion precision -- plotting, characterization, dialogue, humor, pathos, insight. The world is a lesser place without this wonderful author in it. After her untimely death from cancer, I had sadly resigned myself never to see another Kage Baker book again. This work -- which collects a handful of previously published stories (though not as widely available in her other collections) and one new story, all thanks to the editing of Kage's sister, Kathleen Bartholomew, based on notes that Ms Baker had prepared for her -- was a wonderful surprise for me when announced. It was like something out of a Company story -- unable to change the tragic recorded history of Ms Baker's death, her immortal agents travel back in time to find a final, previously unknown manuscript and husband it away to a future grateful for one last glimpse of this wonderful writer's world. Though I will probably be disappointed, I hope there are similar previously unavailable works that Ms Bartholomew is working on, but I'm thankful if nothing else for this last, unexpected joy. Any fan of Ms Baker should buy this book and enjoy a final journey with her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Jasper on December 4, 2013
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I was very happy to see this anthology, even though in general I prefer novels to short stories. Kage Baker was one of the best science fiction / fantasy authors I've read (and I've read most of them) and her untimely death of cancer in 2010 at age 57 was a great blow. It is a very good thing indeed that her sister, Kathleen Bartholomew, has taken up the task of preserving and extending Kage's work!
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By tom barclay on March 9, 2014
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Kage Baker was a master of both short and long fiction. Storytelling was in her blood, in several ways. she grew up in contact with the film industry (across the road from a legendary silent film set); her mother, a gifted painter, worked as a Hollywood scenic artist. Her aunt, Anne Jeffries, was a noted actress and cinema beauty. She knew well all the historical, mythological, adventure and sf products of film and television, from their very beginnings (If Spielberg hadn't written 'Raiders,' Kage would have come up with something very similar). However, Kage's father was a mail carrier - so she knew not only the high art and craft of storytelling, but also the author's factual duty to deliver on the concept.

How many films are based on some kind of theft, swindle, substitution, diversion, discovery and desperate escape attempt? 'The Maltese Falcon;' the Indiana Jones films and their predecessors; Ray Harryhousen's amazing oeuvre (ohhh, he would have loved Kage's stories!); 'Chinatown,' in its heights and its depths. So many more. Kage Baker was no mere copyist. She understood the elements of human nature that stole and concealed such treasures, and punished those who attempted to recover them. Understood - then led us to experience and understand.

It may sound odd to say that Kage was well-grounded in the arts of imagination and the fantastickal - and yet, that was the case. She was, by all accounts, both earth and otherworldly. The ability to see from those two points of view let Kage Baker assemble a wide range of characters, facts and fancies into unforgettable fictions.

These stories are some of Kage's best work, collected wisely and with brief introductions by her sister, Kathleen Bartholomew. Kathleen is, herself, an able author. Her choices for this volume are well-made, and her few words about each give readers an on-point insight into an astonishing imagination lost much too soon.
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