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Deborah Layne
Posted on Saturday, March 22, 2003 - 08:00 pm:   

Polyphony 2 is in the production homestretch and I expect it to be available for purchase from the website shortly after April 1. No foolin'.

If you already ordered P2 when you ordered P1 I will begin shipping those orders around April 2.

Here's what a few of the early readers have said about P2...

"With the triumphant arrival of Polyphony 2, it seems clear that we need
to stop thinking of slipstream that stuff that is not quite science fiction but lies just north of mainstream. These stories don't lurk at the edge of any other genre, thank you very much! Rather they lay claim to wondrous territory all their own. In story after story, Polyphony makes the case for sensibility that spans literary generations, from another of Lucius Shepard's instant classics to the eye-popping debut by Sally Carteret, from Lisa Goldstein's witty reclamation of a hapless wizard to Dianna Rodgers bravura transformation of a magic boy into a man. Here are many of your favorite writers working at the top of their form and a clutch of new talent that will dominate tables of contents for decades to come. Have a seat, put your feet up and listen to the sweet, strange counterpoint of Polyphony 2."
James Patrick Kelly

"All you have to do to convince me a book is going to be great is to tell me there?s a story in it by Carol Emshwiller. Or Lucius Shepard. Or Kit Reed. So I was triply hooked before I even opened Polyphony, Volume 2. And then read on to find even more delights, by old favorites and new.
"I have only one criticism. No matter what Lucius Shepard says, nothing in here is 'The Same Old Story.'"
Connie Willis


"The second volume of Polyphony includes stories by some of the best
writers in science fiction; the one by Carol Emshwiller is worth the
price all by itself."
Kim Stanley Robinson


Jay and I will be at Norwescon with copies of Polyphony 2 as well.

Hope to see you there!

Deborah

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Jonathan Strahan
Posted on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 04:07 pm:   

Dear Deborah

I've read P2 and it's terrific, it's wonderful, everyone should buy it and own it and read it and keep it and love it, but ... I've read it already! I don't want to seem unreasonable or insufferable, but when's #3!?!?

Jonathan
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Deborah
Posted on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 05:27 pm:   

Jonathan,

Thanks for the wonderful words, but ACK! P3? We're still wading through the 300+ submissions we received.

Nonetheless, I do expect to have P3 out in time for World Fantasy, maybe earlier, maybe in time for WorldCon, we'll see.

Til then...

Best wishes,

Deborah


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Jan Z
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 - 08:42 am:   

Hi, Deborah...

Just wanted to say I loved Polyphony -- it's my favorite genre antho of the last few years and I'm delighted to learn that a second helping of great stories is on the horizon. I'm especially pleased that you seem to be attracting good stories from new women writers.

Jan Z
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Deborah
Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2003 - 09:40 am:   

Thanks, Jan. I've been out of town for the past week and just got back to the message board.

It's always good to hear from a happy reader.

:-)

Deborah


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The Unknown Fan
Posted on Friday, April 04, 2003 - 01:53 pm:   

Here's a review of the new Polyphony from Locus:

"After its very promising start last year, the
Polyphony original anthology series from Wheatland
Press continues faithfully on its biannual schedule.
Edited by Deborah Layne with the assistance of Jay
Lake, its stated brief is to offer stories 'that skate
gracefully across the boundaries of science fiction,
fantsy, magic realism, and literary fiction,' a
slipstream ethic in close correspondence with a trend
evident all over the place at the moment, in projects
by, inter alia, Peter Straub (Conjunctions 39), Jeff
VanderMeer and Forest Aguirre (Leviathan 3), and Kelly
Link (Trampoline). The good news is that P2 not only
consolidates and augments the qualities of its
predecessor, but compares well with the competition;
the close encounter of genre with mainstream is
proving profitable.

"Polyphony 2 follows policy with its mix of
established and newer writers. Of the older guard,
Lucius Shepard is particularly on song in 'The Same
Old Story', the latest of his novellas set in or
around the seedy Honduran port of Trujillo. The title
is disarming; but at the end, it clinches a mood of
existential horror that is Shepard's trademark. Pete,
an American attached twenty years ago to the US team
supporting the Nicaraguan contras in their bitter,
dirty campaign against the Sandinistas, still haunts
the former operational staging grounds, a drunken
derelict, surviving on a meager income while he
attempts (incoherently) to confront the memories of
atrocity that are his psychological nemesis. He tells
his tale of covert war over and over, to uninterested
visitors and locals, always skirting or drowning the
truth; ghosts shadow him, giving shape to what he
cannot voice; his plight can only deepen. The novella
is masterfully structured, and Shepard's moody,
alternately fragmentary and lush prose conveys Pete's
living hell as few writers could. An ornate nightmare.
Good work also from Jack Dann ('The Hanging', an
understated variation on the theme of the sins of the
fathers), Michael Bishop ('Andalusian Triptych, 1962',
subtly interconnected vignettes of life in Spain
during the Cuban Missile Crisis), Lisa Goldstein ('The
Arts of Malediction', a sarcastic contemporary
fantasy), Kit Reed ('Into the Jungle', a search for
personal renewal gone slyly awry), and Carol
Emshwiller ('Coo People', a characteristically bizarre
feminist allegory, in which oppositions of species
stand in for gender differences).

"The new authors also display impressive mettle, in
particular the remarkable Theodora Goss, who is
rapidly passing from promise to demonstrable genius.
Her 'Professor Berkowitz Stands on the Threshold' is a
superb oneirism, an ooportunity vouchsafed to an
obscure, not overly successful academic to step
through the gates of dream into -- what? transcendant
inspiration? death? both? Certainly out of his
scholarly mediocrity. The atmosphere and invention
are quite wonderful. Full marks as well to Beth
Bernobich for 'Chrysalide', an opulent study of the
price paid for artistic genius, and its ultimate
compensation; to David Moles for 'Theo's Girl', a
powerful alternate history in which the soldiers of an
immortal Alexander the Great, still conquering foreign
lands after centuries of battle, encounter a goddess
lingering in urban ruins; to Brendan Day for 'Last Man
on Earth', a penetrating portrait of an introverted
Golden Age SF fan, his devotion to seductive illusion;
and to Sally Carteret, whose background in rock music
inculcates her Faustian 'Carlos Manson Lives' with a
frightening raw energy. Alex Irvine, Timalyne Frazier
and Dianna Rodgers contribute less inspired but still
quite creditable work.

"Polyphony 2 will likely be counted among the foremost
anthologies of 2003; Deborah Layne is an editor to
watch."
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Deborah
Posted on Friday, April 04, 2003 - 03:37 pm:   

Dear Unknown,

Didn't I see you at a Saints game some time in the early 80s? :-)

Thanks for posting that!

Best wishes,

Deborah
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Rick T
Posted on Sunday, April 06, 2003 - 10:07 pm:   

Hey, MS. Layne...

That's a heckuva TOC for Polyphony 2. I can' t to order one. In fact, that;'s what I'm going to do right now.

Rick T
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Deborah
Posted on Wednesday, April 09, 2003 - 02:26 pm:   

Thanks, Rick, I appreciate your support.

If anyone is planning to be at Norwescon, we should have copies there. Just look for Jay in a sandwich-board replica of the cover pushing a wheelbarrow full of books.

:-)



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Jay Lake
Posted on Wednesday, April 09, 2003 - 02:37 pm:   

> If anyone is planning to be at Norwescon, we should
> have copies there. Just look for Jay in a sandwich
>-board replica of the cover pushing a wheelbarrow
> full of books.

Made from ergot-laden moldy rye bread, only $5 a lick...

Jay
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 02:24 am:   

Hey, folks!
Just saw a nice review of Polyphony 2 in the August Chronicle, on page 44. Congratulations!!

:-)

Vera
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Deborah
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 10:39 am:   

Thanks, Vera, I'll be sure to check it out.


Deborah

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