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John Klima
Posted on Thursday, July 06, 2006 - 07:43 pm:   

I'm proud to announce the start of a series of chapbooks. The first one will be published this year, and will feature the short fiction of Ezra Pines. Ezra has appeared in a number of issues of Electric Velocipede.

The chapbook will feature illustrations by Mark Rich, an introduction by Hal Duncan, and possibly an afterword by Ezra himself.

Here is the story line-up (final order to be determined):

"The Better Life"
Say...Why are we crying?

"Drawn Straws"
Freezer Burn #9

"Djang"
Xizquil #16

"Mr. Brain and the voting booth from outer space" (w/Rick Bowes)
Tales of the Unanticipated #25

"Mr. Brain and the carpet of snow"
Electric Velocipede #1

"Mr. Brain and the island of lost socks" (w/Rick Bowes)
Electric Velocipede #2

"Mr. Brain and the mystery of the passionate tree" (online only)
Electric Velocipede

"Maxwell's Letter"
Electric Velocipede #4

"Antevellum"
Previously Unpublished

If you've never read Pines before, here are what others have said: Paul Di Filippo called "Mr. Brain and the Island of Lost Socks" the 'undisputed winner' or issue #2; Matthew Cheney called "The Better Life" 'a story that defies summary. Most of the paragraphs could live as little stories on their own, but they do contribute to an overall narrative line, and though I was seldom clear where that narrative line was going or had gone, it created a joyful sense of discombobulation, not a frustrating one.'; Tangent Online was inspired by "Maxwell's Letter" to write 'Mr. Pines has a strong sense for detail as perceived through the eye of his his character.'

This collection is set to be published in the Fall of this year.

John Klima
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John Klima
Posted on Sunday, July 23, 2006 - 05:06 am:   

Two more stories that are part of this collection are:

"Reel"
originally appeared in E-scape

"Of Light and Snow"
Previously Unpublished

I'll post more here as I learn more.

JK
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John Klima
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 06:41 am:   

More information can be found here (and this we be updated on a regular basis):

http://spiltmilkpress.pbwiki.com

JK
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Friday, August 04, 2006 - 07:48 am:   

So John, how big (pagewise) do you expect the chapbook to be? There are quite a few stories in that ToC, so I'm just curious. Will it be saddle-stitched or perfect bound?
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John Klima
Posted on Friday, August 04, 2006 - 04:26 pm:   

It'll be saddle-stitched. Curmudgeon that he is, Ezra doesn't write long stories. I'm not sure what the page count is, but it should be similar to the zine (~52 pages).

Of course, with Hal writing an introduction, it could triple in size. :-)

JK
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John Klima
Posted on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 08:24 pm:   

Here's a review of the Pines chapbook:

http://tikitu.justlol.net/wordpress/2006/12/07/acquisitions/

JK
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John Klima
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 12:46 pm:   

This summer will see the publication of William Shunn's chapbook "An Alternate History of the 21st Century." The table of contents is as follows:

"From Our Point of View We Had Moved to the Left"
"Kevin-17"
"Observations from the City of Angels"
"Strong Medicine"
"Objective Impermeability in a Closed System"
"Not of this Fold"

The first two stories originally appeared in F&SF, the middle two stories in Salon.com, and the last two stories are previously unpublished. The chapbook includes an introduction by Cory Doctorow. I'm working on the artwork, so I'll post an update to that when I know more.

John Klima

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