Portable Childhoods

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Portable Childhoods

By Ellen Klages; Neil Gaiman (Introduction by)

Tachyon Publications, Paperback, 9781892391452, 210pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2007

Description
"Portable Childhoods" offers a tantalizing glimpse of what lies hidden just beyond the ordinary. Described by reviewers as timeless, delightful, chilling, and beautiful, this is short fiction at its best, emerging from a distinctive, powerful voice. The collection includes the Nebula Award-winning novelette "Basement Magic.


About the Author
Ellen Klages is an American science fiction, fantasy, and historical-fiction writer born in Columbus, Ohio in 1954. She began publishing short fantasy and SF stories in 1998; her novelette "Basement Magic" (2003) won a Nebula Award. In 2006 she published her first novel, The Green Glass Sea, a middle-grade novel set in Los Alamos during World War II; it won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Portable Childhoods, a collection of her short fiction, appeared in 2007.

Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, and is the recipient of numerous literary honors. Originally from England, he now lives in America.


Praise For Portable Childhoods

"Consistently well written and emotionally stimulating, the book is one of the loveliest you'll find. . . . Well worth a gander."  School Library Journal

"Energy and nimbleness . . . Klages treads the invisible line between wonder and the mundane with total control."  The New York Review of Science Fiction (NYRSF)

"Superb first story collection . . . strong emotional stories."  The Denver Post

"Highly recommended. I enjoyed each and every story in the collection."  SF Revu

"Ellen Klages writes about childhood in brilliant, primary colors. Like Ray Bradbury, her nostalgic stories are like myths."  Maureen McHugh, author, China Mountain Zhang

"The kind of sf writer that comes along once in a decade . . . brilliant stories."  boingboing.net

"An amazing collection . . . each of the sixteen stories here is a gem . . . memorable for the clarity, the simplicity, and the power of their writing."  Black Gate



"For queer readers, this book is a real delight . . . for as anyone who’s ever felt different knows, such secrets [are] more a cause for celebration than self-hate."  somefantastic.org