Portable Childhoods

By Ellen Klages; Neil Gaiman (Introduction by)
(Tachyon Publications, Paperback, 9781892391452, 248pp.)

Publication Date: April 2007

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Emerging from a unique and powerful voice, this innovative collection offers a tantalizing glimpse of what lies hidden just beyond the ordinary, skirting the border between childhood and adulthood. Mysticism, heroism, cruelty, and compassion thread through these multifaceted tales—which range from the origins of the Manhattan Project to a culinary object-lesson, from 1950s corruption to a slight glitch in Creation. Collected here for the first time and including an excerpt from her breakout first novel The Green Glass Sea, these stories are timeless and delightful, chilling and beautiful.

About the Author

Ellen Klages is the Nebula Award-winning author of The Green Glass Sea. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous science fiction and fantasy anthologies and magazines, including Black GateThe Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Strange Horizons. She lives in San Francisco.

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

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