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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

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 Awardwinning novelette Basement Magic.

About the Author
Ellen Klages is the author of The Green Glass Sea, for which she received the prestigious Scott O Dell Award, and its sequel, White Sands, Red Menace, for which she won the California Book Award. She has also won a Nebula Award and been nominated for the Hugo, World Fantasy, Crawford, and Campbell awards. She is member of the Tiptree Motherboard and emcees a popular auction at Wiscon that raises money for the Tiptree Award."

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."

"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."