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Paper Cities

An Anthology of Urban Fantasy

Ekaterina Sedia (Editor)


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This anthology of 21 original fantasy stories explores humanity's most dynamic and forceful creationthe city. Featuring tales from fantasy heavyweights such as Hal Duncan, Catherynne M. Valente, Jay Lake, and Barth Anderson, the collection whisks readers from dizzying rooftop perches down to the underpasses, gutters, and the sinister secrets therein. Mutilated warrior women, dead boys, mechanical dogs, and escape artists are just some of the wonders and horrors explored in this bizarre assembly of works from voices new and old.

Praise For Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy

Paper Cities is the winner of the 2009 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology

A story in the anthology Paper Cities, "Sammarynda Deep," by Cat Sparks, has won the Australian Aurelis award for Best Short Story

"Variety, along with a willingness to publish new and established writers alike, helps explain Paper Cities' considerable appeal . . . ambitious and entertaining . . . a delightful and absorbing read."  —Publishers Weekly, a signature review by Jeff VanderMeer, World Fantasy Award–winner and author, Shriek: An Afterword

"Together with 18 other stories of cities and their people, this vital collection pushes the envelope of the urban fantasy genre, reaching beyond the standards made popular by Charles de Lint, Tanya Huff, and Jim Butcher to create an ever expanding definition of the term . . . this collection belongs in most libraries."  —Library Journal

"I definitely recommend this collection: besides being full of so many solid and some brilliant works, it also acts as a good taster collection since several of the stories within open the door to larger works."  —Green Man Review

"These stories are like dark chocolate: rich, decadent, sometimes bitter but always complex and stimulating. Be careful. They will keep you up at night!"  Theodora Goss, author, In the Forest of Forgetting

"Paper Cities is a really cool anthology, a wide-ranging collection of styles, approaches, and genres . . . There are remarkable imaginations at work in these stories. Read them and see."  —Delia Sherman, author, Changeling; editor, Interfictions

"My favourite anthology of the year so far . . . without doubt one of the most consistently good collections I've read in the genre."  —Last Short Story Review

Senses Five Press, 9780979624605, 271pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2008

About the Author

Ekatherina Sediais the author of "The Secret History of Moscow." Her short stories have been featured in a variety of publications including"Analog," "Baen's Universe," and "Fantasy Magazine." She lives in Hammonton, New Jersey."