Beast of the Heartland (Paperback)

And Other Stories

By Lucius Shepard

Da Capo Press, 9781568581262

Publication Date: March 31, 1999

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"Brings to mind the best work of Graham Greene, Robert Stone, and Ward Just."--Wall Street Journal

The fiction of Lucius Shepard has more to do with Joseph Conrad than Isaac Asimov. Fascinated by deception and decay, and generally labeled a cyberpunk writer, his work transcends the limits of genre fiction. Beast of the Heartland contains seven tales that explore the dark side where science fiction meets horror. Headed by the award-winning "Barnacle Bill the Spacer," a story of high-space mutiny, the book includes "A Little Night Music," a gothic tale of insanity; "All the Perfumes of Araby," where an adventurer in the Middle East links up with an ancient entity; "Human History," a postapocalyptic chiller; "Sports in America," a noir tale in the Chandler tradition; "The Sun Spider," a mini space opera; and the title story--an ingenious picture of a battered boxer on the decline.

About the Author

Lucius Shepard twice won the World Fantasy Award. He also won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards for science-fiction writing several times in addition to the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.