Shapers of Worlds Volume II, the anthology I Kickstarted earlier this year featuring short fiction by authors who were guests during the second year of my Aurora Award-winning podcast, The Worldshapers, is now available pretty much everywhere, in ebook, trade paperback, and hardcover.
Here’s the description:
Explore twenty-four imaginative tales crafted by some of today’s best writers of science fiction and fantasy, all guests on Aurora Award-winning podcast The Worldshapers during its second year, including international bestsellers and winners of every major award in the field as well as newer authors just beginning what promise to be stellar careers.
A woman seeking the power to see the evil hiding within others regrets receiving it. Letters written by a wizard in the past threaten a queen’s reign in the present. Competing for Earth, a human wrestler faces an alien shapeshifter in an interstellar tournament. A guide in Tibet must weigh the good of his people when asked to lead a westerner to the fabled realm of Shangri. An activist imprisoned for illegal genetic modification works with the materials at hand and the threads of the multiverse to make the world—a world, at least—a better place. A demonic agent sent to help a human turns the tables on his summoner.
Like the “cabinets of curiosities” created by collectors of the sixteenth century, Shapers of Worlds Volume II displays a varied array of thought-provoking delights: tales of humour and sorrow, darkness and light, and hope and despair that are full of adventure, full of life, and sometimes full of regret. There are stories set in alternate histories, in possible futures, near and far, and in the here-and-now, taking place on Earth, on distant planets, or in fantastic realms. All arise from the innate need of human beings to create, to imagine . . . to shape worlds.
Below is the complete table of contents for Shapers of Worlds Volume II. Some great stories here–get your copy today! As S.M. Stirling says in his Amazon review, “Great selection — very varied, and no duds!”
“Shadow Sight” by Kelley Armstrong
“Ghost and Fox” by Marie Brennan
“Letters from an Imprisoned Wizard to a Young Queen, and Associated Explicatory Correspondence” by Garth Nix
“Going to Ground” by Candas Jane Dorsey
“Beneath a Bicameral Moon” by Jeremy Szal
“Shapeshifter Finals” by Jeffrey A. Carver
“Thibauld’s Tale” by Edward Willett
“The Cancellation” by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
“River of Ice” by David D. Levine
“I Hid In the Bathroom When the Aliens Arrived” by Lisa Foiles
“The Only Road” by Susan Forest
“The Cat and the Merrythought” by Matthew Hughes
“Anamnesis in Ruins” by Heli Kennedy
“Angel & Monica” by Helen Dale
“Root Mother” by Adria Laycraft
“The Cool Sequestered Vale of Life” by Edward Savio
“The Lost Cipher of Dr. John Dee” by Lisa Kessler
“Message Found in a Variable Temporality Appliance” by Ira Nayman
“Salvage” by Carrie Vaughn
“Casey’s Empire” by Nancy Kress
“I Remember Paris” by James Alan Gardner
“The Chthonic Op” by Tim Pratt
“The Little Tailor and the Elves” by Barbara Hambly
“A Murder in Eddsford” by S.M. Stirling