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Pam reviews on SF Weekly

Pam Sargent's review of Kit Reed's Thinner Than Thou is now available on SF Weekly.


Conqueror Fantastic Is Out

Conqueror Fantastic, an original anthology of historical fantasy edited by Pamela Sargent, is now available from booksellers everywhere. Here is a review of the anthology from the Barnes & Noble Web site:

Conqueror Fantastic is a collection of 13 original short stories speculating about what might have transpired if the hands of fate had touched certain famous -- and infamous -- leaders differently. Featured authors include Paul Di Filippo, George Zebrowski, Michelle West, Jack Dann, and Kij Johnson.

Noteworthy selections include "Twilight of Idols" by Stephen Dedman, a horrific tale in which Adolf Hitler's life comes to a gruesomely fitting end, and Pamela Sargent's "Spirit Brother," an intensely intimate story about the relationship between Genghis Khan and Jamukha, a beloved boyhood friend who later turned into Khan's deadly enemy. After Jamukha's death, his spirit returns to the steppes, where he communicates with his estranged friend through the body of Khan's conspiring shaman.

"Intensified Transmogrification," Barry N. Malzberg and Bill Pronzini's first collaboration in more than 20 years, depicts President Lyndon B. Johnson as an alcoholic madman obsessed not only with the Vietnam War but also with the military machinations of Red China. As his mania grows, so does his certainty that China is going to nuke the States. With his finger on the button that will begin a nuclear war, something must be done to stop him: "not assassination -- euthanasia."

George Orwell wrote: "He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past." Included in this anthology are a baker's dozen of diverse stories -- some alternate history, some fantastical, some horror -- that support Orwell's viewpoint. Conqueror Fantastic is highly recommended for fans of alternate history as well as speculative fiction.

--Paul Goat Allen


Another New Story

Another new story by Pamela Sargent, "Follow the Stars," set in the background of her Venus novels, is now out in the anthology Space Stations, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers.


New Story

"Venus Flowers at Night," a new story set in the background of Pamela Sargent's Venus trilogy, is now out in the original anthology Microcosms, edited by Gregory Benford.


New Collection Just Published

Pamela Sargent's Eye of Flame: Fantasies, a collection of fantasy stories with an introduction by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, is out from Five Star Press, a division of the Gale Group, as part of its "Speculative Fiction" series.

Coming in October 2004: Thumbprints, a collection of stories that will include a new short novel by Sargent, will be published by Golden Gryphon Press with an introduction by James Morrow.