Imagine a world populated by hideous trolls, time-traveling scientists, and intergalactic freighter captains-with smartphones and social media.
The World of Dew and Other Stories, chosen by Michelle Pretorius as the 2020 Blue Light Books Prize winner, invites readers into 18 different universes that have unexpected resonances with our own modern life. While these tales are unabashedly sci-fi and fantasy, Julian Mortimer Smith approaches each at a curious angle. Ghosts are cataloged using a Pokemon Go-like app, a soldier has to get enough upvotes on social media before he is allowed to take a shot, and a golden age of cooperation begins as societies around the world prepare for a looming pandemic of blindness. In addition to featuring stories that have appeared in some of the world's top speculative fiction outlets, The World of Dew and Other Stories also includes five new stories published here for the first time.
These tales are sometimes terrifying, sometimes touching, sometimes provocative, and occasionally very silly. They function both as windows through which readers can glimpse vast universes waiting to be explored and as mirrors reflecting our own reality back at us in a strange and unfamiliar light.
Julian Mortimer Smith
INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS
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Series: Blue Light Books
06 April 2021
From 18 years
Acknowledgments 1. Come-from-Aways 2. The World of Dew 3. Barb-the-Bomb and the Yesterday Boy 4. The Fumblers Alley Risk Emporium 5. The Mugger's Hymn 6. The Washerwoman and the Troll 7. Professor Jennifer Magda-Chichester's Time Machine 8. Joey LeRath's Rocketship 9. The Visible Spectrum 10. Headshot 11. Anxiety Boy and the Confidence Men 12. Hospice 13. The Monster 14. Practice 15. Foundation 16. Keeping It Real 17. An Oral History of the City Beneath 18. The Surface of the Moon
Julian Mortimer Smith is a writer of speculative fiction. His short stories have appeared in many of the world's top science fiction and fantasy venues, including Asimov's, Lightspeed, Terraform, and Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. He lives in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Reviews for The World of Dew and Other Stories (Blue Light Books)
Smith's enjoyable debut collection brings together 18 science fiction and fantasy stories, though the fantasy far outshines the sci-fi. . . . Fantasy lovers should seek this out. * Publishers Weekly * The uniquely visualized tales of The World of Dew and Other Stories place traditional human struggles with mortality, love, and belonging into a panoply of new worlds. -- Michele Sharpe * Foreword *