To watch an eclipse is to witness a unprecedented and weird occasion. less than darkened skies the solar turns into a destructive picture of itself, its corona remodeling the panorama right into a unusual area the place whatever may take place, and any tale should be true...

In the spirit of vintage technological know-how fiction anthologies reminiscent of Universe, Orbit, and Starlight, grasp anthologist Jonathan Strahan (The most sensible technology Fiction and myth of the 12 months) provides the non-themed style anthology Eclipse: New technological know-how Fiction and delusion. right here you'll find tales the place unusual and lovely issues happen--where truth is eclipsed by means of anything magical and new.

Continuing within the footsteps of the multiple-award-nominated anthologies Eclipse One and Eclipse , Eclipse 3 provides new fiction by means of a few of the genre's so much celebrated authors, together with Karen pleasure Fowler's tale of a family's desperation and a rebellious younger woman's unusual incarceration; Ellen Klages's delusion of a pragmatic lady, an strange tortoise, and an historic mathematical puzzle; Pat Cadigan's tale of a mysterious picture and friends' trip via house and time with a purpose to remedy its riddle; Jeffrey Ford's story of a mythical sword imbued with the facility to show flesh to coral, and of the artist that wields it; Daniel Abraham's tale of divine windfall, sacred oaths, and the omens that point out even if a guy is healthy to be king; and Caitlin R. Kiernan's chronicle of an astronaut whose thoughts of a lover misplaced to an alien intelligence hang-out her.

Skyhorse Publishing, less than our evening colour and Talos imprints, is proud to post a large diversity of titles for readers drawn to technology fiction (space opera, time go back and forth, difficult SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), delusion (grimdark, sword and sorcery, modern city myth, steampunk, replacement history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and masses extra. whereas now not each identify we submit turns into a New York Times bestseller, a countrywide bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we're devoted to publishing caliber books from a various staff of authors.

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