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April 2019 Fiction: Science Fiction & Fantasy

The Unicorn Anthology
Edited by: Peter S. Beagle Edited by: Jacob Weisman Contributions by: Carrie Vaughn
9781616963156 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Fantasy / Dragons & Mythical Creatures Apr 29, 2019
$23.95 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 0.77 in 288 pages Tachyon Publications
“What a treasure trove!”
—Sarah Beth Durst, author ofQueen of the Blood

Unicorns: Not just for virgins anymore. Here are sixteen lovely, powerful, intricate, and unexpected unicorn tales from fantasy icons including Garth Nix, Peter S. Beagle, Patricia A. McKillip, Bruce Coville, Carrie Vaughn, and more. In this volume you will find two would-be hunters who enlist an innkeeper to find a priest hiding the secret of the last unicorn. A time traveler tries to corral an unruly mythological beast that might never have existed at all. The lover and ex-boyfriend of a dying woman join forces to find a miraculous remedy in New York City. And a small-town writer of historical romances discovers a sliver of a mysterious horn in a slice of apple pie.

Peter S. Beagle is the internationally bestselling and much-beloved author of numerous classic fantasy novels and collections, includingThe Last Unicorn,A Fine & Private Place,The Overneath,The Line Between,Sleight of Hand,Summerlong, andIn Calabria. Beagle is the recipient of the Hugo, Nebula, Mythopoeic, World Fantasy, and Locus awards, as well as the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire. He is the editor ofThe Secret History of Fantasy and the co-editor ofThe Urban Fantasy Anthology. Beagle lives in Richmond, California, where he is working on too many projects to even begin to name.Jacob Weisman is the publisher at Tachyon Publications, which he founded in 1995. He is a three-time World Fantasy Award nominee and is the editor of Tachyon’s critically acclaimed, Hugo, Nebula, and Shirley Jackson award-winning novella series. Weisman has edited the anthologiesThe New Voices of Fantasy (with Peter S. Beagle),Invaders: 22 Tales from the Outer Limits of Literature,The Sword & Sorcery Anthology (with David G. Hartwell), andThe Treasury of the Fantastic (with David M. Sandner). He lives in San Francisco.

Praise forThe Unicorn Anthology

“Well worth reading...”
NY Journal of Books

“This slender but rich anthology compiled by Beagle and Weisman (The New Voices of Fantasy) centers on the mythical beast for which Beagle is best known, thanks to his classic novelThe Last Unicorn. The 15 stories and one poem reinterpret the unicorn myth across genre and style. Caitlín R. Kiernan’s lesbian noir “The Maltese Unicorn” pits a hard-boiled rare book dealer against a sorcerous femme fatale. In Jane Yolen’s delicate “The Transfigured Hart,” a bookish boy and a horse-loving girl bond over a shared obsession with a mysterious white woodland creature. Dave Smeds’s “Survivor” includes elements of horror in its tale of a traumatized Vietnam vet, as does GarthNix’s “The Highest Justice,” in which a princess and a revenant queen seek revenge with the help of a unicorn. Themes of innocence lost, first love, and yearning for transcendence pervade all of the stories in this collection, giving it a haunting and melancholy feel. Readers who love the mystery and elegance of unicorns will find this a lovely homage.”
Publishers Weekly

“Unicorns in literature are fascinating, evocative, mysterious, and elusive, and withThe Unicorn Anthology, editors Peter S. Beagle—himself of unicorn fame—and Jacob Weisman invite continued appreciation of the legendary beast, drawing it beyond its familiar medieval framework.”

“Unicorns are a rare and wondrous breed; fortunately for us, stories about them are a little easier to find. Peter S. Beagle’s new anthology contains a marvellous collection of stories about the animal that probably never existed, but that we still can’t stop dreaming about. Like the creature itself, the stories are wild and wistful, graceful and glorious, kind and crazy. Everything we need to help us believe . . . in something worth believing in.”
—Simon R. Green, author ofNight Fall andBlue Moon Rising

“What a treasure trove! This anthology is filled with stories that will surprise, fascinate, and delight you. From an Arizona ghost town where souls are healed to a medieval European forest to the middle of an elephant herd in Persia, there are so many gems to be found!”
—Sarah Beth Durst, award-winning author of the Queens of Renthia series

“Between these pages you'll find tales that are as mysterious and arresting as any creature of myth and legend.The Unicorn Anthology returned me to the stories of writers I already loved and introduced me to the stories of writers I know I will come to love.”
—Kevin Brockmeier, author ofA Brief History of the Dead

5/5 stars. “Every single story in this collection is top-shelf.”
Nonstop Reader

"This collection is a great introduction to various authors and a great sample of their writing, in addition to various ways one can look at a unicorn."
Infinite Text

“A wonderful collection.”
Girl Who Reads

“I have great things to say about every page. Gorgeous prose for gorgeous unicorns, surprising violence and sexuality, and trope reversal abound. I strongly recommend this to anyone.”
Black Forest Basilisks

“This is a brilliant little collection with a wonderful introduction and I recommend it wholeheartedly.”
Green Man Review

Praise for co-editors Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman

OnThe New Voices of Fantasy

Booklist SciFi/Fantasy/Horror Spotlight - Top 10
Barnes & Noble Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books
Geekiverse: 8 Hot Sci-fi and Fantasy Releases

“The New Voices of Fantasy is a fabulous collection of vivid, surprising, and remarkable stories. Highly recommended.”
—Kate Elliott, author ofCourt of Fives

[STARRED REVIEW] “This excellent anthology showcases up-and-coming speculative fiction writers, many of whom have received award nominations and critical attention to support their status as future influencers of the genre. Fantasy legend Beagle and Tachyon publisher Weisman have provided a valuable snapshot of SF/F’s newest generation of writers.”
Publishers Weekly

“A stellar anthology that proves not only that fantasy is alive and well, but that it will be for years to come.”

[STARRED REVIEW] “This anthology represents some of the most exciting and interesting work in the fantasy field today, and anyone interested in the genre should read it immediately.”

“For readers who are anticipating the end of HBO’sGame of Thrones and looking for new fantasy authors to follow, this 19-story-strong collection provides plenty to sample.”
Library Journal

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