In the Shadow of the Towers: Speculative Fiction in a Post-9/11 World

By Douglas Lain

In the Shadow of the Towers compiles approximately twenty works of speculative fiction responding to and encouraged by way of the occasions of 9-11, from writers looking to confront, rebuild, and stick with it, even within the face of overwhelming emotion.

Writer and editor Douglas Lain offers a thought-provoking anthology that includes a number of award-winning and best-selling authors, from Jeff VanderMeer (Annihilation) and Cory Doctorow (Little Brother) to Susan Palwick (Flying in position) and James Morrow (Towing Jehovah). concerning issues as wide-ranging as politics, morality, or even heartfelt nostalgia, today’s speculative fiction writers turn out that the rubric of the wonderful deals an incomparable view into how we reply to tragedy.

Each contributor, in his or her personal approach, contemplates an identical question:

How do we proceed dreaming within the shadow of the towers?

Skyhorse Publishing, less than our evening coloration and Talos imprints, is proud to submit a huge variety of titles for readers drawn to technological know-how fiction (space opera, time trip, difficult SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), delusion (grimdark, sword and sorcery, modern city fable, steampunk, substitute history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and masses extra. whereas now not each identify we post turns into a brand new York occasions bestseller, a countrywide bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we're dedicated to publishing caliber books from a various crew of authors.

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