My new collection, HOW THE WORLD BECAME QUIET, forthcoming September 30th

My new collection has a cover and a release date!

HOW THE WORLD BECAME QUIET: MYTHS OF THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE is forthcoming on September 30th from Subterranean Press. And it has a cover! By Shaun Tan!

From the very generous text written by Subterranean in their announcement:

Rachel Swirsky is one of the finest young sf/fantasy writers we’ve encountered in the past decade. Later this summer, we’ll be releasing her first full-length short story collection, How the World Became Quiet. For just one stunning sample of her fiction, try “Dispersed by the Sun, Melting in the Wind“.

About the Book:

After a powerful sorceress is murdered, she’s summoned over the centuries to witness devastating changes to the land where she was born. A woman who lives by scavenging corpses in the Japanese suicide forest is haunted by her dead lover. A man searches for the memory that will overwrite his childhood abuse. Helios is left at the altar. The world is made quiet by a series of apocalypses.

From the riveting emotion and politics of “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window” (Nebula winner) to the melancholy family saga of “Eros, Philia, Agape” (Hugo and Theodore Sturgeon finalist), Rachel Swirsky’s critically acclaimed stories have quickly made her one of the field’s rising stars. Her work is, by turns, clever and engaging, unflinching and quietly devastating—often in the space of the same story.

How the World Became Quiet: Myths of the Past, Present, and Future collects the body of Swirsky’s short fiction to date for the first time. While these stories envision pasts, presents, and futures that never existed, they offer revealing examinations of humanity that readers will find undeniably true.

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Table of Contents:

The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window
Monstrous Embrace
The Adventues of Captain Blackheart Wentworth: A Nautical Tale
Marrying the Sun
A Monkey Will Never Be Rid of Its Black Hands
The Sea of Trees
Fields of Gold
Eros, Philia, Agape
The Monster’s Million Faces
Again and Again and Again
Diving After the Moon
Scenes from a Dystopia
The Taste of Promises
With Singleness of Heart
Dispersed by the Sun, Melting in the Wind
How the World Became Quiet: A Post-Human Creation Myth
Speech Strata

You can preorder the limited edition here.

The book is also available from amazon and Barnes and Noble. Probably other places, too, if you’ve got a link I should add, tell me!

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6 Responses to My new collection, HOW THE WORLD BECAME QUIET, forthcoming September 30th

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    Jake Squid says:

    Congratulations! I really appreciate Subterranean Press. It’s where some of my favorite authors have been (mainly) published for the last several years.

    Pre-order done and looking forward to arrival in the fall begun.

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    Eytan Zweig says:

    Cool! I preordered mine (on Amazon, which doesn’t get me a signed edition but does mean I don’t have to pay 30$ shipping fees) :)

  3. Congratulations! I will have to get me a copy.

  4. 4
    Mandolin says:

    $30 shipping fee! Eef.

  5. 5
    Eytan Zweig says:

    Well, $27 to be entirely accurate. International shipping fees from publishers that don’t have an international branch are always really high.

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    Mandolin says: