Gaslandia: A Dieselpunk Anthology is the inaugural volume of the Subterranean Anthology Series featuring retro-futuristic short stories that cut across time and space: In Site 78, a diabetic and an airship pilot search for insulin and come across the tome of Shanur. A marine navigates close quarters in his wheelchair and the threat of joblessness due to mechanical men. A wife, and mother, flees her abusive home in the Galilean cluster and finds refuge in the airborne craft, Hermes. A Mexican-American war veteran rallies Samalayuca refinery workers to stop a Soviet invasion. An adventurer who craves notoriety is consumed by cosmic horrors. The Lunascraper Tower is the only thing standing between humanity and the deadly mist. The floating country of Pangea awaits the final strike by Continental soldiers. Colossal war robots trap military specialist in a government lab within the Cyan Desert. Captain Rex Kane makes an emergency landing on the Martian moon Phobos only to discover a hole had been blown through its core, and the Mars police believe Rex and his crew are responsible. A disabled Native-American onboard the Current of Eagles confronts prejudice and radio-powered warfare.

WARNING: Contains racial and ethnic slurs (ex. r*dskin and g*psy), genocidal imperialism, and ableism.

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About the author

LESLEY SABGA (Senior Fiction Editor) is a recent graduate of the editorial program at the University of Chicago and holds a BA in English from the University of Kentucky. She has experience working in two publishing houses, Entangled Publishing and Jolly Fish Press. Lesley is an associate agent at The Seymour Agency and a full-time freelancer for the Editorial Freelance Association and Sourcebooks. 

Lesley is an avid reader and a constant occupant of local coffee shops and bookstores. She wakes up every day thankful to have the opportunity to share her knowledge and passion for literature professionally. For more information, visit www.lesleysabga.com or contact her on Twitter @lesleysabga.

ELIZABETH O. SMITH (Editor-in-Chief) is the pseudonym of Olivia Raymond. She’s produced and edited story-based video games since 2011 under Cherubim Scribes, LLC. Elizabeth is a chocolate fanatic, poodle aficionado, and finds that passion and purpose intrigue her when it comes to the written word. For more information, visit www.elizabethosmith.com.

STEFAN PARIS (Illustrator) is a French artist who has made a name for himself in the dieselpunk community. For more information, visit www.stefanparis.deviantart.com.

KEVIN HOLTON (“Armed Against the Ageless One”) is a cyborg and caffeine addict from coastal NJ. He recently co-wrote the short film Human Report 85616, and has two novels coming out: The Nightmare King (Siren's Call Publications) and At the Hands of Madness (Severed Press). His short stories and poetry have appeared with Sci-Phi, HellBound Books, The Literary Hatchet, Deadman's Tome, Dark Eclipse, Mighty Quill Press, and Thunderdome Press, among others. When not reading and writing, he can probably be found doing yoga or recharging in a dark room somewhere. For more information, visit www.kevinholton.com.

 

DAVID CASTLEWITZ (“Tickie-Tockers”) had a long and successful career as a software developer and technical architect. He has recently turned to his first love: SF, fantasy, and magical realism. David has published stories in Farther Stars Than These, Phase 2 MagazineMartian Wave, Stories of the Near Future, SciFan, and other online as well as print magazines and anthologies. For more information, visit www.davidsjournal.com.

LAWRENCE DAGSTINE (“A Better Life”) is a native New Yorker, video game enthusiast, toy collector, and speculative fiction writer of 20+ years. He has placed more than 400 stories in online and print periodicals during that two-decade span, especially the small presses. He is author to numerous novellas and three short story collections. Death of the Common Writer, Fresh Blood, and From The Depths (TBA, w. Illustrator Bob Veon). His work is available on Amazon and B&N.com. Visit his website, at: www.lawrencedagstine.com.

PEDRO INIGUEZ (“The Revolution Engine”) lives in Eagle Rock, California, a quiet suburb of Northeast Los Angeles. Since childhood he has been fascinated with Science-Fiction, Horror, and a love of Comic Books. Countless years later, he spends his time reading and plotting out his next story. His work can be found in various magazines and anthologies such as: Space and Time Magazine, Crossed Genres, Outposts from Beyond, Sanitarium Magazine, Deserts of Fire, and Altered States II.

DALE CAROTHERS (“A Slow Inoculation”) is a cake enthusiast and a sass mouth, both of which cause his wife varying degrees of consternation. He provides both independent living skills training and workplace advocacy for people with disabilities. Dale’s work has appeared in Kaleidotrope, Triangulation: Beneath the Surface, and Space and Time. Find out more at dalecarothers.wordpress.com.

 

JEREMY SZAL (“The Bronze Gods”) was born in 1995 with a warped sense of humor. Jeremy Szal sold his first short story at 18 and his first professional story at 19. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Nature, Nature: Physics, Lightspeed, Abyss & Apex, Strange Horizons, The Drabblecast, Grimdark Magazine and others.  He’s the fiction editor for Hugo-winning podcast StarShipSofa where he’s worked with authors such as George R. R. Martin, William Gibson, and Joe R. Lansdale. He is thrilled to be represented by John Jarrold of the John Jarrold Literary Agency, although he isn’t quite sure how that happened. A cinephile and drinker of too many craft beers, he carves out a living in Sydney, Australia, although he prefers cold weather. Find him at www.jeremyszal.com or @JeremySzal.

IRENE PUNTÍ (“The Last Night of Pangea”) was born in Manresa (Barcelona) in 1980. She is a Chemical Engineer by training and enjoys writing science fiction, fantasy and magical realism. Her fiction has appeared in Electric Spec.

GREGORY L. NORRIS (“The Colossus at Blue Sands”) is a full-time professional writer, with work appearing in numerous short story anthologies, national magazines, novels, the occasional TV episode, and, so far, one produced feature film (Brutal Colors, which debuted on Amazon Prime January 2016). He’s a former feature writer and columnist at Sci Fi, the official magazine of the Sci Fi Channel (before all those ridiculous Ys invaded). Gregory worked as a screenwriter on two episodes of Paramount's modern classic, Star Trek: Voyager. Two of his paranormal novels (written under his rom-de-plume, Jo Atkinson) were published by Home Shopping Network as part of their "Escape With Romance" line—the first time HSN offered novels to their global customer base. Gregory judged the 2012 Lambda Awards in the SF/F/H category. His stories have notched Honorable Mentions in Ellen Datlow's Best-of books three times. Gregory has traveled to Hollywood to accept his HM in the Roswell Awards in Short SF Writing. For more information, visit http://gregorylnorris.blogspot.com.

CHUCK REGAN (“Episode 10: A MOON CALLED TERROR (A Rex Kane Adventure)”) has had over twenty-two short stories and two novellas published in the horror, science fiction, noir, and fantasy genres. He is working on his first novel. Visit www.chuckregan.com for more.

MATTHEW MAXWELL (“A Fifth World”) has been writing for several years. Credits include Blizzard Entertainment in both the STARCRAFT and DIABLO universes, with his STARCRAFT story included in the PROJECT BLACKSTONE anthology. Matthew's also written for the recent Broken Eye Books anthology, TOMORROW’S CTHULHU and STRANGEWAYS series of graphic novels. Additionally, he's published a novella through Broken Eye Books entitled THE QUEEN OF NO TOMORROWS.

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Publisher
Radiant Crown Publishing
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Published on
Nov 28, 2017
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Pages
250
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ISBN
9781946024114
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Anthologies (multiple authors)
Fiction / Fantasy / Collections & Anthologies
Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Science Fiction / Collections & Anthologies
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Twenty-five years ago, New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks wrote a novel that brought to life a dazzling world that would become one of the most popular fantasy epics of all time, beloved by millions of fans around the world. Ten more Shannara books would follow. Now, for the first time in one elegant collector’s edition hardcover, and featuring an introduction by the author, here are the first three novels of that classic series: The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara, and The Wishsong of Shannara—the beginning of a phenomenal epic of good and evil.

The Sword of Shannara
Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

The Elfstones of Shannara
The magical Ellcrys tree is dying, loosening the spell that bars the Demons from enacting vengeance upon the land. Now Wil Ohmsford must guard the Elven girl Amberle on a perilous quest as she carries one of the Ellcrys’ seeds to a mysterious place where it can be quickened into a powerful new force. But dark on their trail comes the Reaper, most fearsome of all Demons, aiming to crush their mission at any cost.

The Wishsong of Shannara
An ancient Evil is stirring to new life, sending its ghastly Mord Wraiths to destroy Mankind. To win through the vile growth that protects this dark force, the Druid Allanon needs Brin Ohmsford—for she alone holds the magic power of the wishsong. Reluctantly Brin joins the Druid on his dangerous journey. But a prophecy foretells doom, as Evil nurses its plans to trap the unsuspecting Brin into a fate far more horrible than death.

Thus begins Terry Brooks’s thrilling Shannara epic, an unforgettable tale of adventure, magic, and myth.

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks's The Measure of the Magic.
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