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Empire of Dreams and Miracles

The Phobos Science Fiction Anthology
An anthology of stories edited by

Edited by best selling author Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game) and former Starlog Managing Editor Keith Olexa, Empire of Dreams and Miracles is the first publication from the new SF imprint Phobos Books. Card wrote introductions to each story, and served as a member of the celebrity jury that selected the 12 stories featured in the book.

The authors whose stories are collected in Empire of Dreams and Miracles were all winners of the 1st Annual Phobos Fiction Contest. Science Fiction scribes from around the country were solicited to submit works of short fiction that demonstrated "innovation, insight and far-sight". Of the nearly 200 stories submitted, 12 were selected for publication by a celebrity jury including Orson Scott Card, Prof. Lawrence Krauss, Star Wars: Episode I-II Design Director Doug Chiang, The Matrix executive producer Andrew Mason, SCI FI Channel Sr. VP Thomas Vitale, and former Marvel Comics Editor and Valiant and Defiant Comics creator Jim Shooter.

Lawrence Krauss, author of The Physics of Star Trek, Beyond Star Trek and Atom: An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth…And Beyond, contributed the book's foreword, which highlights the science behind the fiction. Krauss is chair of the Physics and Astronomy departments at Case Western Reserve University and is recognized as one of the country's foremost astrophysicists.

Star Wars: Episode I-II Design Director and Oscar-winner Doug Chiang created an original painting for the book's cover art. Chiang is one of the preeminent SF artists of his generation and a close collaborator of George Lucas.

The Anthology's title story "Empire of Dreams and Miracles", was written by James Maxey. The other winners include: Rebecca Carmi, "22 Buttons"; Ken Liu, "Carthaginian Rose"; Rick Sabian, "The Compromise"; Daniel Conover, "Eula Makes Up Her Mind"; Carl Frederick, "Great Theme Prisons of the World" and "The Messiah"; Justin Stanchfield, "Hanged Man, Lovers and The Fool"; David Barr Kirtley, "The Prize" and "They Go Bump"; Chris Leonard, "Rippers"; Andrew Rey, "Who Lived in a Shoe". In addition to publication, each author received a cash prize of $500 per story. Three stories, "Hanged Man, Lovers and the Fool", "22 Buttons", and "They Go Bump", rated "Best of the Best" by the jury garnered an additional cash award of $500.

The ten talented authors each give us a glimpse of the future. They also benefit from PHOBOS' multimedia approach.

PHOBOS BOOKS is a division of PHOBOS ENTERTAINMENT HOLDINGS, INC. a company devoted to creating quality Science Fiction entertainment in a variety of media: books, movies, TV, video games, radio and the Internet. Several of the stories in the Anthology are already being considered for development into these other media. The 2002 Phobos Fiction Contest is already underway, and is expected to yield another Anthology in 2003.

Genre: Science Fiction

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July 2002 : USA Paperback

Title: Empire of Dreams and Miracles: The Phobos Science Fiction Anthology (v. 1)
Author(s): Orson Scott Card, Keith Olexa
ISBN: 0-9720026-0-x / 978-0-9720026-0-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Phobos Books
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