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Past Magic

A collection of stories by

2008 Locus Award for Best Collection (nominee)

The tales gathered here range from slyly rendered time travel to Lovecraftian horror, from alternate histories of theocratic ascendancy and alienated celebrities to a vision of an astronaut lost between universes, from vivid speculative social realism to a meditation on the place of realist art in a world dominated by effortless virtual reality. In the title story, the Isle of Man is a last opulent refuge from the onslaught of climate change, and its miracle-working scientists have resurrected a little girl lost at sea; in 'Two Sleepers', a housewife finds herself transplanted from a drab suburban existence into a slightly but crucially altered domestic idyll; in 'The Bonny Boy' - a lost chapter from MacLeod's remarkable neo-Victorian fantasy novel The House of Storms, appearing here for the first time- the staff of a home for abandoned children confront their own prejudices in unforgettable ways. And in the closing story, 'Nina-With-The-Sky-In-Her-Hair', a mysterious tailor contrives clothes out of a heavenly fabric of cerulean blue, driving subtle wedges between a holidaying millionaire and his trophy wife...

Genre: Science Fiction

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