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 means of the occasions of 9-11, from writers looking to confront, rebuild, and keep it up, even within the face of overwhelming emotion.

Writer and editor Douglas Lain provides a thought-provoking anthology that includes various 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). bearing on subject matters as wide-ranging as politics, morality, or even heartfelt nostalgia, today’s speculative fiction writers end up that the rubric of the wonderful deals an incomparable view into how we reply to tragedy.

Each contributor, in his or her personal method, contemplates an analogous question:

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

Skyhorse Publishing, below our evening coloration and Talos imprints, is proud to put up a wide diversity of titles for readers attracted to technological know-how fiction (space opera, time trip, difficult SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fable (grimdark, sword and sorcery, modern city fable, steampunk, replacement history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and lots more and plenty extra. whereas no longer each name we post turns into a brand new York instances bestseller, a countrywide bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we're devoted to publishing caliber books from a various team of authors.

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