Praise for the author's novel, Climbing Olympus:
"A very mature, serious, even solemn examination . . . Anderson's Mars is a living world in more than one sense, and even his less admirable characters have an inner strength that we cannot help admiring."
—Don D'Ammassa



New York Times best-selling author, and Nebula Award nominee, Kevin J. Anderson showcases his authorial talents in Dogged Persistence, his first book-length short story collection. In 1985, Kevin J. Anderson made his first professional sale to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction with "Final Performance," a ghostly tale of the haunting of the Globe Theatre, in Shakespearean London, by characters of performances past. This story was chosen for the preliminary ballot of the prestigious Nebula Award, and is included in this collection along with seventeen other hand-picked tales. The title story, "Dogged Persistence," a gritty tale about the ultimate use of nanotechnology—achieving immortality!—formed the genesis of Anderson's internationally acclaimed novel, Antibodies. "Human, Martian—One, Two, Three," a novella about the terraforming of Mars by physically enhanced humans, was later expanded into the highly-praised original novel, Climbing Olympus. And the first ever sequel to a Harlan Ellison story, "Prisoner of War" serves as a follow-on to Ellison's classic Outer Limits teleplay, "Soldier."

This collection also features the best of Kevin J. Anderson's shared writing, including the first ever Dune short story, "A Whisper of Caladan Seas," cowritten with Brian Herbert, Frank Herbert's son, and "Drumbeats," a horrific tale set in Africa, cowritten with drummer Neil Peart of the renowned rock band Rush. Other coauthors include Doug Beason, with whom Anderson has written eight novels, and Rebecca Moesta, Anderson's wife and coauthor of the fourteen-book Young Jedi Knights series.

From hard science fiction ("Reflections in a Magnetic Mirror") to dark historical fantasy ("New Recruits"), the strength of these stories will surprise readers new to Kevin J. Anderson's writing, and reward those who are already familiar with his novel-length work.

In addition, Kevin J. Anderson provides an insightful introduction to each story.

Collection introduction by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, winner of the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. Cover art by Eisner Award-winning artist Dave Dorman.



"Kevin J. Anderson is arguably the most prolific, most successful author writing in the field today."
—Algis Budrys



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  • Read the Publishers Weekly review

  • Read Edward Bryant's review in Locus Magazine

  • Read Paul Di Filippo's review in Asimov's

  • Read the Infinity Plus review

  • Read the Infinity Plus Kevin J. Anderson interview

  • Read the SF Site review


  • Read the complete story "Scientific Romance"

  • View the original dust jacket sketch by artist Dave Dorman

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