"Whether she writes high fantasy, horror, sf or contemporary fantasy, I've always been fascinated by [Rusch's] ability to tell a story with that enviable gift of invisible prose. She's one of the few writers whose style takes me right into the story—the words and pages disappear as the characters and their story swallows me whole. Rusch has style."
—Charles de Lint
Kristine Kathryn Rusch, author of fifty novels, is perhaps best known as the Hugo Award-winning former editor of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Her novels have received critical acclaim, but Rusch's fans know that her greatest abilities lie in the short story form. In 1990, before she became editor of F&SF, Rusch won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Then Rusch took on her editing duties, continued to write novels, and mostly abandoned her short story career. She retired as editor of F&SF in 1997 and made a triumphal return to short fiction, winning the Asimov's Readers Award, the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Award, and the Science Fiction Age Readers' Choice Award, as well as being nominated for five other awards, all during 1999.
Stories for an Enchanted Afternoon is Rusch's first collection, a highly anticipated volume featuring eleven of the author's award-winning and award-nominated short stories. This collection includes her most famous story, "The Gallery of His Dreams," a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards, and winner of the Locus Award for best novella. Amidst the hellishness of Civil War America, Matthew Brady, a talented daguerreotype photographer, is transported, as in dreams, to photograph future wars and atrocities so that his work may preserve the past.
This volume also contains "Echea," the story of a moon child adopted by an affluent Earth family and the dire consequences she must face to fit into society, "Millennium Babies," a cautionary tale about placing fame before family, and "Going Native," a humorous story about the strange side effects of teleportation. Other stories include "Skin Deep," "Monuments to the Dead," and "Harvest."
Stories for an Enchanted Afternoon also features a foreword by Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times best-selling author of Antibodies and Dune: House Harkonnen (with Brian Herbert). Cover art by Thomas Canty.
"Millennium Babies" — Winner of the 2001 Hugo Award for Best Novelette of the Year!
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Read an excerpt from the 2001 Hugo Award-winning story "Millennium Babies"