"Di Filippo answers questions no one ever thought of asking before."
—The Washington Post Book World

"Di Filippo is one of the most talented humorists in contemporary fantasy and science fiction."
—Publishers Weekly



Professions, jobs, Strange Trades . . . In this new collection, author Paul Di Filippo reconstructs our (mis)conceptions about what it means to work for a living. The eleven stories gathered here emphasize the moral and spiritual dimensions of employment, and examine the practical and ethical quandaries that future occupations may elicit. Yet not all of the professions about which Di Filippo writes are strange—sandwich shop proprietor, nightclub performer, business analyst—but rather it's the exigencies surrounding these jobs that enter the realm of the strange and, occasionally, the surreal.
In "Spondulix," Rory Honeyman concocts a way to preserve his sandwich shop's meager cash flow by offering store coupons, which quickly take on a life of their own. Shenda Moore uses an inheritance to start a corporation, "Karuna, Inc.," that cares more about people than products, but she, and the corporation, soon encounters sinister forces. Luxcloth, treasured and worn throughout the galaxy, can only be manufactured in "The Mill," for an omnipotent buyer known as the Factor. In "Skintwister" and "Fleshflowers," psychokineticist Dr. Strode tends to misplace his Hippocratic oath, focusing his "peeking" ability for personal gain. And in "The Boredom Factory," we experience the real meaning of working to live, living to work.
These eleven narratives, filled with suspense and adventure, romance, and laughter, present a welcome and refreshing change of pace from more typical science fiction.

With an Introduction by Bruce Sterling, winner of the Hugo Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
Cover art by Frank Kelly Freas, winner of ten Hugo Awards.



Praise for the author's previous collection:
"I swear on the grave of my sainted mother that Lost Pages by Paul Di Filippo is nothing less than an imperial read."
—Harlan Ellison



Cloth, ISBN 1-930846-05-3
Book #15

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  • Read the  starred  Publishers Weekly review

  • Read the Nick Gevers review on Locus On-Line

  • Read the Paul Di Filippo interview by Nick Gevers on Infinity Plus

  • Read the Locus Magazine review

  • Read yet another Locus Magazine review

  • Read Paul J. McAuley's review in Interzone

  • Read Claude Lalumière's review in the Montreal Gazette

  • Read the SciFi Weekly review

  • Read the Revolution SF review

  • Read the SFSite review

  • Read yet another SFSite review

  • Read a review of novella "Karuna, Inc." from Tangent Online

  • Read a new Paul Di Filippo interview by Claude Lalumière on Strange Horizons


  • Read the complete text of novella "Karuna, Inc."

  • Read Claude Lalumière's "Playfully Perverting Consensus Reality: A Critical Chronology of Paul Di Filippo's Fiction" on Strange Horizons

  • View the original dust jacket sketch by Frank Kelly Freas



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