Past Magic

Past Magic

ISBN: 190461955X

ISBN 13: 9781904619550

Publication Date: October, 2006

Publisher: PS Publishing

Pages: 300

Format: Hardcover

Author: Ian R. MacLeod

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PS Publishing presents Past Magic, MacLeod's third collection, and his strongest yet.

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...

Past Magic is a cornucopia of splendid prose, bravura description, and profound human insight, undoubtedly one of the best collections to appear in 2006.

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