Perchance To Dream and Other Stories

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A New York Times Bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction novels, Michael A. Stackpole is well-known as the author of award-winning books and stories in gaming and media universes like Star Wars(r) and BattleTech(r). His fantasy novels, especially those in his acclaimed DragonCrown War cycle have made him an acknowledged master in that field. Perchance to Dream and other Stories collects many of his short stories for the first time. The title story is drawn from the DragonCrown War and is seen for the first time here. The other stories cover the gamut from fantasy to science fiction, humor to horror to even poetry. The work collected here spans twenty years of writing and includes a little known story set in his Talion fantasy universe.

Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning author, game and computer game designer and poet. Mike lives in Arizona. His website is www.stormwolf.com.

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"From a darkly humorous tale of the power of words (Death and the Librarian) to a never-before-published response to events of September 11 (Ilion), Friesner's 12 stories illustrate the author's acutely sensitive vision of wonder in the everyday world... Known primarily for his 'Star Wars' novels... Zahn's short stories also deliver strong plots and memorable characters... Zebrowski's many novels (e.g. Macrolife) mark him as a visionary as well as a master of hard sf. The ten short stories collected in In the Distance provide a benchmark of his creativity... the author expands his concept of the human condition to embrace the stars. Part of Five Star's continuing commitment to showcasing the short fiction of the genre's most prominent author's, these three volumes belong in most libraries where short sf is popular."
-- Library Journal (December 2002) (Library Journal 20021201)

"...Part of Five Star's continuing commitment to showcasing the short fiction of the genre's most prominent authors, these three volumes (Death and the Librarian and Other Stories/ Star Song and Other Stories/ In the Distance, and Ahead in Time) belong in most libraries where short sf is popular."
-- Library Journal (December 2002) (Library Journal 20021201)

"Four more titles in Five Star's new series (God Is an Iron and Other Stories/ Generation Gap and Other Stories/ The Lady Vanishes and Other Oddities of Nature/ Suppose They Gave a Peace and Other Stories) of short fiction by noteworthy sf authors offer a variety of tales that illustrate the depth and staying power of the genre...Most of the stories in these volumes have only appeared in periodicals. Libraries wishing to augment their sf or short fiction collections should consider any of them."
-- Library Journal (June 2002) (Library Journal 20020615)

"Battles, romance, tongue-in-cheek humor, and adventure abound in this collection of reprinted short stories from the pen of bestselling author, Michael A. Stackpole. From fantasy to cyberpunk, there's a little bit of something for everyone.

My favorite of all of the stories is one written specifically for this collection. Perchance to Dream is a tale set in the world of the DragonCrown War novels. Princess Alexia is on her Dream Raid, a prophetic journey that could spell the rise or fall of a nation. This short tale will inspire readers to pick up the other books of the DragonCrown trilogy.

Unlike Perchance to Dream, the majority of the stories are standalone and a few have a rather dark and gritty tone. The Krells of Tancras Moor is one such example, with the protagonist a great man brought low by magic and on a quest for vengeance upon the magic-wielders. Blood Duty is another shadowy tale that, in a few short pages, packs an emotional punch.

Humor also plays a large role in many of the stories, either through the wit of the characters or the ingeniousness of the tale itself. Absolutely Charming is black humor at its very best as the author takes a jab at the publishing world. Marek and Rais, uncommon thieves and the heroes of Wind Tiger, are such thoroughly engaging characters that readers will pine for more about them.

Gods, superheroes, werewolves, and writers are but a few of the characters to enjoy in PERCHANCE TO DREAM. You won't be disappointed."
--Romance Reviews Today, April 2005 (Romance Reviews Today 20050401)

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