All Worlds are Real: Short Fictions
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"The 15 inventive stories in the heartfelt second collection of speculative fiction from Palwick (Mending the Moon) are connected by themes of death and recovery. . . Palwick's mastery of vibrant, immersive storytelling is never in doubt. Readers will be thoroughly transported by these achingly beautiful tales."
"Susan Palwick is a master storyteller with a deep understanding of the human soul and an expansive imagination that charms (and sometimes alarms) me. Her stories will transport you to strange places and will introduce you to the people who inhabit them. And yes, all of those worlds and all of those people are very real. They linger in the imagination, as solid as the floor beneath you, as intriguing as the stranger you met at a party, and as startling as a human soul, captured in a lucite cube and sold at the gift shop in the tenth circle of hell."
--Pat Murphy, author of The Falling Woman
"Susan Palwick's vivid characterization and knife-edged prose draw the reader into situations they never imagined, partnering in adventure with oft-unsettling companions. Lost souls, true believers, and unwilling good Samaritans abound in All Worlds are Real, pulling you into worlds strange and thrilling, alien and yet familiar--and then leaving you in them, working to draw your own map home."
--A.M. Dellamonica, author of Child of a Hidden Sea
"I don't just read a Susan Palwick story, I inhabit her characters. I experience their joys, doubts, sorrows, triumphs, and redemptions as if they were my own. Susan lays bare their hearts and, more importantly, their souls. I find the characters and their surroundings so convincing that as I read I know 'all worlds are real.' This collection includes many of my long-time favorite Susan Palwick stories and some brand new ones."
--Sheila Williams, editor of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine
"Palwick always makes me think, and makes me care, and makes me keep on reading. The easy comparison would be to Connie Willis or Neil Gaiman, but there's a depth and a groundedness to Palwick's work that makes her even better. These are important exciting stories that are fun to read, even when they're harrowing. I'm tempted to pick out favorites, but they're all so good! Go read them. They can speak for themselves. You can thank me later."
--Jo Walton, author of Among Others