Red Dust and Dancing Horses and Other Stories
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About the Author
Nebula Award-nominated author Beth Cato hails from Hanford, California, but currently writes and bakes cookies in a lair west of Phoenix, Arizona. She's the author of the Clockwork Dagger duology and the Blood of Earth trilogy, plus scores of other short stories and poems across a multitude of publications. She shares her household with a hockey-loving husband, a numbers-obsessed son, and three feline overlords.
"Beth Cato crafts tales with heart, poignancy, and simple decency. She is the Thornton Wilder of SF!"
--Lawrence M. Schoen, author of Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard
"Cato writes with abundant heart, placing humanity and compassion in the forefront of everything that she does. Reading Cato's work renews my hope in humanity."
--Michael R. Underwood, author of Genrenauts
"These hauntingly beautiful stories and poems each contain a deep aching sadness wrapped around a beautiful gleaming hope--like fog around a sunbeam. If you weren't in love with Cato's writing before you sat down to read this collection, you will be by the time you're finished."
--Rhonda Parrish, editor of Equus
"In this collection, Cato shows exactly why she was a Nebula finalist last year. While the worlds in her shorts are vivid and enthralling, it's her characters that highlight her extraordinary skill. She moves easily from one milieu to another. The characters don't jump off the page, they pull you in to join them. This says nothing of the new twists she puts on well-trodden genres. The book is like a delightful night of small plates, each a delicious little escape, and the next arriving just as the flavor of the last is at its peak."
--Bishop O'Connell, author of the American Faerie Tale series
"With Ray Bradbury's poignant charm, Beth Cato explores the resilience of the soul in this versatile collection of stories. Haunting poetry, tales of steampunk horses, a sole survivor drifting in space, colonies on Mars, and toilet gnomes are just a few of the delights you'll find in Red Dust and Dancing Horses. Using science fiction and fantasy as her springboard, Cato delves into familiar themes of family--both those we are born into and those that choose us--to reaffirm the notion that what makes us truly human is our empathy toward one another. And story by story, she shows us powerful women: mothers, daughters, and granddaughters as they navigate life's dangers with courage and fortitude. It's a vibrant collection you don't want to miss."
--T. Frohock, author of Los Nefilim