First Story: “The New Deal” by Trent Jamieson
“You hear about the new Deal?” Jacobi asked, crouching down by the nearest body on the flat corrugated iron roof.
Ulmer shrugged. “Just rumours, nothing definite. Last one wasn’t so good. These two aren’t going to benefit.”
He took a step back from the bodies, careful to stay on the line of nails marking the beam beneath, the roof was rusty; it creaked with his movement.
Jacobi grinned and brushed flies from his cracked lips. “These blokes been dead a while.”
SF writer and Silent Motion Picture Actor, Trent Jamieson should be 111 years old, but is only 41 on account of TEMPORAL RADIATION.
He lives in Brisbane with his wife, Diana, where he wrote the Death Works Trilogy published by Orbit Books. He is the author of the Death Works Series. They’re about Death – you know, the Grim Reaper – and they’re set in Brisbane. Death Works 4, The Memory of Death was published by Momentum in February 2014.
He has also just finished a Steampunkish secondary world fantasy duology for Angry Robot Books. The books, Roil and Night’s Engines both are now available. If you like the steam, and the punk, you might like `em.
He is currently working on the novel Day Boy, slated for publication with Text Publishing in 2015 (if he doesn’t screw up this draft).
Second story: “Disillusions” by Mike Resnick and Lawrence Schimel
They were gathered in the Great Hall when Edward looked up with an expectant smile on his face. An instant later it started raining toads inside the castle.
As the guests began screaming, Edward waved his hand, and suddenly the rug itself became a thousand mouths, each gobbling up one or more toads. But as the last of the toads were eaten, the mouths became insatiable, and started gnawing upon the furniture.
Mike Resnick is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short fiction.
He is the winner of 5 Hugo Awards (from a record 36 nominations), plus a Nebula and other major awards in the USA, France, Spain, Poland, Catalonia, Croatia and Japan. Mike is the author of 75 novels, close to 300 stories, and 3 screenplays. He has edited 41 anthologies, and is currently the editor of Galaxy’s Edge magazine. His site is at www.mikeresnick.com
Lawrence Schimel writes in both Spanish and English and has published over 100 books as author or anthologist, including FAIRY TALES FOR WRITERS (A midsummer Night’s Press), TAROT FANTASTIC (DAW), SOUTHERN BLOOD: VAMPIRE STORES FROM THE AMERICAN SOUTH (Cumberland House), THE DRAG QUEEN OF ELFLAND (Circlet), etc.
He lives in Madrid, Spain, where he works as a Spanish-to-English translator.
About the Narrators:
Martin Reyto is an educator, writer, and musician. He has worked in an eclectic variety of fields, including 18 years as a technical writer and software developer, 16 years as a teacher of creative writing, computer science, and business communication, and shorter stints as a symphony musician and audiobook narrator. He has published short fiction and two collections of his poetry.
Katherine Inskip weighs galaxies for a living, and builds worlds in her spare time. She is addicted to chocolate and Japanese logic puzzles.