The Best of Lucius Shepard, Volume Two

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Pub Date 31 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 11 Jan 2022

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When Lucius Shepard passed away in 2014, he left behind a body of work unparalleled in its richness, power, and sheer originality. In 2008, Subterranean Press published The Best of Lucius Shepard, which served as a massive monument to an extraordinary career. Over time, this monument has proved insufficient, so we now have this even more massive second volume. It is a gift that Shepard’s many devoted readers will take to their hearts. Weighing in at more than 300,000 words, spread across nearly 850 pages, this magisterial book brings together fourteen stories and novellas, three of which (“Aztechs,” “The Last Time,” and “Ariel”) have never been previously collected. Each of them, without exception, is worth returning to over and over again.

Lucius Shepard’s life and work took him, quite literally, to the ends of the earth, and this masterful collection reflects his restless, peripatetic nature. The volume opens with “A Traveler’s Tale,” an account of the horrors that attend the creation of a small community of outcasts on the coast of Honduras. It ends with “Dog-Eared Paperback of My Life,” a surreal account of a Conradian journey up the Mekong River, a journey that moves through multiple interpenetrating realities. In between these bookended moments, Shepard introduces us to an astonishing array of people, places, and dramatic, often horrific situations.

The Hugo Award-winning novella “Barnacle Bill the Spacer” is a powerfully written account of mutiny in deep space. “Jailbait” recounts the relationship between two lost souls adrift in the world of the hobo jungles. In “Ariel,” alien incursions and quantum physics merge in a tale of love, memory, and obsession. “Human History” posits a remote, low-tech future in which the human race is subordinate to the all-powerful Captains. “Crocodile Rock” is a tale of murder and impossible transformations set in a vividly evoked Africa. And in “Liar’s House,” Shepard adds a fascinating chapter to what may be his most iconic creation: the world of the Dragon Griaule.

Like its predecessor, The Best of Lucius Shepard, Volume Two is, quite simply, an essential book. 

When Lucius Shepard passed away in 2014, he left behind a body of work unparalleled in its richness, power, and sheer originality. In 2008, Subterranean Press published The Best of Lucius Shepard...


Advance Praise

Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW):
“The late Shepard’s versatility is on full display in this superior collection of 14 novellas and short stories… The rich prose, nuanced human emotion, and inventive storytelling that exemplify Shepard’s best work shine throughout. This will wow fans and new readers alike.”

Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW):
“The late Shepard’s versatility is on full display in this superior collection of 14 novellas and short stories… The rich prose, nuanced human emotion, and...


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800 pages of some of the best work from one of the best science fiction and fantasy writers of the last 40 years. I didn't see volume 1 but I can tell you there's nothing less than excellent in volume 2. If you're new to Shepard, feel free to start here. If you're an old fan who's been missing him since he left us, what a great opportunity to reread some of your old favorites. Highly recommended.

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