The Dark Ride
The Best Short Fiction of John Kessel
by John Kessel
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Pub Date 30 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 01 Jun 2022
The Dark Ride collects John Kessel’s best short fiction, beginning with 1981’s “Not Responsible! Park and Lock It!” and ending with 2021’s “The Dark Ride.” The stories range from flash pieces to novellas, from comedy to existential horror, from far future SF to Kafkaesque fantasy, including 40,000 words of never-before-collected fiction and extensive author’s notes.
All his best are here, among them Nebula Award winners “Another Orphan” and “Pride and Prometheus,” by the writer Sci-Fi Weekly called “quite possibly the best short story writer working in science fiction today.”
“…capable of the most artful and rigorous literary composition, but with a mischievious genius that inclines him toward speculative fiction… [Kessel] writes with subtlety and great wit…and his craftmanship is frequently absolutely brilliant. Plus, his sense of comedy is remarkable."
Nick Gevers, Infinity Plus:
“Articulate, polished, dazzlingly ingenious, thoroughly varied but essentially of a piece…a systematic demonstration of just what, in serious and ambitious hands, contemporary literary SF can do.”
New York Times Book Review:
"These are stories that liberate the mind, which of course is what escapism is all about."
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