Elements: A Collection of Speculative Fiction
Canadian SF author Suzanne Church's cast of unique characters ask "What if?" in this whimsical collection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction.
Androids, aliens, zombies, and humans - Church's unforgettable characters ponder upon such concepts as "Can humanity survive an ice age? Will the storm man steal Wanda's baby? When will Bob and Sebbee escape the relentless march of the Lost Circle? What is the cause of the taint in Faya's courted ice? If you can't escape hell, can you at least afford a trip on a teleporting couch?"
These are but a few of the mind-twisting tales found in ELEMENTS, Suzanne Church's first collection of science fiction, mythic fantasy, and festering horror short fiction and features a suitable tale for every temperament.
This collection includes 21 stories and an introduction by award winning author, editor, and poet, Sandra Kasturi.
- Story outlines:
- Elite medics harvest organs from the fallen during combat.
- Doctors battle an African epidemic caused by a custom-designed pathogen.
- Freed slaves face the wrath of a storm god.
- Mythic deities manipulate the elements.
- Tears come to life to protect a battered woman.
- A computer-like savant bails from an airship and is captured by a mysterious woman.
- Cyberdrugs allow users to snort synchronized songs.
- Humans undergo genetic mutations as a means to endure an ice age.
- An engineer corrects alien toilet malfunctions on a lodging satellite.
- Dimension hopping is used by a teenager as a bully-avoidance technique.
- Talking objects march in a lost and found circle.
- A radioactive monkey hides in a suburb.
- While running, a man learns the hazards of roadside zombie encounters.
- Flouting the rules, an android sneaks into the midst of primitive humans.
- On their generation ship, disease-riddled humans finally return to Earth.
Whether quirky or horrific, Suzanne Church infuses emotion into every ELEMENTS tale, leading each reader to laughter or tears with effects that linger long after the stories have been told.
About the Author:
Suzanne Church lives near Toronto, Ontario with her two teenaged sons. She is a 2011 and 2012 Aurora Award finalist for her short fiction. She writes Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror because she enjoys them all and hates to play favourites. When cornered she becomes fiercely Canadian. Her stories have appeared in Cicada, Clarkesworld, and On Spec, and in several anthologies including Chilling Tales: Evil Did I Dwell; Lewd I Did Live and Tesseracts 14. [MORE]
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"The unassuming title conceals a debut collection that highlights the author's considerable skills." Publishers Weekly
"Elements is a wide-ranging debut collection from an atypical writer with a distinct and interesting voice." Canadian Science Fiction Review
"This debut collection of short speculative fiction shows the incredible versatility of an emerging Canadian author. Suzanne Church uses a sparse, conversational style to engage empathy from the reader, and delivers a wide range of innovation across the speculative genresfrom zany, ridiculous romps of fantasy to dark, Kafkaesque science fiction." Steve Stanton, 49th Shelf
"I found myself enjoying these stories more with each one I read." Christopher Frost, Neon Magazine
"There's a worthwhile selection of short fiction books available this month as well, including themed anthologies, tribute anthologies and single author collections." John DeNardo, kirkusreviews.com
"A engrossing collection of tales, sometimes dark, always thought-provoking and original." Kelley Armstrong
"Suzanne Church is a shining new star in the Canadian science-fiction firmament. Her wonderful stories will move and delight you." Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author Red Planet Blues
"Suzanne Church is a bright new star on the speculative-fiction horizon. I'm very excited to see this mesmerizing collection, which shows the fabulous range of Suzanne's talent and includes 'The Tear Closet,' one of my favorite stories in recent years." David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder as a Fine Art
"...every last tale in this book is a powerful glimpse of a reality that's very different from our own. Some are dark, others are wry all are unforgettable..." Ed Greenwood, New York Times bestselling creator of The Forgotten Realmsฎ
"Suzanne Church covers a lot of ground in this collection, from Science Fiction to Dark Fantasy with twinges of horror tossed in. Hers is a unique voice and added to that, she is a superb wordsmith. These stories are nothing like what you've read before; I couldn't put this book down!" Nancy Kilpatrick, author of The Power of the Blood world
"Suzanne Church's fiction is charming, dark, powerful, and stylish, sometimes all at once." Kij Johnson, Assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Kansas and Associate director for the Center for the Study of Science Fiction