The Best of Me

FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2008

 

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Roland has asked for the table of contents for Subterranean Press’s forthcoming The Best of Michael Swanwick collection.  And of course I’m only too happy to oblige:
The Best of Michael Swanwick
The Feast of Saint Janis
Ginungagap
Trojan Horse
A Midwinter’s Tale
The Edge of the World
Griffin’s Egg
The Changeling’s Tale
North of Diddy-Wah-Diddy
Radio Waves
The Dead
Mother Grasshopper
Radiant Doors
The Very Pulse of the Machine
Wild Minds
Scherzo With Tyrannosaur
The Rabble Taggle Gypsy-O
The Dog Said Bow-Wow
Slow Life
 Legions in Time
 Triceratops Summer
From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled . . . 
Which, all modesty aside, is a pretty good lineup and one that includes almost all my favorite stories.
It looks like Subterranean is going to print the stories in the order I provided them, which is to say in strict chronological order.  I was slightly tempted to reverse the last two stories, making the final one “Triceratops Summer,” so that the volume would end on a elegiac note.  But if you start cheating on small things, you’ll go on to cheating on your taxes, and from there it’s a small hop, skip, and jump to that inevitable moment when you find yourself firing a Glock out a tenement apartment window and shouting, “You’ll never take me alive, coppers!”  So I thought I’d best stick with the straight and narrow.
Also, this way the very last word in the book is “Goodbye.” 
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