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Around Distant Suns

What happens when scientists and writers collaborate in the creative process?

Unique stories of distant planets, alien encounters, emergent life, and talking clouds, that’s what.

Writers paired with researchers from the University of St Andrews Centre for Exoplanet Science — experts in astrobiology, gravitational microlensing, Miller-Urey experiments, and exoplanet atmospheres. Each pair met several times: to get to know each other, discuss the researcher's work, and let ideas spark.

From these conversations emerged short stories, poems, and radio plays. Some are closely tied to the research work, others are flights of the imagination alighting from that point. Are are fascinating results of the mixing of ideas.

In the last two decades science has discovered an abundance of planetary systems. But science fiction writers have been writing about exoplanets for a good deal longer than scientists. Thus, science fiction is a crucial tool for learning about how humans might interact with these far-off planets. Both groups are addressing deeper questions — what is life, where did we come from, are we alone, what does it all mean — from different angles. See how both fields grow from collaborations such as found here.

Nine Stories Inspired by Research from the St Andrews Centre for Exoplanet Science
£6.00
Tales of the Sunrise Lands

Anthology of Fantasy Japan

Japan has long fascinated with its unique culture and elaborite folklore. This anthology collects fantasy stories inspired by the culture and literary traditions of the Japanese. From steadfast samurai and contemplative monks, to transforming animals, horrifying spirits, end everyday items come to life, these tales transport you to the magical world of the Sunrise Lands.

  • An itinerant monk and his animal companion follow an evil wind to a desolate village.
  • An onmyōji astrologer investigates the murder of a man who held secrets of the Imperial family.
  • The gods' gift of good luck is accompanied by an invisible cat.
  • The daughter of a fallen samurai is drawn back into her violent past to defend a village from attacking rōnin.
  • A little girl is caught between a mischievous fox and a talking fish.

18 stories of magical Japan, by: Mike Adamson, Stewart C Baker, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Jaap Boekestein, Evan Dicken, Alice Dryden, Steven Grassie, Alison Akkiko McBain, Harry Elliot, Marta Murvosh, Kirstie Olley, Richard Parks, Frances Pauli, TS Rhodes, Douglas Smith, Lyn Thorne-Adler, Josh Wagner, Will Weisser.

£10.00
Myriad Lands, Vol. 2: Beyond the Edge

Beyond the familiar tropes of knights and castles, elves and dragons, there is a whole world of possibilities for fantasy literature. This anthology collects fantasy stories whose inspiration lies beyond the traditional medieval European basis. It brings exciting new stories and overlooked voices into the fantasy genre. It comes in two volumes.

This volume contains stories set in imaginative other-worlds where society can take many different patterns. Stories by: Tanith Lee, Neil Williamson, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Phenderson Djeli Clark, Meghan Hutchins, Tom Fletcher, Melissa Mead, and more

  • A girl stows-away on a ship battling to obtain scarce water in a world where the seas are made of lava.
  • As dark forces destroy his city, a man has visions of a different life in a peaceful world. Which is the dream and which reality?
  • Can an island woman negotiate a dangerous deal with death mages to silence the volcano that threatens her people?
  • A shaman’s young assistant is poisoned for discovering a dangerous secret.
  • An investigator tries to decipher the message from assassins who use very aggressive flower arranging.

Includes stories set in the worlds of Tanith Lee’s Tales from the Flat Earth, Neil Williamson’s The Moon King, and Tom Fletcher’s Gleam.

Enjoy nineteen stories of fantasy, adventure, and magic set in unique lands beyond the edge of the known world.

£10.00
Myriad Lands, Vol. 1: Around the World

Beyond the familiar tropes of knights and castles, elves and dragons, there is a whole world of possibilities for fantasy literature. This anthology collects fantasy stories whose inspiration lies beyond the traditional medieval European basis. It brings exciting new stories and overlooked voices into the fantasy genre.

This volume contains stories based on real cultures (or their magical analogues) from all over our world. Stories by: Tade Thompson, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Lyn McConchie, Daniel Heath Justice, Dilman Dila, Daniel Ausema, and more.

  • A Chinese ex-soldier is confronted by the ghost of a young man he killed in battle.
  • Two sisters disagree on how to deal with the African gods who followed their family to modern Britain.
  • A blind Japanese girl journeys through the woods to tend her grandparents’ grave and encounters a nefarious fox spirit.
  • A Nigerian boy catches a magical fish the local magicians would love to eat. But is it worth more to him to keep it alive?
  • A girl from the Caucasus mountains is set to marry a young man from the valley, when an invasion of Cyclopses interrupts the wedding.

Enjoy nineteen stories of fantasy, adventure, and magic from around the world.

£10.00
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