Friday, June 01, 2007


Here's the wraparound cover art for the forthcoming Bruce McAllister hardcover collection THE GIRL WHO LOVED ANIMALS AND OTHER STORIES (Golden Gryphon Press). Bruce's story "Kin" is a Hugo Award nominee in this year's Short Story category. "The Boy in Zaquitos" was selected to appear in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2007, guest edited by Stephen King. Both stories will be included in this seventeen-story collection. The introduction is by Harry Harrison; the afterword is by Barry N. Malzberg; and I think the book is slated for an October release date. It's a heckuva collection and I'm proud to be a part of this book.

"Bruce McAllister was widely regarded as one of the best science fiction writers of the '80s (although he really started all the way back in 1963), and the recent work in this collection shows that he's lost none of his skills here in the Oughts. THE GIRL WHO LOVED ANIMALS AND OTHER STORIES, which spans five decades of his brilliant career, shows McAllister at his best: complex, compassionate, angry, thoughtful, subtle, and always concerned with exploring the hidden places of the human heart." -- Gardner Dozois, editor of the annual YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION anthology series.


Blogger Cheryl said...

Oh, very nice!

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Christopher said...

That's definitely a stop-ya-in-the-aisles cover, John.

Absolutley stunning work!

6:31 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Hi, Cheryl --

Thanks very much. :) I'm glad you like it.

Hi, Christopher --

Really appreciate it. That's very kind of you.

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Scott Cupp said...

John - Once again a spectacular cover to a book by a great writer. Bruce McAllister is one of the great undiscovered secrets of the field. And a hell of a nice guy.

7:43 AM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Thanks, Scott. Yeah, I met Bruce briefly at Worldcon. He really is a very good guy.

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Diana said...

Wow--that's absolutely stunning! Excepting CANTICLE, I think it's my favorite to date--it's really gorgeous.

1:43 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Hi, D --

I really appreciate it. Very kind. Hope all's well over there.

5:17 PM  

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