The mighty dragon: possibly the most popular, and quintessential fantasy creature/monster. In this instalment of Short Fiction Watch, we wanted to draw your attention to THE BOOK OF DRAGONS, a new anthology of short stories edited by Jonathan Strahan. Published by Voyager in the UK (out now) and in North America (out tomorrow), it features a story by Aliette de Bodard!
Modern masters of fantasy and science fiction put their unique spin on the greatest of mythical beasts — the dragon — in never-before-seen works written exclusively for this fantasy anthology compiled by award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan and with art by Rovina Cai!
Here there be dragons…
From China to Europe, Africa to North America, dragons have long captured our imagination in myth and legend. Whether they are rampaging beasts awaiting a brave hero to slay or benevolent sages who have much to teach humanity, dragons are intrinsically connected to stories of creation, adventure, and struggle beloved for generations.
Bringing together nearly thirty stories and poems from some of the greatest science fiction and fantasy writers working today — Garth Nix, Scott Lynch, R.F. Kuang, Ann Leckie & Rachel Swirsky, Daniel Abraham, Peter S. Beagle, Beth Cato, Zen Cho, C. S. E Cooney, Aliette de Bodard, Amal El-Mohtar, Kate Elliott, Theodora Goss, Ellen Klages, Ken Liu, Seanan Maguire, Patricia A McKillip, K. J. Parker, Kelly Robson, Michael Swanwick, Jo Walton, Elle Katharine White, Jane Yolen, Kelly Barnhill, Brooke Bolander, Sarah Gailey, and J. Y. Yang — and illustrated by award-nominated artist Rovina Cai with black-and-white line drawings specific to each entry throughout, this extraordinary collection vividly breathes fire and life into one of our most captivating and feared magical creatures as never before and is sure to become a treasured keepsake for fans of fantasy, science fiction, and fairy tales.
Aliette’s contribution is the story THE LAST HUNT. In related news, Aliette’s latest novella, OF DRAGONS, FEASTS AND MURDERS is out tomorrow, published by JABberwocky. It is a story set in the author’s award-winning and critically-acclaimed Dominion of the Fallen series — the novels in that series are published in the UK by Gollancz; in North America by Roc Books (1-2) and JABberwocky (3); and in a growing number of translated edition.