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Vacancy & Ariel by Lucius Shepard

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  • ISBN: 978-1-59606-239-9
  • Length: 220 pages


For many of us, the Ace Double Novels of the ‘50s and ‘60s have long been a source both of pleasure and nostalgia. This new double volume from Subterranean Press stands squarely in that distinguished tradition, offering a pair of colorful, fast-paced novellas from one of the finest writers currently working in any genre: Lucius Shepard.

In Vacancy, a washed-up actor, a mysterious motel, and a Malaysian “woman of power” form the central elements in a riveting account of a rootless man forced to confront the impossible – but very real – demons of his past. This is Shepard at his harrowing, hallucinatory best.

Ariel brilliantly transmutes some traditional SF concepts – alien incursions, the mysteries of quantum physics – into an astonishing, often moving reflection on love and obsession, memory and identity, and the archetypal conflict that stands at the heart of an infinite multitude of worlds.

Trade: 500 unsigned hardcover copies

From Locus:
“One of the field's best authors shows his talent for the darker side with two award-winning novellas: Asimov's Reader Poll winner 'Ariel' (SF) and Shirley Jackson Award winner 'Vacancy' (dark fantasy).”