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Impossibilia

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FINALIST FOR THE AURORA AWARD-Best Collection

We all have things we hide away inside--secrets, fears, aspects of ourselves we keep locked away. Or try to.

In that respect, the characters we meet in Impossibilia are like any of us. They have things inside them too. Only their things are a little... different.

A dead wife that won't leave. A wolf. The secret to being the luckiest man alive.

Impossibilia was the first collection of short fiction from multi-award-winning author Douglas Smith and includes the following novelettes:

"Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by van Gogh" (Aurora Award Finalist)
"Spirit Dance" (Aurora Award WINNER)
"Going Down to Lucky Town" (Aurora Award Finalist)

In "Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by van Gogh," remote viewing drives a search through the past for lost masterpieces. An ex-CIA agent, haunted by the presence of his dead wife, falls in love with a beautiful remote viewer with her own secret. But can viewing the past change the present?

Cree legends, a love triangle, a covert government agency, and shape shifters collide in the award-winning "Spirit Dance," described in Challenging Destiny as "...a vivid and wonderfully written tale about Native Canadian spirits, in the vein of Thomas King."

In "Going Down to Lucky Town," an itinerant gambler chases a streak of luck across the country, while trying to win back the love of his daughter. The secret he finds forces him into an ultimate gamble for the highest stakes of all: his daughter's life.

And through all the stories, these characters share one more thing beyond what they hold inside. In the decisions they face, in the choices they make, they do what they do out of love. Lost love, found love, the love of a child. But love. So maybe they aren't that different from us after all...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 9mm | 204g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0991800729
  • 9780991800728

Review quote

"Rarely have I seen such an apt title to any book! Douglas Smith has given us three amazing stories that are so unusual and beautiful that no other name than Impossibilia could possibly describe this collection. Each tale was rapture and ecstasy, magical and mysterious, perfect and implausible. In short, I loved them all from the first word to the last. ... I don't know what else to say without spoiling things for you so I won't say anything else, except READ THIS BOOK!!!" -- Mass Movement Magazine

"The three stories collected in 'Impossibilia' are very different, covering almost the entire range of speculative genres. The writing is superb. Douglas Smith is an artisan and his stories beautifully crafted. ... In my search for the perfect short story, the three in this volume certainly qualify." --SF Crowsnest Book Reviews

"Both thematically and stylistically, these stories sometimes recall the work of better known authors, including Harlan Ellison, Theodore Sturgeon, and Ray Bradbury. But Smith puts such a personal stamp on his stories, and invests them with such depth of feeling, that they transcend the dangers of ... imitation and emerge as wholly original. ... There is a certain exhilaration that comes from reading the book's complex and powerfully emotional stories couched in that deft and smooth prose. It is easy to see why PS Publishing considers Smith an author who deserves more attention. ... [Smith deserves] to be known to by a very wide audience indeed." --Dead Reckonings review magazine

"Highly, highly recommended." --Fantasy Book Critic

"Impossibilia is a treasure to be savoured, like gourmet chocolates and fine wine. It includes three superb stories...each beautifully written and wondrously imagined. It took me several days to get through this book. Not because it is in any way difficult to read--far from it and quite the opposite: the stories in this collection are so wonderful, I wanted to take time to digest and enjoy each and every one." -- Rainbow Dragon Recommends

"The stories in this collection reach from van Gogh's rural France to the classic travelling fair to the far lost forest, and from timeshift to shapeshift to the activity of luck. That's range, or at least a glimpse of range, in the grand manner that harks back to Bradbury and Sturgeon and Ellison" -- Chaz Brenchley, award-winning UK writer

"Stories with hope are stories I need. ... I would very cheerfully read more stories by this author. ... Worth reading: definitely." --The International Review of Science Fiction
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About Douglas Smith

Douglas Smith is an award-winning Canadian author of fantasy, SF, horror, supernatural, and the ever popular "undefinable" who has been published in thirty countries and twenty-five languages around the world.



Doug is a three-time winner of Canada's Aurora Award for speculative fiction and has been a finalist for the international John W. Campbell Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, the CBC Bookies award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane.



His other works include:



THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD (Lucky Bat Books, 2013) - Urban fantasy novel



CHIMERASCOPE (ChiZine, 2010) - Collection - Finalist for the Sunburst Award, Aurora Award, and CBC Bookies Award



PLAYING THE SHORT GAME (Lucky Bat Books, 2014) - A writer's guide



LA DANSE DES ESPRITS (Dreampress, 2011) - Collection - Finalist for France's Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane



A sample of what others have said about Doug and his writing:



"One of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction." - Library Journal



"His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think." - Robert J. Sawyer, award-winning author



"A great storyteller with a gifted and individual voice." - Charles de Lint, award-winning author



Doug's website is www.smithwriter.com and he tweets at smithwrtr.
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