Table of Contents: THE CLOCK STRUCK NONE by Lou Antonelli

Fantastic Books has posted the table of contents for Lou Antonelli‘s upcoming (February 2014) collection The Clock Struck None, which features an introduction by Scott A. Cupp.

Here’s the book description:

A collection of alternate and secret history short stories.

From airships lost between universes, to golems winning the fight against racism, Lou Antonelli explains the many ways the world might have been. Dip into this collection of previously-published tales, and you’ll experience:

  • Where technology suppresses magic in an apartheid-like state.
  • Ancient civilizations that succumb to their own nuclear holocausts.
  • Alternate worlds in which Christianity is just one of many minor Earth-bound religions, and others where it rules and spans outer space.
  • How the America’s westward expansion would have happened if the New Madrid earthquake had allowed the North American inland sea to reform.

Here you’ll find Antonelli’s version of Brigadoon, and of the sinking of the Titanic and the Carpathia. You’ll visit alternate realities that have been hiding Neanderthals, and pick up the lost Kodak snapshots of what might have been. With cameo appearances by O. Henry, Robert E. Howard, and Rod Serling, join this wild ride and delve into demonic possession, immortality, and the infinite variety of other worlds.

Including the 2013 Sidewise Award for Alternate History finalist short story “Great White Ship”.

Lou Antonelli is a modern speculative fiction author with classic sensibilities, honed by a long career as a newspaperman.

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This week’s question is a simple one, but yielded lots of responses. We asked this week’s panelists:

Q: What are some of your favorite short stories in sf/f/h and what makes them so memorable?

Read on to see some great reading suggestions, then check out Part 1. And be sure to tell us your own favorites!

Paul Melko
Paul Melko‘s first novel, Singularity’s Ring, won the Compton Crook/Stephan Tall Award as well as the Locus Award for Best First Novel. His second novel is The Walls of the Universe.

When I took a creative writing class in college, way back in 1991, we used one of the Norton anthologies. The professor asked us to pick a couple of stories to read and write about, so I of course scoured the table of contents for any science fiction stories at all. I found just a couple among the Cheevers and the Updikes and the Carvers: Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Star” and Ursula K. LeGuin’s “Those Who Walk Away from Omelas”. The former I had read before and found heavy-handed. (The teacher thought it was grand!) The latter story by LeGuin has stuck with me since. I suppose one could argue that it too is a heavy-handed polemic, but I had never seen science fiction deal so strongly with moral questions. It was quite moving to that 23-year-old fellow…

I think I’ll go re-read it now!

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