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Here’s the the table of contents for Alex Shvartsman’s upcoming jam-packed short fiction collection Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories, which features a spiffy cover designed by Emerson Matsuuchi featuring cool art by Dixon Leavitt, and an Introduction by Ken Liu.

Here’s the book description:

40 short stories by Alex Shvartsman, winner of the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction.

  • An elder god trapped in a pocket dimension turns up in the world’s oldest magic pawn shop.
  • A cybernetically-enhanced assassin who can’t feel pain faces a dangerous adversary.
  • A computer hacker and a mystic team up to break into the Book of Fate and change their futures.
  • Vatican investigators are called to examine a miracle on another planet.

…and much, much more!

The e-book includes 23 bonus stories not featured in the printed edition, for a total of 63 stories! Each story includes author notes, written for this collection.

Here’s the full table of contents for both editions…

  1. “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma”
  2. “The Rumination on What Isn’t”
  3. “Doubt”
  4. “Spidersong”
  5. “Things We Leave Behind”
  6. “The Epistolary History”
  7. “A Shard Glows in Brooklyn”
  8. “Requiem for a Druid”
  9. “Nuclear Family”
  10. “Bedtime Story on Christmas Eve, 1,000,000 AD”
  11. “Seven Conversations in Locked Rooms”
  12. “High-Tech Fairies and the Pandora Perplexity”
  13. “The Keepsake Box”
  14. “The Field Trip”
  15. “Superior Firepower”
  16. “Life at the Lake’s Shore”
  17. “The Take”
  18. “The Dragon Ships of Tycho”
  19. “A Brief Respite from Eternity”
  20. “A Thousand Cuts”
  21. “Ravages of Time”
  22. “Price of Allegiance”
  23. “The Tell-Tale Ear”
  24. “The Miracle on Tau Prime”
  25. “The Tinker Bell Problem”
  26. “True Love”
  27. “You Bet”
  28. “The Far Side of the Wilderness”
  29. “Worldbuilding”
  30. “In the Wake of the Storm”
  31. “Putting It All Together”
  32. “Dominoes Falling”
  33. “Notes on the Game in Progress, Played Almost to a Draw”
  34. “Small Magics (*)”
  35. “Icarus Falls”
  36. “Coffee in End Times”
  37. “The Hourglass Brigade (*)”
  38. “A One-Sided Argument”
  39. “How Earth Narrowly Escaped an Invasion from Space”
  40. “Fate and Other Variables”

The bonus content (in e-book only) also includes the following

  1. “The Skeptic”
  2. “Good Advice”
  3. “In Service of a Greater Cause”
  4. “The Sgovari Stratagem”
  5. “A Gnomish Gift”
  6. “Pel’s Crusade”
  7. “A Better Tomorrow”
  8. “Hunter”
  9. “A Tear in the Web”
  10. “The Traveling Fair”
  11. “The Last Incantation”
  12. “An Indelible Feast”
  13. “The Storyteller”
  14. “One Thousand and First”
  15. “Manna From Heaven”
  16. “On the Last Afternoon”
  17. “Time Away”
  18. “The Getaway”
  19. “Those Who Can’t Do”
  20. “Number Station”
  21. “How to Locate and Capture Time Travelers: A Memo”
  22. “Chill”
  23. “Tales of the Elopus”
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1 Comment on Table of Contents: EXPLAINING CTHULHU TO GRANDMA AND OTHER STORIES by Alex Shvartsman

  1. Holy wow, that is jam packed! and I love the title!

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