Sunburst Award Finalist | Aurora Award Finalist | CBC Bookies Award Finalist
Chimerascope [ki-meer-uh-skohp]—a story of many parts...
A young artist hungers to draw you.
A dinner conversation takes three lifetimes to finish.
A geologist faces a planet-sized, eons-old puzzle to save her crew.
The hero of the Fall of Earth must choose between love and revenge.
A mysterious dancer leads a businessman to a most exclusive nightclub.
A man is born each day into a new life—only to die each night.
A sentient aurora threatens the last of humanity.
A Norse god's bar in Toronto hosts an unplanned family reunion.
A woman descends into insanity—or is it the end of the world?
A house as big as the world.
Chimerascope is the first full collection of short fiction from multi-award winning author Douglas Smith, containing sixteen of his best stories, including an award winner, a Best New Horror selection, and eight award finalists. Sixteen stories of fantasy and science fiction that take you from love in fourteenth-century Japan to humanity's last stand, from virtual reality to the end of reality, from alien drug addictions to a dinner where a man loses everything.
Chimerascope includes the following stories:
"Scream Angel" Aurora Award WINNER"The Red Bird" Aurora Award Finalist"By Her Hand, She Draws You Down" Aurora Award Finalist, Best New Horror selection"New Year's Eve" Aurora Award Finalist"Out of the Light""State of Disorder" Aurora Award Finalist"The Boys Are Back in Town""Symphony" Aurora Award Finalist"Enlightenment" Aurora Award Finalist"Nothing""Jigsaw" Aurora Award Finalist"Going Harvey in the Big House" Aurora Award Finalist"The Last Ride""The Dancer at the Red Door" Aurora Award Finalist"A Taste Sweet and Salty""Memories of the Dead Man"
"His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think." —Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author
"A massively enjoyable trek…all filtered through Smith's remarkable imagination and prodigious talent." —Quill and Quire (starred review)
"The 16 stories in this collection showcase the inventive mind and immense storytelling talent of one of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction."—Library Journal
"An entertaining selection of stories that deftly span multiple genres." —Publishers Weekly
Smith s second collection (after 2008 s Impossibilia) delivers an entertaining selection of 17 stories that deftly span multiple genres, often milking surprisingly original tales out of tired tropes. The Zelazny-inspired The Boys Are Back in Town nicely toes the line between quirky humor and pathos. State of Disorder, featuring a classic mad scientist out for revenge, is a neat twist on time travel and quantum physics. Jigsaw, a young adult tale, is a fun romp involving aliens and continental drift. The best of the bunch, By Her Hand, She Draws You Down, is a haunting variant on the vampire legend with an understated and brutal ending. Even the occasional subpar story is worth reading for Smith s innovative use of classic genre concepts. The introductions all provide nice context, though Smith occasionally overexplains in afterwords.