The Anarchist Bundle, curated by Nick Mamatas: Anarchy is perfectly science fictional—it's widely derided as absolutely impossible, even as the entire apparatus of state and capital are dedicated to making sure that anarchy never blooms. And yet, constantly, sometimes in venues as small as a household, or across entire nations and a worldwide social class, it blooms. Anarchy is inevitable.
Science fiction is the genre of change. The state and capital may try to forestall the future, contain it, or control it, but they will fail. The books in this bundle are about the weaknesses in authority's stranglehold, and the fun we can have escaping it. Some science fiction is about anarchy; some is written in the spirit of anarchy and revels in the anarchic.
I'm extremely pleased to bring to this StoryBundle three titles available as ebook for the very first time. Lisa Goldstein'sThe Dream Yearsis a stellar timeslip novel about Surrealism and the Events of May 1968 in Paris, France. Dennis Danvers'The Watch brings Kropotkin into the twentieth century, with the key to changing the world. My own anthologyThe Urban Bizarre includes extreme early work by Charlie Jane Anders, Tim Pratt, Jeff Somers, and many more.
Click here to read much more about the bundle, and make sure to click on each cover for reviews and a preview of all the books!
The Dream Years by Lisa Goldstein
"As long as the visions of the time-traveling Surrealists retain a hard-edged palpability (like the most memorable dreams and nightmares), the complex narrative succeeds on two levels - it teases the fancy while it engages the intellect….that makes one eager to read more of Lisa Goldstein's meditations on life and art."– New York Times
Homuncula by John Henri Nolette
"Before I launch into some obligatory literary and political critique, let me say that this book is FUN. If like me, you're interested in early 20th century pulp fiction and anarchism, this novel is a gold mine from a fellow fan. Don't judge this book by its Gothic cover; it gets pretty darn playful with its subjects."– Steve Brady in Slingshot
The Watch by Dennis Danvers
"A time travel romp that offers fresh occasion for the philosophical musings that undergirded his earlier novel….He wrings genuine emotion from a decision that Kropotkin must make when given the chance to bring his theoretical ideas to fruition at a price that calls into question his deepest ethical beliefs."– New York Times Book Review
What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower by Margaret Killjoy
"In What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower, the estimable Margaret Killjoy takes a story-form usually associated with younger readers and infuses it with decadence and absinthe along with delirious and dissolute fantasy. If you're choosing your own adventure, I strongly recommend you make it this one."– Alan Moore, author of Watchmen
Byzantium Endures by Michael Moorcock
"What is extraordinary about this novel…is the largeness of the design. Moorcock has the bravura of a nineteeth-century novelist: he takes risks, he uses fiction as if it were a divining rod for the age's most significant concerns. Here, in Byzantium Endures, he has taken possession of the early twentieth century, of a strange, dead civilization and recast them in a form which is highly charged without ceasing to be credible."– Peter Ackroyd, Sunday Times
The Laughter of Cartharge by Michael Moorcock
"The Laughter of Carthage and its companion volumes will be seen…as an imaginative record of our own time rather than as a simple reconstruction of that which has gone."– Peter Ackroyd, The Sunday Times
A Country of Ghosts by Margaret Killjoy
"This is a fierce, intelligent, hopeful book—a fantasy (of sorts) of unusual seriousness, humanity, and wit."– Felix Gilman, author of The Half-Made World
Gravity by Michael Kazepis
"Nods to David Lynch, Edgar Allen Poe, and Robert Bolaño . . . writing that will stick to your bones, scar you, and turn your insides out as your sanity spirals downward in the dark reaches of space."– Penboys Review
Damnificados by JJ Amaworo Wilson
"Two-headed beasts, biblical floods, dragonflies to the rescue—magical realism threads through this authentic and compelling struggle of men and women—the damnificados—to make a home for themselves against all odds. Into this modern, urban, politically familiar landscape of the 'have-nots' versus the 'haves,' Amaworo Wilson introduces archetypes of hope and redemption that are also deeply familiar—true love, vision quests, the hero's journey, even the remote possibility of a happy ending. These characters, this place, this dream will stay with you long after you've put this book down."– Sharman Apt Russell, author of Hunger
Dance the Eagle to Sleep by Marge Piercy
"Dance the Eagle to Sleep bears a strong family resemblance, in kind and quality, to William Golding's Lord of the Flies and to Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange. It would be no surprise to see it become, like these others, a totem and legend of the young."– Time
Sensation by Nick Mamatas
"Nick Mamatas continues his reign as the sharpest, funniest, most insightful and political purveyor of post-pulp pleasures going. He is the People's Commissar of Awesome."– China Miéville, award-winning author of Kraken and The City and the City
Pay what you want! You choose how much you want to pay for these awesome books. (Click on each book above to check them out.) You decide how much of your purchase goes to the author and how much goes to help keep StoryBundle running. If your purchase price is $15 or more, you get EIGHT more books: The Dream Years by Lisa Goldstein, Homuncula by John Henri Nolette, Crypsis by John Henri Nolette, What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower by Margaret Killjoy, The Laughter of Cartharge by Michael Moorcock, Gravity by Michael Kazepis, The Urban Bizarre by Nick Mamatas and Dance the Eagle to Sleep by Marge Piercy!
Zero DRM. There's no DRM on any of our books. None. Why? For one, we don't believe DRM actually stops people from sharing what they want to share. Second, and most importantly, we don't believe we should be treating our customers as criminals. So go ahead and put these on your tablets, Kindles and smartphones, but if a friend wants to read the bundle, please have them buy one for themselves. With pay-what-you-want, we believe there's a price for everyone. Or better yet, buy one for them as a gift. Help support indie authors!
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