Alias Space and Other Stories

From Publisher’s Weekly (Starred Review)
“Across 14 short pieces, Robson demonstrates a dizzying versatility, dipping into both science fiction and fantasy—and sometimes blurring the line between the two…. This is a superb showcase of Robson’s talents.” (full review)

From Locus
“[E]ach of Robson’s tales are hand-carved from different materials, and while we can see links and themes emerging, none of the stories are easy appendages to other stories, or to a would-be franchise…That impressive tonal and thematic range may be the simplest thing we can take away from this impressive first collection, except possibly for this: as eclectic as her settings and narrative modes might be, Robson consistently writes about characters who, within their limitations, simply want to do better.” (full review)

A signed, limited edition luxury hardcover. Also in ebook and audiobook.

Alias Space and Other Stories is my first short fiction collection, out now from legendary publisher Subterranean Press! A signed, limited edition luxury hardcover of more than 400 pages, with notes on each story, and a spectacular cover by Lauren Saint Onge.

The collection will also be available as an ebook and audiobook, but if books are your object of desire, you’ll want this one in hardcover, so order direct at the publisher’s website.

Cover of Alias Space and Other Stories shows a glam burlesque dancer on stage in a transparent wrap, leaning on an astronaut helmet

Image Description: The cover of Alias Space and Other Stories shows a glam burlesque dancer on stage in a transparent wrap, leaning on an astronaut helmet.

From legendary SF writer Michael Bishop:

“I admire both the short fiction of Kelly Robson and the author herself, inordinately. She never takes the easy way to tell a story and yet never makes any story seem the result of grueling struggle, even if she must sweat in solitude (or with keen editorial help) to get each story dead-on-the-dollar right.

“Further, these stories span wide ranges of space, time, history, social culture, and technological advance, as if Kelly has not only visited but lived in all the eras and milieus serving as her settings, past, present, or future. And because every tale radiates authenticity, Alias Space shines as a collection: a truly singular achievement.”

From the publisher, Subterranean Press

“We consider it one of the best—and most important—science fiction collections of recent years.”

Alias Space and Other Stories is the first fiction collection from Nebula Award-winning writer Kelly Robson, who vaulted onto the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror stage in 2015, earning spots in multiple Year’s Best anthologies. This volume collects Robson’s best stories to date, along with exciting new work, and notes to accompany each piece.

Robson’s stories are noted for their compassion, humanity, humor, rigor, and joy. This volume includes the chilling gothic horror “A Human Stain,” winner of the 2018 Nebula Award; the madcap historical fantasy “Waters of Versailles,” which was a finalist for both the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards; and science fiction stories such as the touching “Intervention,” chilling “The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill,” obscene “What Gentle Women Dare,” heartbreaking “Two-Year Man,” and many others.

These fourteen stories showcase Robson’s whip-smart richness of invention, brilliant storytelling, deep worldbuilding, and devilish sense of humor.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Two-Year Man
  • A Study in Oils
  • Intervention
  • La Vitesse
  • So You Want to be a Honeypot
  • Two Watersheds
  • The Desperate Flesh
  • Alias Space
  • Skin City
  • Waters of Versailles
  • What Gentle Women Dare
  • The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill
  • We Who Live in The Heart
  • A Human Stain
  • Acknowledgements