Unpossible and Other Stories
My first collection of short stories, including the Asimov’s Reader’s Choice Award winner “Second Person, Present Tense,” and a number of stories that made year’s best lists over the years. The book also includes two never before published short stories, an introduction by Nancy Kress, and story notes. The cover is by Antonello Silverini.
Reviews and Year’s Best Awards
Publisher’s Weekly A Top 5 science fiction and fantasy book of the year
Unpossible is Gregory’s first collection. The stories are all quite short, with no time wasted on lumpy exposition or treacly morals, but each one carries all the grim weight and peculiar beauty of his novels, simmered down to a deceptively sweet syrup that goes down easy and then twists in your guts. They poke at complex, difficult notions, not so much trying to answer questions as trying to figure out how to begin asking them… These are not comfortable stories, which is a good part of what makes them worth reading.
Emily Temple, FlavorWire The Most Criminally Overlooked Books of 2011
Gregory’s first collection of stories, featuring two brand new tales, is full of wonderful, unpredictable characters, from superhero sidekicks to teenagers on futuristic drugs. Largely science-fictional and fantastical, Gregory’s playful use of language and deeply human sentiments make each page a delight.
Gary K. Wolfe, Locus Magazine:
Daryl Gregory has emerged as one of the most consistently interesting and yet least predicatable writers of the last decade . . . A writer of startling depth and sensitivity, whose understanding of the delicate machinations of the heart trumps his need for superheroes, or even for neurology.
Faren Miller, Locus Magazine:
Daryl Gregory has found ways to explore the human mind and spirit—for good, bad, or any of the strange places between such absolutes—that seem very much his own in his first collection.
Comments from colleagues
“Gregory’s short fiction displays certain central obsessions—a keen understanding of cognitive sciences; an interest in families and questions of relationships and maturity; and an obsession with popular culture.” —Chris Roberson, New York Time best selling author of iZombie.
“Facts do not begin to describe Daryl. Not describe him, not contain him, not constrain him. Both in person and in his fiction Daryl breaks the paltry bonds of fact. They cannot hold him. . . Read these stories for their human truths, for their inventiveness, for their verve. Most of all, read them for your own pleasure.” —Nancy Kress, author of Steal Against the Sky
“Brilliant…This is a collection for anyone who can think and feel. From the beginning to the end, Unpossible and Other Stories grabbed me by the brain until my heart cried out in compassion. It’s a must-read book.” —James Van Pelt, author of Summer of the Apocalypse
“A treasure box of a collection. Daryl Gregory writes the way King Croesus probably dreamed: It’s all gold.” —Jack Skillingstead, author of Harbinger
Table of Contents
- Daryl Gregory: Facts and Obsessions by Nancy Kress
- Second Person, Present Tense
- The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm
- Gardening at Night
- Petit Mal #1: Glass
- What We Take When We Take What We Need
- Petit Mal #2: Digital
- Message from the Bubblegum Factory
- Free, and Clear
- Dead Horse Point
- In the Wheels
- Petit Mal #3: Persistence
- The Continuing Adventures of Rocket Boy
- Story Notes