Strangers and Beggars
by James Van Pelt
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An American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults
Strangers and Beggars gathers together for the first time seventeen stories, including one previously unpublished, by new talent, James Van Pelt, showcasing his explorations in science fiction, fantasy and horror.
Strangers and Beggars is one of twenty finalists for the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award. The list includes J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card, and Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl. See the complete list.
The American Library Association has picked Strangers and Beggars as one of the Best Books for Young Adults for 2003. See the entire list. (1/30/03)
"James Van Pelt is a Grand Junction schoolteacher quietly building a career as one of the top writers of short science fiction."
-The Denver Post
"James Van Pelt's short story collection may have Beggars in the title, but it's actually full of riches--a treasure trove of stories on everything from baseball to sorrow to the surveillance culture. And above all Van Pelt's insightful and unique perspective on everything from highway congestion to compulsion to school administrators. A varied and absorbing collection by a versatile and talented author."
-Connie Willis, multiple Hugo and Nebula award-winning author of Passage.
"A collection of short fiction is a writerís bravest act. Boring passages in a novel can be redeemed, but a dull story remains irreparably dead. Fortunately, Van Peltís work is consistent, strong, and occasionally crackling. Like many of his protagonists, heís answered a difficult challenge well."
-Tangent Online see the entire review
"James Van Pelt has a gift for opening strange new windows on familiar events, revealing the world from a perspective you never knew existed. Read these stories and feel your mind stretch."
-Jerry Oltion, Nebula winning author of "Abandon in Place"
"From dusty chalk trays to the edges of space and time, this collection of stories by James Van Pelt not only enthralls and amazes, but reaffirms this author's rare ability to remind us of what it is to be human. Highly recommended."
- Julie E. Czerneda, author of In the Company of Others
"James Van Pelt is one of those writers who should be a lot better known than he is. He's been flying below most people's radar, because his wonderful, inventive, moving short stories have been appearing hither and yon. But that should change now that the best of them are here, in a single volume, that belongs on every SF fan's shelf."
- Robert J. Sawyer, Nebula Award-winning author of Hominids
"Equally adept at science fiction, fantasy and horror, Jim Van Pelt is one of those rare writers who swoop effortlessly across the landscape of the fantastic. I read him with admiration and envy. Discover a new master of the short form in the pages of Strangers and Beggars."
-James Patrick Kelly, Nebula award-winning author of "Think Like a Dinosaur."
"Welcome to the world of James Van Pelt, a world of invisible shotgun-toting dwarves, psychic baseball consultants, sharks under the carpet, and giant spiders. The world of imaginative literature."
-from multiple Nebula award-winning author, Bruce Holland Rogers' introduction.
Available in trade paperback (ISBN 0-9668184-5-8, $17.99) from Fairwood Press, 5203 Quincy Ave SE, Auburn, WA 98092. Email the publisher or the author for more information. Autographed copies available from the author.
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