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Angel Body and other Magic for the Soul, edited by Chris Reed & David Memmott

ISBN 1 872588 05 0 (UK) * ISBN 1 877655 39 2 (USA)
192pp trade paperback

UK: £9.95 postage paid from BBR, PO Box 625, Sheffield S1 3GY, or order through the BBR Catalogue
USA: $16.95 postage paid from Wordcraft of Oregon, PO Box 3235, La Grande, OR 97850 or order through the Wordcraft website
Elsewhere:  Please see the BBR Catalogue for local rates

For the past twenty years the American small press Wordcraft of Oregon has built up a stable of authors that reads like a speculative fiction who's who. Many have gone on to be widely published, or be acclaimed as winners or nominees of major literary prizes including the Pushcart, Rhysling, Readercon, Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke and Stoker awards.

Now twenty-five writers, artists and poets from the Wordcraft stable have come together in a major new anthology in celebration of this US publisher's achievements. From Chicano bioterrorists to restless vampires, supermodel wannabes to singing angels, each piece in this collection takes the reader into uncharted territory as only the best speculative fiction can.

"Wordcraft is doing exactly what a small/alternative press should be doing: putting into print literate, innovative fiction that falls outside the commercial norm, from writers who are trying interesting things in intelligent ways."
—Steve Moore, Dalkey Archive Press

Recent Reviews

"... the amazing Angel Body ... many [of the] stories swing for the fences (and more often than not, hit the ball out of the park) ... Speculative fiction at its unapologetic best, a crucial testament that this field is anything but fallow."
—Alan DeNiro, Rain Taxi, Fall 2003
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"What do you get when you combine the editorial genius of Back Brain Recluse's Chris Reed with that of Wordcraft's David Memmott? Only one of the best original anthologies of the year."
—Paul Di Filippo, Asimov's SF, August 2003
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"Book of the issue ... an exceptionally fine selection, combining insight into human personalities and motives with red-hot and inspiring ideas ... a quilt of creative genius: no other anthology in the past few years has packed so much originality between its covers."
—Roelof Goudriaan, Albedo 1 #27, May 2003
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"Angel Body will delight and fill its reader with wonderment and verve... Chris Reed and David Memmott have not only brought together a great many talents, they have festooned Angel Body with sprinkles of wonder in artwork and word play, and in doing so have re-written the rules that define small press; let's hope the rest can keep up!"
—Lee Justice, The Alien Online, May 2003
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"The best anthology of 2002: a feast of experimentation, a celebration of diversity and a triumph of innovation ... If you love your speculative fiction to take risks and – mostly – get away with it then buy this book! How much more recommendation do you need?"
—Jetse de Vries, The Fix #6, April 2003
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"If you accept that the small press community has a vital role to play in determining any future developments in the world of fantastic literature, but you remain somewhat wary of buying the irregular little magazines due to the inconsistent quality of their contents, then Angel Body is a truly outstanding sampler of established talent from the dynamic independent publishing scene."
—Steven Hampton, The Zone, March 2003
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"... Factor in the appearance this year of not one, not two, but four anthologies or magazine issues devoted to cross-genre short fiction – Conjunctions 39, my own (co-edited) Leviathan 3, Angel Body (BBR, UK), and Polyphony 1; almost 1,800 pages of cross-pollination – and a sea change seems in the air ..."
—Jeff VanderMeer, Locus Online, November 2002
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Full contents list
Chris Reed's foreword
David Memmott's introduction
Find Wordcraft books and other work by Angel Body contributors in the BBR Catalogue