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So Far, So Near
by Mat Coward

Subject: Science Fiction / Speculative Fiction
Publisher: Elastic Press (UK)

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first edition paperback, A5, 212pp p/b, ISBN 0955318106, 2007 UK only: £5.99 in stock (out of print with publisher)

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    I was thrilled to find 'We All Saw It' in this collection. It had stuck in my mind ever since I first read it. All the stories here have that distinctive tang, of the intrusion of the alien or fantastic on the ordinary, that we remember from some classic SF and are delighted to find again. Better yet, we find it fresh, and with a sharp philosophical and political mind behind observant eyes. Humanist SF with Martian cool!
    Ken MacLeod
    Even with extremely humorous booby-traps lurking for anyone with the ability to laugh, Mat Coward cannot disguise his basic humanity – nor can he hide his consummate skills at writing, damn fine story-telling, and dialogue to kill for. Read this book
    Jon George, author of Zootsuit Black (Tor UK)

My cat gets inside the TV and kills people. I know it does, I've seen it. But you just cannot argue with nature.

Killer cats. Just one of the extraordinary ideas spun into story by Mat Coward, a writer whose fiction is underpinned by an oblique sense of humour and infused with his wry take on life. Time travel, flying saucers, and little green men are often SF's starting points, but rarely have they been given the affectionate twists that Coward bestows on them. If you believe science fiction is the fiction of ideas then this unique collection is for you.