The Trans Space Octopus Congregation
Releasing October 2019!
With an introduction by Charlie Jane Anders
Lethe Press is excited to be releasing the debut short story collection by Bogi Takács. Takács may be known more for their recent editorial efforts, winning a Lambda Literary Award for Transcendent 2: The Year's Best Transgender Themed Speculative Fiction. But Takács is a talented storyteller and poet. An uplifted octopus finds a strange capsule in the water and wonders if one of the long-vanished humans might be found inside; a team of scientists perform some reverse-engineering on a space station and shapeshifting becomes political; and other tales of AI, hybrids, and the far future.
"This Shall Serve as a Demarcation"
"Some Remarks on the Reproductive Strategy of the Common Octopus"
"A Superordinate Set of Principles"
"Given Sufficient Desperation"
"Changing Body Templates"
"For Your Optimal Hookboarding Experience"
"Increasing Police Visibility"
"Good People in a Small Space"
"Recordings of a More Personal Nature"
"This Secular Technology"
"The Size of a Barleycorn, Encased in Lead"
"The Oracle of DARPA"
"Toward the Luminous Towers"
"Wind-Lashed Vehicles of Bone"
"The Need for Overwhelming Sensation"
"Spirit Forms of the Sea"
"All Talk of Common Sense"
"Standing on the Floodbanks"
Paperback, 326 pages
"From uplifted octopuses on far flung planets to intensely topical explorations of authoritarianism and tightening borders here on Earth, this collection reveals a dazzling (and sometimes shattering) breadth of speculative fiction. It treats openly with a universe dominated by distance and space but made beautiful by the diverse people and connections that exist in the fleeting light of stars and in the shadows left behind when war and time ravage and ruin. Challenging and formally daring, the stories act as a prod and provocation for readers to engage more deeply with the world around them, to challenge their perspectives by putting them into minds both alien and achingly familiar, seeking empathy beyond what can be easily recognized or understood." - Charles Payseur, Quick Sip Reviews