by Ruthanna Emrys
Sympathy with the sea, with the weird, and with monsters fills the stories of Imperfect Commentaries. Ruthanna Emrys's collection offers readers feminist and #ownvoices Neo-Lovecraftian fiction, anthropological science fiction, and fantasies of belonging, plus miscellaneous deleted scenes, poems, and secret story origins. Readers familiar with her novels (Winter Tide and Deep Roots) will see the first appearance Aphra Marsh, an Innsmouth survivor, still recovering from her losses and making a life for herself in late-1940s San Francisco in "The Litany of Earth."
Ruthanna Emrys lives in a mysterious manor house on the outskirts of Washington, DC with her wife and their large, strange family. Her stories have appeared in a number of venues, including Strange Horizons, Analog, and Tor.com. She is the author of the Innsmouth Legacy series, which began with Winter Tide. She makes home-made vanilla, obsesses about game design, gives unsolicited advice, and occasionally attempts to save the world.
Table of Contents:
"Welcome, and Introductions"
"Seven Commentaries on an Imperfect Land"
Interlude: Sharing the Moon
Interlude: Evening Prayer
"The Deepest Rift"
Interlude: At the Haiku Earring Party
Interlude: The Serpent Explains the Nature of Tricksters to Her Wife
The Litany of Earth
Interlude: An Innsmouth Feast
Interlude: The Return
The Taste of Prayer, the Smell of Snow
Interlude: I’ll Title This Sestina After I Put the Baby to Bed
"The Jester’s Child"
Interlude: Elizabeth’s Tale
"Ghosts and Simulations"
Interlude: Flume Vale
"The Two-Body Problem"
Interlude: Gelett Burgess Shale
"Those Who Watch"
"The author’s frequent feminist and queer spins on familiar fantasy tropes add an exhilarating freshness. Readers looking for work that upends and challenges the genre’s stalwart ideas and themes will find Emrys’s commentaries suit them perfectly." - Publishers Weekly