Table of Contents: SUPER STORIES OF HEROES & VILLAINS edited by Claude Lalumière

One of our longtime favorite blogs here at Geekerati is John DeNardo’s SF Signal online fanzine and one of John’s regular features on that site is providing the table of contents to upcoming/previously released anthologies of genre fiction. It’s a useful way of discovering whether an anthology might fill a gap in your collection, or have a tale by your favorite author. We’ve decided that we at Geekerati are going to start following John’s model and provide semi-regular tables of content for books we think you might want to check out.

The first in this series of posts is Super Stories of Heroes & Villains edited by Claude Lalumière and published by Tachyon Publications. As one might guess from the title, this book contains stories about super heroes written by authors in the SF/F community and thus takes a semi-sfnal view of the genre.

Super Heroes and Villains

Some of the key authors in the publication are Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due (Steven’s work on the Dream Park series is great and Tananarive has written some engaging procedurals set in Los Angeles), Kim Newman (who often re-imagines historical figures and does so here), Kurt Busiek, and George R.R. Martin (his work on the Wild Cards series established super heroes tales as marketable SF paperbacks).

The book is currently $7.96 in Kindle format and $13.79 in paperback from Amazon.

Introduction: “The Return of the Super Story”

  1. “Übermensch!” by Kim Newman
  2. “A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows” by Chris Roberson
  3. “Trickster” by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due
  4. “They Fight Crime!” by Leah Bobet
  5. “The Rememberer” by J. Robert Lennon
  6. “The Nuckelavee: A Hellboy Story” by Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola
  7. “Faces of Gemini” by A. M. Dellamonica
  8. “Origin Story” by Kelly Link
  9. “Burning Sky” by Rachel Pollack
  10. “The Night Chicago Died” by James Lowder
  11. “Novaheads” by Ernest Hogan
  12. “Clash of Titans (A New York Romance)” by Kurt Busiek
  13. “The Super Man and the Bugout” by Cory Doctorow
  14. “Grandma” by Carol Emshwiller
  15. “The Dystopianist, Thinking of His Rival, Is Interrupted by a Knock on the Door” by Jonathan Lethem
  16. “Sex Devil” by Jack Pendarvis
  17. “The Death Trap of Dr. Nefario” by Benjamin Rosenbaum
  18. “Man Oh Man—It’s Manna Man” by George Singleton
  19. “The Jackdaw’s Last Case” by Paul Di Filippo
  20. “The Biggest” by James Patrick Kelly
  21. “Philip José Farmer’s Tarzan Alive: A Definitive Biography of Lord Greystoke” by Win Scott Eckert
  22. “The Zeppelin Pulps” by Jess Nevins
  23. “Wild Cards: Prologue & Interludes” by George R. R. Martin
  24. “Wild Cards: Just Cause” by Carrie Vaughn
  25. “Bluebeard and the White Buffalo: A Rangergirl Yarn” by Tim Pratt
  26. “The Pentecostal Home for Flying Children” by Will Clarke
  27. “Pinktastic and the End of the World” by Camille Alexa
  28. “The Detective of Dreams” by Gene Wolfe
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