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Lucius Shepard

"All The Perfumes Of Araby"
© OMNI, 1989
Barnacle Bill The Spacer, 1997
--/ cool f novella
--/ style award


"The Arcevoalo"
(Kalimantan series)
© F&SF, Oct 1986
Kalimantan, Tor 1993
--novelette : 1987 Locus award /9
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

This story did not stay in my memory other than as a "trippy" and exotic blur. However, I completely agree with this review (from Mike Prattle) “The Arcevoalo” still demonstrates one of the aspects about Shepard’s writings I really appreciate, a blurring of the fantastic/occult aspects with reality so that there’s always some sort of ambiguity to the experience. Like most of his great work, it’s about the characters and their experiences, often how the interaction in a relationship changes because of a certain event. Oh, and the other thing: complex morality issues. Rarely is anything clear cut or black and white in Shepard’s worlds." Some fantastic passages in this jungle Goddess tale will certainly enhance your afternoon tea ritual.
review: 21-Oct-06 (read in 2003)


© IASFM, Aug 1986
The Ends of the Earth, 1991
--novelette : 1987 Nebula
--novelette : 1987 Locus /7
--novelette : 1987 SF Chronicle W

--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

"Experimentation in time travel conducted in war-torn Central America, resolve all political perplexities through a quantum exhalation of love..." This also happens to summarize Shepard's fiction tendencies: an original SF idea, presented on a war-torn background or other canvas of angst, leading to the final revelation of "goodness" and love, inherent even in the most hopeless characters. Which is why I like to read Shepard - the hope in his writing is not obvious, but still comes through, even after you finish reading, like a faint echo of a refracted ray.
review: 17-Jul-06 (read in 1992)


© Sci Fiction, Sep 2001
Aztechs, 2003
--novella : 2002 Locus Poll
--/ cool sf novella

"Barnacle Bill, the Spacer"
© IASFM, Jul 1992
Barnacle Bill the Spacer and Other Stories, 1997
--Asimov's Reader's Poll 1993, Novella W
--Hugo Award 1993, Best Novella W
--Locus Poll Award 1993, Best Novella W
--Nebula Award 1993, Novella
--SF Chronicle Award 1993, Novella W

--/ cool space sf story
--/ emotion award

"Black Coral"
© Universe # 14, 1984
The Jaguar Hunter, 1987
--novelette : 1985 Locus /10
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

"Dancing It All Away at Nadoka "
© IASFM, Dec 1986
--/ cool f story
--/ style award
--/ emotion award

"Emerald Street Expansions"
© Sci Fiction, Sep 2002
--novelette: 2002 Locus Recomm. List
--/ cool f novella

"The Emperor"
© Sci Fiction, Dec 2005
--/ cool sf story

"The Etheric Transmitter"
© The Clarion Awards, 1984

"The Father of Stones"
(Dragon Griaule series)
© IASFM, Sep 1989
Washington SF Association chapbook, 1989
The Father of Stones, 1989
--novella : 1990 Locus award
--/ cool f story

"Fire Zone Emerald"
(Life During Wartime)
© IASFM, Nov 1986
The Ends of the Earth, 1991
--novelette : 1987 Locus /8
--/ second place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ shock value

"The Glassblower's Dragon"
© F&SF, Apr 1987
--short story : 1988 Locus /5
--/ third place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ idea award
--/ emotion award
--/ romance award

"How the Wind Spoke At Madaket"
© IASFM, Apr 1985
The Jaguar Hunter, 1987
--novella : 1986 Locus award /14
--/ third place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ emotion award
--/ idea award: wind proto-being
--/ style award
--/ romance award
--/ shock value

"The Jaguar Hunter"
© F&SF, May 1985
The Jaguar Hunter, 1987
--novelette : 1986 Nebula
--short story : 1986 World Fantasy
--novelette : 1986 Locus /4
--novelette : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /51

--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

© ISci Fiction, Jul 2003
Trujillo and Other Stories, 2003
--novella : 2004 Locus award
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea : prison world construct vs. art
--/ emotion award

"Life During Wartime" (nv)
© 1987, Bantam Spectra
--finalist : 1988 Philip K. Dick
--sf novel : 1988 Locus /5
--shortlist : 1989 Clarke
--international fiction : 1989 Ditmar
--foreign novel : 1990 Kurd Lasswitz W

--/ second place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ shock value

"The Man Who Painted The Dragon Griaule"
(Griaule series)
© F&SF, Jan 1985
The Jaguar Hunter, 1987
--novelette : 1985 Hugo
--novelette : 1985 Nebula
--novella : 1985 World Fantasy
--novelette: 1985 Locus /2
--short fiction : 1985 British SF
--novelette : 1985 SF Chronicle /3

--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award

"The Night Of White Bhairab"
© F&SF, Oct 1984
The Jaguar Hunter, 1987
--/ cool f novella
--/ wonder award

"Only Partly Here"
© IASFM, Mar 2003
--shortlist : 2004 Sturgeon
--novelette : 2004 Locus /4
--novelette : 2004 Asimov's Reader Poll /5

--/ cool f story
--/ emotion award

"Over Yonder"
(Freight Train Riders series)
© Sci Fiction, Jan 2002
Two Trains Running, 2003
--winner : 2003 Sturgeon W
--novella : 2003 Locus /12 (tie)

--/ third place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award
--/ emotion award

"Pictures Made Of Stones"
© 1988, OMNI

(Life During Wartime)
© IASFM, Apr 1986
The Jaguar Hunter, 1987
--novella : 1987 Hugo
--novella : 1987 Nebula W
--novella : 1987 Locus W
--novella : 1987 Asimov's Reader Poll /2
--novella : 1987 SF Chronicle W
--novella : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /18

--/ second place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ shock value

© F&SF, Apr 1984
The Jaguar Hunter, 1987
--short story : 1985 Hugo
--short story : 1985 Nebula
--short story : 1985 Locus W
--short story : 1985 SF Chronicle W

--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Scalehunter's Beautiful Daughter"
(Dragon Griaule series)
© IASFM, Sep 1988
The Ends of the Earth, 1991
--novella : 1989 Asimov's Poll
--novella : 1989 Hugo award
--novella : 1989 Nebula award
--novella : 1989 Locus Poll W
--novella : 1989 World Fantasy award
--novella : 1989 SF Chronicle award
--/ third place f novella
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award: embedded dragon
--/ style award
--/ emotion award

"Senior Volto"
(Trujillo series)
© ISci Fiction, Aug 2003
Trujillo and Other Stories, 2003
--novella : 2004 Locus award
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea : air ephemera creatures

"A Spanish Lesson"
© F&SF, Dec 1985
--novelette : 1986 Locus /11
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ idea award

© OMNI, May 1992
--/ cool sf story


"Voyage South From Thousand Willows"
© Universe # 16, 1986
--short story : 1987 Locus /11
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

Magnificient tale. Looks like it was not reprinted ever since, which is quite amazing... Very poetic tale, having the signature Shepard style of intense emotional intimacy with the reader (which is a development, and improvement upon Harlan Ellison's style, more warm than Ellison, but unfortunately more uneven)
review: 09-Jul-06 (read in 1987)


"A Walk in the Garden"
(Iraq war series)
© Sci Fiction, Jan 2003
Trujillo and Other Stories, 2003

"White Trains"
© 1988, IASFM, poem
--long poem : 1988 Rhysling W
--/ emotion award

"The Wooden Tiger"
© 1989, F&SF
The Ends of the Earth, 1998
--/ fourth place f novella
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ shock value


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