The Sky That WrapsThe Sky That Wraps
by Jay Lake

Dust jacket by Vincent Chong

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ISBN: 978-1-59606-266-5

Subterranean Press, 2010; 408 pp.; limited to 1000 signed numbered hardcovers

This collection of short fiction from award winning-author Jay Lake represents his favorites of his own work, both current and classic. With an emphasis on recent publications since his last short fiction collection in 2007, The Sky That Wraps showcases his reach in fantasy, science fiction, and the ambiguous territory in between. This volume includes two all-new stories, "Coming for Green" and "To Their Late Escape", as well as previously uncollected fan favorites "The American Dead" and "The Sky That Wraps The World Round, Past the Blue and Into the Black." Twenty other stories round out this wide-ranging survey of Lake's work.

Praise for Green: "[Green] is nicely powered by strong mythic undertones and a fresh take on the relationship between gods and mortals."
- Publishers Weekly

Praise for Escapement: "Lively and thought-provoking...Lake effectively anneals steampunk with geo-mechanical magic in an allegorical matrix of empire building and Victorian natural science."
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Lake has configured his world-dominating empires, one British, the other Chinese, with huge and devoted attention to the last detail."
- John Clute, Washington Post Book World

Table of Contents

  • Anything Could Be True An Introduction by Ken Scholes
  • The Sky That Wraps the World Round, Past the Blue and Into the Black
  • Journal of an Inmate
  • Achilles, Sulking in His Buick
  • Crossing the Seven
  • The Leopard's Paw
  • Coming for Green
  • Promises
  • Witness to the Fall
  • Number of the Bus
  • A Different Way Into the Life
  • Green Grass Blues
  • Fat Man
  • Dogs in the Moonlight
  • Little Pig, Berry Brown and the Hard Moon
  • On the Human Plan
  • Lehr, Rex
  • The Man With One Bright Eye
  • To Raise a Mutiny Betwixt Yourselves
  • Skinhorse Goes to Mars
  • A Very Old Man With No Wings at All
  • People of Leaf and Branch
  • A Water Matter
  • To This Their Late Escape
  • Chain of Fools
  • The American Dead

From Booklist:
"Lake writes extraordinary short stories, with note-perfect world building as strong as that in his novels... Lake covers quite a bit of ground, from the mythic to the futuristic, and does it all with a strong take on the human element and genuinely fantastic tales."

From Publishers Weekly:
"One of Lake's strengths is his ability to channel classic writers and styles, such as the heroic fantasy of Robert E. Howard in 'The Leopard's Paw,' Cordwainer Smith in the baroque 'The Man with One Bright Eye,' pulp SF in 'Lehr, Rex,' and space opera adventure in 'To Raise a Mutiny Betwixt Yourselves.'"

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