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Elephants in Bloom

by Cécile Cristofari

POLESTARS 5

A series of single author collections by outstanding writers. The Polestar, or North Star, is defined as the brightest star in Ursa Minor; since every author chosen for this series is a star in their own right, Polestars provides the ideal banner under which to unite such exceptional works.

Debut collection from a French author who has been making a name for herself with regular contributions to Interzone and elsewhere (Clarkesworld, ParSec, etc). Providing a fresh perspective on the world, humanity, and its potential (both good and bad), Cécile’s fiction reflects her love of the natural world and concern for its future. Elephants in Bloom contains her finest previously published stories, as selected by the author, alongside eight brand new tales that appear here for the first time.

Contents
Introduction                
All We Ever Look For            
The Fishery                                           
A Kingdom of Seagrass and Silk                         
A Stray Cat in the Mountain of The Dead         
Que la Grenade Est Touchante                         
When You Meet the Wild Hunt                         
The Hangman’s Legacy                          
Ice Cream from Pluto                          
Soaring, the World on Their Shoulders             
Schrödinger’s Children                                       
A Diary from the End of the World             
The Third Time I Saw a Fox                             
Kings of Snow                                       
The Owl Woman                           
The Goddess’s Spear                               
Nine Lives, One to Spare               
Wind, River, Angel Song                
Elephants in Bloom                                 
About the Author

Each story is followed by a note from the author, providing further insight and context. 

Excerpt from Schrödinger’s Children
“One thing that string theory doesn’t teach you is that the strings in question are devilishly hard to pick apart with nail-bitten fingers. So if you need to make a discreet hole between parallel universes, you’d better have tweezers and a sewing needle at the ready.”

Excerpt from Nine Lives, One to Spare
“Be reckless if you must, but make sure you always keep one of your lives in store for an emergency, the witch used to tell her cats. She had not expected them to follow her advice; however, when she woke up one morning in the great silence at the end of the world and found them on the roof of her greenhouse, cleaning their ears and bickering lazily in the sunlight, she was pleased to find out that they had.”

“This was a beautifully written story with just a perfect ending.” – SFRevue of “The Third Time I Saw a Fox”

“This was a quiet character-centric story with a strange appeal that belied any attempt to analyze it.” – Tangent of “The Third Time I Saw a Fox”

“The piece is beautifully rendered, careful and kind, and yearning for a world more full of compassion than the one the characters encounter. A great read!” – Goodreads reviewer of “Que la Grenade est Touchante”

“A bittersweet tale, beautifully told.” – SFRevue of “Wind, River, Angel Song”

Elephants in Bloom is available as a paperback, a limited edition hardback signed by the author, and as an eBook
£13.99 (Paperback)
£26.99 (Signed HB LTD ED)
 
Published: 16/01/2024
Cat. Number: NCP319
Dimensions: A5 (5.83 × 8.27 inches)
Pages: 242 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-914953-68-2
Editor: Ian Whates
Cover Artist: Enrique Meseguer
Typesetter: Ian Whates
Language: English
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