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Golden Gryphon Press Golden Gryphon Press was founded in 1997 by Jim Turner, the long-time editor of Arkham House. He wanted to publish handsome, quality books of short story collections. Upon his death in 1999, Gary Turner and his wife Geri took over the operations Shortly thereafter, Marty Halpern joined the publishing house to help in the acquisition and publication of new titles. Jim Turner won the 1999 World Fantasy Award for his work at Golden Gryphon Press.

Below you'll find an overview of their books so far, with cover/title links to the SF Site reviews (where applicable) along with synopses of those titles yet to be reviewed (cover images are linked to larger images). They are in reverse order of release, with the newest ones on the left.

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Books can be ordered by sending a check or money order only, payable to:
Golden Gryphon Press
3002 Perkins Road
Urbana, IL 61802
You may also order on-line from their web site.


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Golden Gryphon Press

   No. 30
The Resurrection Man's Legacy and Other Stories The Resurrection Man's Legacy and Other Stories by Dale Bailey
reviewed by Charlene Brusso
It's quite possible that Dale Bailey's name won't ring any more bells in your brain, at first. The credits on the copyright page list nearly everything here as having previously appeared The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, most during the editorship of Kristine Kathryn Rusch. If that still doesn't strike a chord in your memory, all the better, because then you've got some interesting reading ahead.

   No. 29
Mockymen Mockymen by Ian Watson
reviewed by Michael M Jones
What do body-possessing aliens, mind-destroying drugs, Nazi occultism and reincarnation all have in common? They're the disparate threads of this visionary novel, a truly bizarre tale of life, death, betrayal, and jigsaw puzzles. It starts out innocently enough, when an aged Norwegian hires a young British couple to make some very specialized jigsaw puzzles, involving nude pictures of themselves with a certain statuary garden in Oslo.

   No. 28
Budayeen Nights Budayeen Nights by George Alec Effinger
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
This book collects all the shorter works set in and around the fictional Budayeen, itself a reflection of the author's life in New Orleans and his fascination with the inhabitants of the French Quarter. The first story, "Schroedinger's Kitten," is probably also the best known. A young woman huddles in an alley, knife in hand, waiting to discover which life she will lead, as visions of possible futures pass through her mind. "Schroedinger's Kitten" won both the Hugo and Nebula awards and deservedly so, it's a classic of contemporary SF.

   No. 27
Nothing Human Nothing Human by Nancy Kress
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
When Lillie is twelve years old she suddenly falls into a strange type of coma. It turns out she is not alone, several other children experience the same thing. When they wake up, they all bear the same message, "The pribir are coming." The children also state that the pribir are coming to help humans follow "the right way." A short time later an orbiting nuclear reactor is destroyed.

   No. 26
Brighten to Incandescence: 17 Stories Brighten to Incandescence: 17 Stories by Michael Bishop
"The collection are the author's favorites from his previously uncollected works, include the early "A Tapestry of Little Murders" (1971), the tale of a murderer's attempted escape along a (literal) road to self-destruction, to the more recent "Help Me, Rondo" (2002), a poignant perspective on the life and times of Hollywood B-movie actor and acromegalic Rondo Hatton."

   No. 25
The Silver Gryphon The Silver Gryphon edited by Gary Turner and Marty Halpern
reviewed by Rich Horton
This anthology is the 25th "archival quality hardcover" the company has issued (they have also recently started to publish novella length chapbooks). It includes 20 original stories by the authors of the first 24 books (two of those authors have published 2 books each with Golden Gryphon, one book was an anthology, so only Tony Daniel does not have a story here). The collection is quite entertaining throughout, not perhaps a surprise as Golden Gryphon books have been by a quite noticeably excellent set of authors.

   No. 24
Custer's Last Jump and Other Collaborations Custer's Last Jump and Other Collaborations by Howard Waldrop
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
This is a collection of eight stories, all written by the author and someone else. The someone elses are Leigh Kennedy, Steven Utley, Buddy Saunders, George R.R. Martin, Bruce Sterling, and A.A. Jackson IV. As you would expect, he brings his unique artistry and clever use of historical minutia, while the others contribute their own not-so-inconsiderable talents. The results run from flawed yet interesting experiments like "The Latter Days of the Law" (with Bruce Sterling) to minor classics such as the title story (with Steven Utley) and "One Horse Town" (with Leigh Brackett).

   No. 23
Louisiana Breakdown Louisiana Breakdown by Lucius Shepard
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
Summer's here and the time is right. The author summons up a potent mix of music, magic, and the hot, humid air of the Louisiana delta. It's a tale of tradition and betrayal, hope and abandonment, told by an writer who can make you feel the thickness in the air that the characters breathe. Jungles and tropical climes have long played a part in his fiction as places where reality can break down, exposing hidden mysteries and magic.

   No. 22
Strange But Not A Stranger Strange But Not A Stranger by James Patrick Kelly
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
Looking for a good gift for the science fiction reader on your holiday shopping list? You could do much worse than this story collection. Adorned with a gorgeous cover painting by Bob Eggleton, the book is further proof that, outside the magazines, Golden Gryphon Press is the pre-eminent publisher of short stories in the science fiction field. There are even two Christmas stories included. The first, "Candy Art," is a fine example of the author's main strength as a writer, the revealing of human emotional responses underneath the surface gloss of a high-tech future. "Fruitcake Theory," besides celebrating the classic holiday confection, explores another common theme in the collection, an encounter with aliens whom the protagonist is never quite able to understand.

   No. 21
Black Projects, White Knights Black Projects, White Knights by Kage Baker
reviewed by Pat Caven
She is a storyteller. A consummate storyteller. This lady is the queen of tale telling with a twist. Great characters well conceived plots, thought provoking, funny and with a charming intelligent style anyone would enjoy. You get the point. Pat likes this author.

   No. 20
The Fantasy Writer's Assistant The Fantasy Writer's Assistant by Jeffrey Ford
reviewed by David Soyka
In this collection, the author's characters are often writers or creators of some sort. The title story concerns how a clerical assistant to a famous hack writer of a lucrative fantasy franchise has to step in to finish a book when the author suffers writer's block. The ending -- of both the novel in the story and the story itself -- turns out differently than planned.

   No. 19
The Great Escape The Great Escape by Ian Watson
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
The safe, sure way for a writer to gain an audience is to find something that works, and then keep working it, expanding your readership without losing your original fans. It's a tried and true method that has been used by many an SF writer (not to mention more than a few songwriters), and one that it is quite evident this author never heard of. This collection displays the talents of a writer who is equally at home in, and brings an individual slant to, science fiction and fantasy, comedy and drama, philosophy and farce.

   No. 18
Swift Thoughts Swift Thoughts by George Zebrowski
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
Get your thinking caps on. This collection is full of science fiction stories that will leave you questioning both yourself and the world around you. And since this is SF, it will leave you wondering just what it is that the future holds for us. There is also fun to be had.

   No. 17
Claremont Tales II Claremont Tales II by Richard A. Lupoff
reviewed by Rich Horton
Included in this collection are some straight SF, some supernatural horror (two stories, at least, fairly directly influenced by Lovecraft), and some straight mystery stories, as well as some amalgams of all of the above. Always noticeable, too, is the author's assured storyteller's touch, his engaging voice, and his ability to alter that voice in service of his aims, most notably here in "The Adventure of the Boulevard Assassin", a Sherlock Holmes story written in the style of Jack Kerouac. (Back in the 70s, he attracted some notice with a series of SF stories pastiching various author's styles, all written as by "Ova Hamlet".)

   No. 16
Impact Parameter and other Quantum Realities Impact Parameter and other Quantum Realities by Geoffrey A. Landis
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
This author is a rare breed in the world of SF, a writer with a strong background in science and an almost tragic sense of romance. The author knows his physics, but he also knows that the best way to approach the world of science is through the human heart. And he has created characters that will stay with you long after the story has finished.

   No. 15
Strange Trades Strange Trades by Paul Di Filippo
reviewed by Rich Horton
The author's 5th collection of short fiction is one of the most satisfying SF single-author collections Rich has read in some time. As the title announces, the stories are concerned with people at work, exploring a variety of science-fictional jobs, some strange due to technological advances, others due to marginal or experimental economics, others because they're set in unusual milieus.

   No. 15
Strange Trades Strange Trades by Paul Di Filippo
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
Welcome to another mix of song titles, obscure pop culture references, the kind of weird ideas only science fiction writers get, and those odd people who always seem to live just down the street. This writer's at his best in his short stories, which often feature an oddball sense of humour and delight in popular culture. This collection is nominally based on the theme of odd occupations, but it's really a sometimes silly, sometimes serious overview of the writing of one of those authors whose gift is to present sharply painted images in small packages.

   No. 14
The Wild Boy The Wild Boy by Warren Rochelle
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
In some ways, this book is a throwback to such mid-20th century alien invasion novels as George O. Smith's Pattern for Conquest and Eric Frank Russell's Sinister Barrier, except, that in this case the humans don't save themselves in extremis, they become pets. The Lindauzi, a race of long-lived, highly advanced genetically-enhanced ursine-like aliens require a primate species as emotional symbionts, lest they revert to their former savage state. However, their former emotional symbionts have perished in a great plague -- and humans are the closest viable substitute.

   No. 13
Dogged Persistence Dogged Persistence by Kevin J. Anderson
reviewed by Steven H Silver
The author plays with ideas in the stories collected here. While some of the ideas may seem clichéd, he manages to bring a fresh perspective to the concepts and present them in a new way. These ideas run the gamut from interstellar travel and cloning to time travel and ghost stories. He shows a skill in selecting the appropriate setting and genre for the ideas he wants to explore.

   No. 12
Stories for an Enchanted Afternoon Stories for an Enchanted Afternoon by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
reviewed by Steven H Silver
These stories do not fall into a single sub-genre of science fiction. The author shows that she is equally comfortable in writing in an historical setting, as in "The Gallery of His Dreams," about Civil War photographer Matthew Brady, or adoption in a futuristic dystopia in the Hugo- and Nebula-nominated "Echea." It is impossible to pigeon-hole her, because no two stories have the same feel, even when they deal with the same issues.

   No. 11
Claremont Tales Claremont Tales by Richard A. Lupoff
reviewed by Hank Luttrell
This collection hints at the richness of the author's talent. It includes a murder mystery which takes place in a Japanese scientific colony on the moon, 2 pastiches of James Thurber, 2 of H.P. Lovecraft, and 2 which may be autobiographic, "The Monster and Mr. Greene" and "Mr. Greene and the Monster."

   No. 10
Beluthahatchie and Other Stories Beluthahatchie and Other Stories by Andy Duncan
"This collection includes Hugo- and Nebula-nominated stories, as well as two never-before-published. The Hugo-nominated title piece spins the tale of John the guitarist and his exploits after he refuses to disembark the train at Hell, and travels to the next station, Beluthahatchie. In this and other stories, he delights with his command of southern patois, as befits a native of South Carolina."

   No. 9
Blue Kansas Sky Blue Kansas Sky by Michael Bishop
reviewed by Steven H Silver
He has written some of the best speculative fiction of the last 20 years, ranging from the gritty Minor League baseball novel Brittle Innings to the romantic anthropological novel Ancient of Days. The author's writing has never fully managed to find the audience it deserves. This is his 5th collection. If there is justice in the world, it will introduce his work to a wider readership.

   No. 8
High Cotton: Selected Stories of Joe R. Lansdale High Cotton: Selected Stories of Joe R. Lansdale by Joe R. Lansdale
"This collection of stories includes tales about a modern gladiator arena, run by fanatics, using Roman methods, about dark crimes where the "good guys" are bad, and the "bad guys" define evil, about alternate history, with Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickok as an ambassador and a clerk, about a not-so-good Samaritan, about large lizards, about a disastrous night out for a trio of lads and other errie, horrific, and/or amusing themes. With a dash of Twain, a sprinkle of Poe and an innate East Texas ability for story telling, the stories are riveting, difficult to put down or to forget."

   No. 7
Terminal Visions Terminal Visions by Richard Paul Russo
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
While the settings of the stories in this collection range from interstellar lifeboats to decaying post-apocalyptic inner cities, and the technology from invasive alien body suits to a device for time/space-hopping in old-fashioned cars, the stories are first and foremost about ordinary men and women, their emotions, interactions, hopes, and motivations. These largely transcend the technological backdrop or unusual abilities of the characters. Best of all, the characters are neither save-the-world superheroes, nor cloyingly sentimental; they are ineffectual emotional wrecks.

   No. 6
Perpetuity Blues and Other Stories Perpetuity Blues and Other Stories by Neil Barrett, Jr.
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
This collection is full of stories the best of which feature a familiar landscape full of diners, Wal-Marts, semis, and the quirky, usually good, sometimes malevolent people who inhabit them. It's also a world full of humour, poetry, dirt, magic, hope, despair, and the occasional alien.

   No. 5
The Robot's Twilight Companion The Robot's Twilight Companion by Tony Daniel
reviewed by John O'Neill
All of the 9 short stories and novellas in this collection were originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine between 1992 and 1999. They include the Hugo nominee "Life on the Moon," the title story and the basis for the novel Earthling and the near-masterpiece "A Dry Quiet War," a tale of warfare and loss at the end of time. John felt this was one of the best books he read last year, and the most original short fiction collection he's stumbled across in a long time.

   No. 4
The Dragons of Springplace The Dragons of Springplace by Robert Reed
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
The sense of nostalgia and wonder of Ray Bradbury, the fantastic weirdness of A. Merritt, the settings and characters reminiscent of Cordwainer Smith, and the alien ecologies and humour of Stanley Weinbaum, have been fused and remolded and modernized into Robert Reed.

   No. 3
Eternal Lovecraft Eternal Lovecraft edited by Jim Turner
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
The editor has put together an excellent anthology. Some tales are set in Lovecraft's fictional and personal haunts, some merely use or allude to his mythology and props, and some share the cosmic vision, especially prevalent in his early Dunsanian tales.

   No. 2
The Moon Maid and Other Fantastic Adventures The Moon Maid and Other Fantastic Adventures by R. Garcia y Robertson
reviewed by Stephen M. Davis
The Moon Maid shows Mr. Garcia y Robertson to be every bit as deft at creating characters as Peter S. Beagle, with a good sense of story structure and a nice touch of humour.

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Think Like a Dinosaur and Other Stories Think Like a Dinosaur and Other Stories by James Patrick Kelly
"This first major retrospective collects James Patrick Kelly's finest short fiction from a twenty-year career and includes a dazzling array of work from hard science fiction to Twilight Zone-ish fantasies to stark futuristic horror. The title story, "Think like a Dinosaur," winner of the Hugo Award, encapsulates the entire book. This tale of a transporter beam, maintained by aliens and through which humanity can visit the stars, combines high-tech extravaganza with the author's ever-present humanistic concerns."

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