In the Shadow of the Towers
“Powerful and interesting” short fiction inspired by the events of September 11, 2001, by Cory Doctorow, Bruce Sterling, and other award winners (Publishers Weekly). How do we continue to dream, imagine, and create in the aftermath of unthinkable tragedy? This moving collection of nearly twenty works of speculative fiction, responding to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, particularly the destruction of New York’s World Trade Center, draws on talents in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and speculative fiction to confront and grieve, rebuild and survive, rise above and carry on—even in the face of shock and overwhelming emotion. Reflecting on both individual experiences of the catastrophe and large-scale themes such as politics and morality, a variety of award-winning and bestselling authors, from Jeff VanderMeer (Annihilation) and Cory Doctorow (Little Brother) to Susan Palwick (Flying in Place) and James Morrow (Towing Jehovah), contribute thoughtful tales about how we respond to fear and loss, both in the moment and over the course of time. Like artists before them who sought to write in response to the Holocaust, the Civil War, and other world-changing historical events, they use the remarkable tool of human imagination to provide a way to process the unimaginable.
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