Para além dos livros de Zoran Zivkovic cujo lançamento pela PS Publishing já tinha anunciado recentemente, a mesma editora irá publicar, também, Impossible Stories 2. Este volume reúne três livros para além de outras duas histórias: Compartments, Four Stories Till the End Amarcord.

“Compartments”: On a strange train journey, in a series of six compartments, a traveller experiences unpredictable encounters, culminating in a meeting of epiphanic power. Through a narrative of dreamlike sharpness “Compartments” taps into the fears and absurdities, the beauties and mysteries of the unconscious mind, to achieve a consummation both moving and full of hope.

“Four Stories till the End”: In what strange edifice of the imagination do you find a condemned cell, a hotel room and a hospital room? What kind of hotel offers a zinc mine, a meat-packing plant, a weapons factory and a cemetery of famous artists among its attractions? Why do four people commit suicide in the same bathroom and why does a literature professor cut up several of the greatest works of literature into a confetti of letters? In this wildly imaginative, wildly funny satire on Art and Death nothing is quite what it seems and the maze of symbols grows more complex with each encounter.

“Amarcord”: Ten linked stories with resonant titles explore almost every conceivable aspect of human memory: the positive and the negative, the precious and the profane, the heavenly and the unbearably hellish. Živkovic’s deceptively simple tales anatomise the essence of what makes human beings tick, our passions, our vanities and yearnings; the very memories which make us who we are.

Por sua vez, Metratopolis parece ser o resultado de um projecto interessante. Resultado do interlaçar de cinco autores diferentes, Elizabeth Bear, Tobias Buckell, Jay Lake, Karl Schroeder e John Scalzi, Metratopolis reune histórias que decorrem num mesmo mundo, no futuro.

O livro será lançado em Julho pela Subterranean Press. Fica aqui parte da sinopse:

A strange man comes to an even stranger encampment… A bouncer becomes the linchpin of an unexpected urban movement… A courier on the run has to decide who to trust in a dangerous city… A slacker in a “zero-footprint” town get a most unusual new job… and a weapons investigator uses his skills to discover a metropolis hidden right in front of his eyes.

Welcome to the future of cities. Welcome to METAtropolis.

Wild Thyme, Green Magic é outro livro a publicar pela Subterranean Press: uma colectânea de histórias fantásticas e estranhas, de onde se destacam The World Thinker (o primeiro conto vendido), Chateau D If, Green Magic, Seven Exits from Bocz, The Seventeen Virgins:

When Jack Vance decided to become a writer, a million-word-a-year man as he put it so pragmatically at the time, he also gave fantastic literature one of its most cherished and distinctive voices. Though primarily a novelist throughout his long and distinguished career, this Hugo, Nebula, Edgar and World Fantasy Award-winning Grand Master also produced many short and mid-length works.

The Strain é um livro de vampiros – mas dado ser da autoria de Chuck Hogan e Guillermo del Toro (realizador de Labirinto do Fauno), não deverá ser um livro semelhante aos da Stephanie Meyer e afins.

Este é o primeiro de uma trilogia, cuja sinopse revela uma premissa semelhante a I Am Legend (ao livro, não ao filme), em que a praga de vampiros se deverá a um vírus que infecta e transforma os seres humanos.

Neste caso, a infecção encontra-se ainda no início, restando seres humanos suficientes para lutar contra os vampiros:

They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.

In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country.

In two months – the world.