December’s Book of the Month, Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, is by member Lawrence M. Schoen. From the publisher’s website:
The Sixth Sense meets Planet of the Apes in a moving science fiction novel set so far in the future, humanity is gone and forgotten in Lawrence M. Schoen’s Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard
An historian who speaks with the dead is ensnared by the past. A child who feels no pain and who should not exist sees the future. Between them are truths that will shake worlds.
In a distant future, no remnants of human beings remain, but their successors thrive throughout the galaxy. These are the offspring of humanity’s genius-animals uplifted into walking, talking, sentient beings. The Fant are one such species: anthropomorphic elephants ostracized by other races, and long ago exiled to the rainy ghetto world of Barsk. There, they develop medicines upon which all species now depend. The most coveted of these drugs is koph, which allows a small number of users to interact with the recently deceased and learn their secrets.
To break the Fant’s control of koph, an offworld shadow group attempts to force the Fant to surrender their knowledge. Jorl, a Fant Speaker with the dead, is compelled to question his deceased best friend, who years ago mysteriously committed suicide. In so doing, Jorl unearths a secret the powers that be would prefer to keep buried forever. Meanwhile, his dead friend’s son, a physically challenged young Fant named Pizlo, is driven by disturbing visions to take his first unsteady steps toward an uncertain future.
Available for pre-order from Amazon and other retailers, to be published December 29.
October’s Book of the Month, An Anthropomorphic Century, is the latest furry anthology edited by Fred Patten.
What if animals could talk? Or communicate telepathically? What if they evolved to become something more than human, or we made ourselves more like them?
Storytellers have asked these questions from the dawn of human history to the present day. An Anthropomorphic Century showcases the answers to some of these questions from the last century.
Features stories ranging from 1909 to 2008, including the talents of Peter S. Beagle, Philip K. Dick, Michael H. Payne, Phil Geusz, Renee Carter Hall, and more.
Tobermory by Saki
Dr. Lu-mie by Clifton B. Kruse
The Blue Giraffe by L. Sprague de Camp
Barney by Will Stanton
Expendable by Philip K. Dick
The Conspirators by James White
Sic Transit… ? A Shaggy Hairless-Dog Story by Steven Utley and Howard Waldrop
Crow’s Curse by Michael H. Payne
Nine Lives To Live by Sharyn McCrumb
Vole by John Gregory Betancourt
Choice Cuts by Edd Vick
Transmutational Transcontinental by Phil Geusz
Daylight Fading by Chris Hoekstra
The Good Sport by Bill Kieffer
The Dog Said Bow-Wow by Michael Swanwick
Cat ‘n’ Mouse by Steven Millhauser
Pig Paradise by Scott Bradfield
Sergeant Chip by Bradley Denton
Gordon, the Self-Made Cat by Peter S. Beagle
The Wishing Tree by Renee Carter Hall
Cover art by Mark Brill.
Parental rating PG. Available from FurPlanet.
July’s Book of the Month, ROAR Volume 6, is edited by member Mary E. Lowd, features stories from several FWG members, and makes its debut at Anthrocon.
Lovable scoundrels and scoundrels we love to hate.
From rascals causing harmless mischief to dark lords with evil in their hearts, scoundrels can be found in every world, mundane to fantastical. We fight them, laugh at them, and sometimes root for them.
The twenty-eight stories in ROAR volume 6 explore scoundrels of every stripe, in every walk of life. Read stories from celebrated anthropomorphic authors, award-winning science fiction and fantasy authors, and talented newcomers to the furry genre!
Squonk the Dragon by Pete Butler
Brush and Sniff by mwalimu
Faithful by Marshall L. Moseley
Gerbil 07 by Huskyteer
CSI: Transylvania by Kevin M. Glover
Hard Scratching In Kittytown by Blake Hutchins
Hold the Moon by Eric M. Witchey
Ernest by Lyn McConchie
Two Crows, Two Wires, and the Moon by Andrew S. Taylor
Ivan and the Black Riders by Kris Schnee
Into the Wind by Rechan
At What Cost by Jeeves the Roo
A City With No Children by James Stegall
Perch by Sarah Doebereiner
The Cat Thief by Laura “Munchkin” Lewis
Food, Feuds and Fake Flora by Ocean Tigrox
Puppy Love by George S. Walker
I Hold My Father’s Paws by David D. Levine
0mega by Garrett Marco
Skinned by Kyell Gold
Relics, Rabbits, and Tuscan Reds by Slip Wolf
Shadows of Horses by Phil Geusz
Coyote’s Voice by Altivo Overo
Prof Fox by Mark Patrick Lynch
Wolves and Foxes by Amy Fontaine
Unexpected Bouquets by Ellen Saunders
Clearance Papers by Fred Patten
Edward Bear and the Very Long Walk by Ken Scholes
Available from FurPlanet.
June’s Book of the Month, The Book of Lapism, Deluxe Edition is by member Phil Geusz.
“If biotech can sculpt the body, can it also shape the mind. . . and soul?
That was the challenge laid before Dr. Aaron Thomas by his latest client, to shape him into a gentler, more loving being, inside and out. But the world is not a kind and gentle place, and as one man’s search for truth inspires a movement, will a kinder, gentler people be able to survive and face the legal, spiritual, and ethical challenges that await them?
The New Book of Lapism contains all of the original short stories, presented in their original order of publication, as well as the new stories ‘Prodigal Son’ and ‘Chosen People.'”
Published by Legion Printing. Available from Amazon.
March’s Book of the Month, The Vimana Incident, is the latest work from member Rose LaCroix and can be read as either a stand-alone novel or as part five in a five-volume metanovel starting with The Goldenlea and Basecraft Cirrostratus.
“The year is 1939. The nations of the world have given up on war, and now compete in a race to build the first permanent lunar colony.
Edward “Red Ned” Arrowsmith, a British aerospace engineer, finds himself caught up in a cosmic level of intrigue when a secret lunar mission sends him on an unwilling journey six and a half centuries into a bizarre future. But what does this frightening future have to do with Godric of Hereford, a canon who died of ergot poisoning in 1153?
Rose LaCroix is proud to present her most anticipated novel, where psychedelic science fiction, historical fiction, and alternate timelines come together in a suspenseful, mind-bending masterpiece.”
Cover art by NightPhaser. Parental rating R.
Order from FurPlanet.
Check out Huskyteer‘s review of The Vimana Incident at Claw & Quill.
February’s Book of the Month, The Furry Future, is edited by FWG associate member Fred Patten and includes stories from several members.
“For the history of the human race we have been locked inside our bodies. Spiritualism, medicine, basic biochemistry and genetic enhancement seek to take us beyond the physical limitations we were born with. The Furry Future is a record of what might become of us once we perfect the methods of reshaping biology.
“Fangs and claws could become just another fashion accessory. We might use our technology to create intelligent and able companions as we spread out to the stars, or else create perfect servants unable to disobey the whims of their masters. We may remake ourselves to attain our future across the galaxy and unlock our spiritual potential, or collapse into war over where the boundaries of humanity lie.
“These nineteen stories take us to these different futures, each one written in the fur we choose to wear.”
Contains the following stories:
Emergency Maintenance by Michael H. Payne
Tow by Watts Martin
Experiment Seventy by J. F. R. Coates
A Bedsheet for a Cape by Nathanael Gass
Hachimoto by Samuel C. Conway
Vivian by Bryan Feir
Family Bonding by Yannarra Cheena
The Future Is Yours by MikasiWolf
Distant Shores by Tony Greyfox
The Analogue Cat by Alice “Huskyteer” Dryden
The Sequence by NightEyes DaySpring
Trinka and The Robot by Ocean Tigrox
Lunar Cavity by Mary E. Lowd
The Darkness of Dead Stars by Dwale
Field Research by M. C. A. Hogarth
The Curators by T. S. McNally
Evolver by Ronald W. Klemp
Growing Fur by Fred Patten
Thebe and the Angry Red Eye by David Hopkins with illustrations by Roz Gibson
Cover art by Teagan Gavet. Parental rating PG.
Available from FurPlanet.
September’s Book of the Month is edited by FWG associate member Fred Patten and includes a story co-authored by member C. Alan Loewen.
Anthropomorphic animals have been imagined for as long as stories have been told. This is especially true of science fiction, where the endless possibilities of alien worlds make fertile ground for creativity.
Contained in these pages are stories from across the spectrum of science fiction, ranging from 1950 to 2013, and featuring feathers, fur, and scales. Each creature is a unique blend of humanity and the alien. Childlike or savage, independent or autocratic, they come in all sizes and shapes. Some are recognizable as reflections of humanity, while others are strange and wild creatures that defy description. All of them ask the same question: What kind of creatures will we find when we go to the stars?
The anthology features eleven stories:
- “Mask of the Ferret” by Ken Pick & C. Alan Loewen
- “The Inspector’s Teeth” by L. Sprague de Camp
- “Specialist” by Robert Sheckley
- “In Hoka Signo Vinces” by Poul Anderson & Gordon R. Dickson
- “Point of Focus” by Robert Silverberg
- “Novice” by James H. Schmitz
- “What Really Matters” by Elizabeth McCoy
- “Kings and Vagabonds” by Cairyn
- “The King’s Dogs” by Phyllis Gotlieb
- “A Touch of Blue: A Web Shifters Story” by Julie Czerneda
- “Fly the Friendly Skies” by Bryan Feir
Cover art by Roz Gibson.
Order from FurPlanet.