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The Clock Struck None

Lou Antonelli

Introduction by Scott A. Cupp

ISBN: 978-1-61720-944-4

274 pages, $14.99

       

Also available as an ebook, $7.99

       

   

A collection of alternate and secret history short stories

From airships lost between universes, to golems winning the fight against racism, Lou Antonelli explains the many ways the world might have been. Dip into this collection of previously published tales, where you'll experience:
     * technology suppresing magic in an apartheid-like state
     * ancient civilizations that succumb to their own nuclear holocausts
     * alternate worlds in which Christianity is just one of many minor Earth-bound religions, and others where it rules and spans outer space
     * how America's westward expansion would have happened if the New Madrid earthquake had allowed the North American inland sea to reform

Here you'll find Antonelli's version of Brigadoon, and of the sinking of the Titanic and the Carpathia. You'll visit alternate realities that have been hiding Neanderthals, and pick up the lost photos of what might have been. With cameo appearances by O. Henry, Robert E. Howard, and Rod Serling, join this wild ride and delve into demonic possession, immortality, and the infinite variety of other worlds.

Includes the 2013 Sidewise Award for Alternate History finalist short story "Great White Ship."

Lou Antonelli is a modern speculative fiction author with classic sensibilities, honed by a long career as a newspaperman.

Table of Contents:
Introduction by Scott A. Cupp
Great White Ship
Hearts Made of Stone
The Centurion and the Rainman
Meet Me at the Grassy Knoll
After Image
Double Exposure
Across the Plains
The Relic
Damascus Interrupted
Twilight on the Finger Lakes
The Goddess of Bleecker Street
The Starship Theodora
The Dragon's Black Box
Tell Gilgamesh I'm Sorry
Re-Opening Night
The Hideaway
Airy Chick
Pirates of the Ozarks
Barsoom Billy
Ladybug, Ladybug
Black Hats and Blackberrys
Mak Siccar
The Quantum Gunman
Encounter in Camelot
My Ugly Little Self
The Amerikaan Way
Insight
Wet and Wild

Reviews:

"It's possible that you haven't run into the stories of Lou Antonelli. Since 2003, he's been publishing delightful short tales of alternate history all over the nooks and crannies of the SF world. Thanks to Fantastic Books, we now have 28 of these little gems in one place." —Don Sakers, Analog Science Fiction and Fact (July/August 2014)

"Antonelli's tales are logical, believable, and thoroughly enjoyable.… I found the stories in The Clock Struck None to be fresh and original, and most importantly, entertaining. None of them were like anything I've read recently. Antonelli has unique voice. It's easy to see from reading the stories in The Clock Stuck None why he was a finalist last year for a Sidewise Award." —Keith West, Amazing Stories

Publicity:

Chosen as a "Best Bet for Speculative Fiction Books—February 2014" by Kirkus Reviews