Author: Douglas Smith
Publisher: PS Publishing
Release Date: December 2008
ISBN-13: 978-1848630017 (Jacketed Hardcover, signed and numbered)
ISBN-13: 978-1848630000 (Hardcover, signed and numbered)
We all have things we hide away inside – secrets, fears, aspects of ourselves we keep locked away. Or try to. In that respect, the characters we meet in Impossibilia are like any of us. They have things inside them too. Only their things are a little… different. A dead wife that won’t leave. A wolf. The secret to being the luckiest man alive.
In ‘Bouquet of Flowers in Vase, by van Gogh’, remote viewing drives a search through the past for lost masterpieces. An ex-CIA agent, haunted by the presence of his dead wife, falls in love with a beautiful remote viewer with her own secret. But can viewing the past change the present?
Cree Indian legends, a love triangle, a covert government agency, and shape shifters collide in the award-winning ‘Spirit Dance’, described in Challenging Destiny as “…a vivid and wonderfully written tale about Native Canadian spirits, in the vein of Thomas King.”
In ‘Going Down to Lucky Town’, an itinerant gambler chases a streak of luck across the country, while trying to win back the love of his daughter. The secret he finds forces him into an ultimate gamble for the highest stakes of all: his daughter’s life.
And through all the stories, these characters share one more thing beyond what they hold inside. In the decisions they face, in the choices they make, they do what they do out of love. Lost love, found love, the love of a child. But love. So maybe they aren’t that different from us after all…
Impossibilia contains three novelettes from award-winning Canadian writer, Douglas Smith. From the introduction by UK writer, Chaz Brenchley: “The stories in this collection reach from van Gogh’s rural France to the classic travelling fair to the far lost forest, and from timeshift to shapeshift to the activity of luck. That’s range, or at least a glimpse of range, in the grand manner that harks back to Bradbury and Sturgeon and Ellison.”
Whispers about Impossibilia…
“The three stories collected in Impossibilia are very different, covering almost the entire range of speculative genres. The writing is superb. Douglas Smith is an artisan and his stories beautifully crafted. … In my search for the perfect short story, the three in this volume certainly qualify.” -Kelly Jensen, SF Crowsnest Book Reviews
“With every new story, the more impressed I am with [Smith's] subtlety and vision. I’ve yet to read a work of his that wasn’t beautifully written, but more than that, his stories resonate with a deep understanding of the human condition as well as a characteristic wry wonder… Stories you can’t forget, even years later.” -Julie Czerneda, author and editor
“Each story [in Impossibilia] is unique and different, showcasing a different aspect of Douglas Smith’s talent. [...] A fun romp that delivered something different [with] stories that are exhilarating…” - Charles Tan, Bibliophile Stalker