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New Release – Experiments at 3 Billion A.M.

Posted by Dark Whisperer on August 4, 2009

Experiments at 3 Billion AMExperiments at 3 Billion A.M.

Author: Alexander Zelenyj

Publisher: Eibonvale Press

Release Date: March 20th, 2009

ISBN-10: 978-0955268
ISBN-13: 978-0955526855

Author Website

Windblown wildernesses; celestial fire; women from the moon; inexplicable phenomena in sleeping counties and visions of blood amid mazes of urban sprawl; tales culled from subterranean depths, from the A.M. darkness and from stolen afternoons of nostalgic sunlight and weeping rains…

Zelenyj’s haunting and surreal stories range widely in style, stretching from lyrical flights of fantasy to gritty and painful realism to unsettling horror and the grotesque – from subtle slipstream with only the faintest sense of the otherworldly to vivid space fiction and magic realism and even light-hearted homages to the colorful and gleeful world of the pulps. Always unexpected, these stories remain bound together by a tone of universal sadness and gentleness, and an overarching sense of wonder.

This lavish 664-page collection represents the most ambitious release yet from Eibonvale Press – the book is available in three different formats – a Regular Edition Hardcover and Limited Edition Hardcover with different cover artwork by artist David Rix, as well as a Trade Paperback version with alternate cover artwork. Each version of the book contains 40 striking black-and-white title page plates, also by Rix. This massive collection will remain as a companion for a long time to come.

Table of Contents:

  • Foreward, by David Rix
  • The Potato Thief Beneath Indifferent Stars
  • Blue Love Maria
  • Black Flies Inside
  • Footsteps to Blacken the Drifts
  • The Stealing Sky
  • The Mighty Ones Listen to the Night
  • Let the Firefly Men Remind You
  • Just Right Under Moonlight
  • Teenage Pirates and the Ghosting of Texas
  • The Loneliness of Strangefire Dancers
  • Onwards! To Memphis!
  • The Prison Hulk
  • Gladiators in the Sepulchre of Abominations
  • Night Symphonies
  • The Burning Sadness of Crash-Landed Sleepers
  • Tara of the Wine Cats
  • In the City Where Dreams Wander the Sidewalks
  • I Humbly Accept This War Stick
  • Lost in the Penguin Tunnel
  • The Lilac Perfumes Between the Stars
  • Dreams of the Rocket-Boy
  • Love, Death, and Monsters at the Drive-In
  • Letters From the Laboratory
  • The Snow Robins Fly Between Heaven and Hell
  • The Silly Significance of Running With Soda Fire
  • Waiting For the New Reign of the Fire Ants
  • Pining for the Lost Love of the Moon Creatures
  • The Empty Hands of Alvin Calvin Rourke
  • Salty Magic Balloon Trips for the Moon to Judge
  • The Runners Among the Stars
  • Captain of a Ship of Flowers
  • Pigeons or Ashes, and the Final Gift of Jimmy Colley
  • The Animals have Seized the Diamond Sea Kingdom
  • The Grey Tammy and the Living
  • Christina the Bloomed
  • I Am the Stink Candle
  • Grandmother Mars and the Relentless Call to Arms
  • Where the War Bird Leads
  • Another Light Called 1-47
  • Poppy, the Girl of my Dreams, and the Alien Invasion I can Detect Like Radar through my Braces

Whispers about Experiments at 3 Billion A.M

“Before I even read one word I was impressed by the sheer beauty of this book. The cover art and presentation is superb. . . It’s not just the picture on the front however, it’s the sheer feel of this enormous volume, a physical presentation that endows it with an air of gravitas, a sense that you have something important in your hands…[The tales in Experiments at 3 Billion AM] are masterpieces of subtlety and suggestion, electric with emotional power, brimming with inventiveness, enigmatic, inconclusive and delicately drawn, touching, without being sentimental, evocative and often deeply unsettling and shocking. This then is that rare achievement, great writing and great story telling. – Djbril, The Future Fire

“It is difficult to pigeonhole the stories’ genres as Zelenyj is able to draw from a very extensive palette, enabling his prose to create a wide variety of colors and moods; this is some of the best slipstream fiction I have read for a while. Unconstrained by genre or convention he lets his imagination roam across an impressive variety of environments – from horror, science fiction and poignant stories of everyday sadness, but always with an innate sense of wonder and a deep humanity running like a gossamer thread throughout. He mixes his genres with the hand of an expert producing some really emotive pieces, sometimes melancholy, sometimes hopeful but always interesting. – Charles Packer, Sci-Fi Online

“Science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream and relentless re-combination, Zelenyj does it all with a narrative clarity that makes for fast, enjoyable reading. The B&W interiors by Rix are classy and reminiscent of a seventies style of science fiction illustration.[ . . .] Expect great writing, a lot of it, at a bargain price.” – The Agony Column


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