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|Format: ||Paperback, 232 pages|
|Published In: ||Canada, 18 March 2014|
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In his confident debut, Greg Bechtel offers ten charged stories about the impossible-turned-possible - secrets, paranoia, sex, conspiracies and magic - that will appeal to fans of Neil Gaiman, China Mieville, Barbara Gowdy and Jonathan Lethem and readers of both speculative fiction and literary fiction alike.Boundary Problems vibrates on the edge of meaning, as carjackers, accidental gunrunners, small-town cabbies, academics researching erotica and confused physics students struggle to wring meaning from the strange events that overtake them. Bechtel's worlds of mystery, physics and magic constantly challenge his characters' pursuit of logical explanations. These compelling tales constantly blur lines and push boundaries - into the surreal, into the playful, into the irresistibility of uncertainty.
Broadview Press Ltd|
21.6 x 14 centimetres (0.51 kg)|
15+ years |
About the Author
Greg Bechtel's award-winning stories have appeared in several journals and anthologies, including The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, On Spec, Qwerty, and the Tesseracts anthologies of speculative fiction and one was nominated for the Journey Prize. Bechtel completed his PhD on the intersections between Canadian fantasy, fantasy theory, genre theory, cognitive science and syncretism at the University of Alberta, where he now teaches English literature and creative writing.
"Each of Greg Bechtel's stories is a perfect little puzzle-box: one marvels at their perfect geometries while anticipating that dazzling moment where every piece slots flush. These finely-crafted, emotionally resonant tales will stay with me a long, long time." -- Craig Davidson, author of Cataract City "Here is beauty and strangeness on every page. In these finely written stories, people meet, connect for a moment in time, then vanish like quantum particles. Sometimes, in the best tradition of Philip K. Dick, reality itself seems to be unraveling. But Bechtel is too canny to restrict himself to any genre conventions--these are stories about how we live now, and he's figured out that we're all leading science fictional lives." -- Daryl Gregory, author of Pandemonium "From tarot cards and junk mail and theoretical physics, Greg Bechtel weaves mirror worlds of the complex and precarious lives we live now. This audacious, astonishing debut collection reminds us that in a world stripped of the magical, we can find magic again where it's always been, waiting for us to remember we need it: in stories." -- Thomas Wharton, author of The Logogryph and Icefields "Where magic meets physics, Bechtel writes in the dynamic margins of possibility. Boundary Problems is a mind-bending vacation from the ordinary." -- Saleema Nawaz, author of Bone and Bread "Boundary Problems is a chaotic collection with comic touches, a paranoid Pynchonesque mix-tape of hosers and hipster cafes, office jobs and summer camp confessions, lit theory and online porn. Boundary problems? No problem for Greg Bechtel; his debut is wild, sly, and magnetic." -- Mark Anthony Jarman, author of 19 Knives and My White Planet