An Agent of Utopia: New and Selected Stories
In the tales gathered in An Agent of Utopia: New and Selected Stories you will meet a Utopian assassin, an aging UFO contactee, a haunted Mohawk steelworker, a time-traveling prizefighter, a yam-eating Zombie, and a child who loves a frizzled chicken—not to mention Harry Houdini, Zora Neale Hurston, Sir Thomas More, and all their fellow travelers riding the steamer-trunk i...more
• An Agent of Utopia • novelette. Finalist for the 2018 Nebula and 2019 Locus awards. Historical fantasy: what if an emissary from Utopia had visited Sir Thomas More as he awaited execution in the Tower of London? Eh. Bounced on first try.
• Joe Diabo's Farewell • novelette. Eddie Two Rivers DeLisle is a Mohawk steelworker, building a skyscraper in NYC in 1926. The riveter on his crew falls to his death. Eddie goes to the movies that night. A slic ...more
Duncan reads like the Southern version of Clifford Simak. Most of the stories are set in the South, with simple characters confronting weird situations. Even when not in first person, they read in the languorous lilt of the Southern drawl. A variation of style would have been nice once in a while, but that's the only negative. Well, that and the frequent use of the N-word. While appropriate for the time and place the stories were set, it's still ja ...more
"Agent" is powerful and clever and really makes you feel you're stuck in the filth of early modern London. A true delight to see Andy turn his penchant for dialect on the Shakesperean Insult!
"Joe Diablo's Farewell" was just... wow. Heartbreaking and beautiful. It hit all my buttons hard and will stick with me for a while.
So, if you love historical fiction, the delightful ...more
CW: a number of these stories deal with racism and abuse. There's possibly more use of the n- word than we really need. But the author's voice is very Southern. If you can take a deep breath and read past the offensive word(s), the stories are ...more