The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories

“Pride and Prometheus,” a story in The Baum Plan for Financial Independence involving characters from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, is winner of the 2008 Nebula award for Best Novelette.

An astonishing, long-awaited collection of stories that intersect imaginatively with Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, The Wizard of Oz, and Flannery O’Connor. Includes John Kessel’s modern classic “Lunar Quartet” sequence about life on the moon.

“A sustained exploration of the ways gender dynamics can both empower and enslave us. Kessel’s wit sparkles throughout, peaking with the most uproariously weird phone-sex conversation you’ll ever read (“The Red Phone”).”
Entertainment Weekly A-

Table of Contents

The Baum Plan for Financial Independence [audio]
Every Angel is Terrifying [audio]
The Last American
The Invisible Empire
A Lunar Quartet
– The Juniper Tree
Stories for Men
– Under the Lunchbox Tree
– Sunlight or Rock
The Snake Girl
It’s All True
The Red Phone
Pride and Prometheus [part 1 | part 2]

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Book Sense Pick

Book Sense“One of the best collections of the year.” — Locus

“These well-crafted stories, full of elegantly drawn characters, deliver a powerful emotional punch.”
Publishers Weekly

“Kessel is a deft stylist and a master of all his tools, whose range is nearly limitless.”

“John Kessel’s writing exists at the edge of things, in the dark corner where the fiction section abuts the science-fiction shelves, in the hyphen where magic meets realism. Reading Kessel’s wonderful fabulations is like staying out too late partying and seeing strange angels while stumbling home in the dawn’s first light. This is one of those too rare short story collections that you can recommend with confidence to both the literary snob and the hard-core computer geek.”
— Rich Rennicks, Malaprop’s Bookstore, Asheville, NC

“Critics were all excited to see another anthology from Kessel … not only did Kessel pull off these stories with gusto but he did so in such a way that readers can enjoy his tales even if they have not read the original authors.”
Bookmarks Magazine

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About the Author

John Kessel co-directs the creative writing program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. A winner of the Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Award, the Locus Poll, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, his books include Good News from Outer SpaceCorrupting Dr. Nice, and The Pure Product.

His story collection, Meeting in Infinity, was a New York Times Notable Book of 1992. Writer Kim Stanley Robinson has called Corrupting Dr. Nice “the best time travel novel ever written.”

Most recently, with James Patrick Kelly he edited the anthologies Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology and Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.


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