Eight epic fantasy stories that have a common theme—failure. Sometimes dark but often funny, these tales paint other worlds where things didn’t work out the way the main character planned.
- A Lesson in Summoning—an apprentice learns how summon Shrong demons.
- A Boy with No Name on a Horse Called Spot—a young man must earn his adult name.
- Cheating Death—an untrustworthy Greek wizard finds a way to live forever.
- The Loneliness Drug—a new drug hits the market with side effects.
- Of Mycenaean Men: an ancient foible—a Monty Pythonesque spoof of the Odyssey.
- Native Intelligence—a teenaged Indian learns magic from his grandfather.
- Agents of Fortune—an Appalachian witch helps people by listening to the right voice.
- Zaboath Must Die—a post-apocalypse where one person’s heaven is another’s hell.