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The Gruff Variations


When Nebula Winner and Hugo Nominee Eric James Stone put out a call for stories based on The Three Billy Goats Gruff, my first thought was, "Billy Goats? What on earth can you do with billy goats, artistically speaking?"

The answer, as it turns out, is: "One stupendous heck of a lot."

The Gruff Variations includes work by New York Times best-selling author Shannon Hale, award-winning children's picture book author Rick Walton, Hugo Award winner (and Nebula Award nominee) Mary Robinette Kowal, Edgar Award finalist Dene Low, Nebula Award nominee Brad R. Torgersen, the inestimable William Ledbetter, and a lovely woman named Emma Nelson who spent several months tromping pavement with me Rathenow, Germany, long before either of us had blogs.

My contribution to the anthology, called A Starscape Slightly Askew, revisits the fairy tale trope of the three siblings, two of whom are inevitably brats while the third might as well be wearing a halo. I've always felt that there must have been more happening in those family dynamics than meets the eye. In addition to being a rollicking story about interstellar travel and multidimensional manipulation, A Starscape Slightly Askew explores the history that made the older siblings so cranky in the first place, as well as the effects of that history on the youngest child.

The Gruff Variations is a charity anthology. Neither the authors nor the editor received compensation for their work, and 100% of the proceeds will go toward buying books and school supplies for underprivileged children. If you're inclined to find out just how many different things you can do with billy goats, literarily speaking, I encourage you to pick up a copy.

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ericjamesstone
Mar. 24th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
It should be available in the Kindle and Nook stores sometime in the next 12-72 hours.

Edited at 2012-03-24 05:59 pm (UTC)
nancyfulda
Mar. 24th, 2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
Very nice! I will add nook and kindle links as soon as they're available.
318_2012_emma
Mar. 25th, 2012 06:01 am (UTC)
It's been fun to reconnect, Nancy. "Tromping pavement in Rathenow" sounds very billy goat-esque. Thanks for acknowledging me along with all of the important people, and great job on your fun and charming story! XOXO. Emma
wbledbetter
Mar. 26th, 2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
Hee hee...thanks for mentioning me in that list of notables! I'm looking forward to reading your story!
Martin Shoemaker
Apr. 1st, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
A review
From my reviews at Smashwords, Amazon, and the Writers of the Future forum:

"'A Starscape Slightly Askew': Wow. Right off the bat, they stretch that theme! This is why Nancy Fulda is awesome. It's a story of three sisters, archaeologists all, who discover a danger that may be too much for them."

I really liked your sisters. I found their motivations very believable, and thus their final resolution was very satisfying. And I thought Eric made a good choice in opening with this piece (well, except for the 3 billion goats), because it set the tone: "inspired by", but by no means only goats!
nancyfulda
Apr. 2nd, 2012 05:55 am (UTC)
Re: A review
Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story, and I'm glad the fine folks at Writing for Charity chose the Billy Goats Gruff theme. Without it, that story wouldn't exist.
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