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Future Treasures: Dreams of Distant Shores, by Patricia A. McKillip

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 | Posted by John ONeill

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A new collection by Patricia A. McKillip is a major event. In the first four decades of her very accomplished career she released a scant two short story collections: The Throme of the Erril of Sherill (1984) and Harrowing the Dragon (2005). Taychon Publications has doubled that number just in the last four years, starting with Wonders of the Invisible World (2012), and now Dreams of Distant Shores, on sale in trade paperback next week.

Dreams of Distant Shores includes four short stories, a novella, and a short (121 page) novel, Something Rich and Strange, set in Brian Froud’s Faerielands, which won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature in 1994. It also includes “Writing High Fantasy,” a 6-page essay by Patricia A. McKillip, and “Dear Pat: Afterword,” a new 6-page essay by Peter S. Beagle. See the back cover above for the complete description (click for a more legible version.)

Dreams of Distant Shores will be published by Tachyon Publications on June 14, 2016. It is 274 pages, priced at $15.95 in trade paperback and $9.99 for the digital edition. The cover is by Thomas Canty.


  1. Ooooh! Must get.

    Comment by R.K. Robinson - June 7, 2016 1:15 pm

  2. Love this cover art

    Comment by Scott Taylor - June 7, 2016 4:33 pm

  3. McKillip books always have *the best* covers, always breathtakingly beautiful.

    Comment by Allen Snyder - June 8, 2016 12:14 am

  4. I have not the words to express my love for Thomas Canty’s cover art.

    Comment by Joe H. - June 8, 2016 10:46 pm

  5. The depth and color of the cover illustration made me think of Kinuko Craft, who has illustrated a number of Ms. McKillip’s book covers. Cannot go wrong with either artist.

    Comment by Eugene R. - June 11, 2016 10:31 pm

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