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Darwin's Bastards

September 2010

“Zsuzsi Gartner is the editor of a new weird and wonderful collection of short stories from twenty-three of Canada's finest writers…[She] manages to combine darkly humourous dystopian visions with social satires and fabulist tales…The lineup of authors in this collection is stellar and includes Douglas Coupland, Yann Martel, Heather O'Neill, Annabel Lyon, Sheila Heti, Timothy Taylor, and the first short story in over a decade from William Gibson.”

Toronto Quarterly, Sep 9, 2010
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Darwin's Bastards

Darwin's Bastards

August 2010

Darwin’s Bastards, edited by Zsuzsi Gartner, is a collection of new speculative short fiction from Canadian literary writers…There’s something for everyone, or almost everyone, in this collection.”

Geist, Aug 11, 2010
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Darwin's Bastards

August 2010

“The stories collected here challenge the orthodoxy of what Canadian fiction can and should do, while continually adding fuel to the eternal flame of literature. These are "tales from tomorrow" in that the future is now -- it's 2010...We need more books like this, Canada. If you're one of those who counts themselves among Darwin's illegitimate children as well, check this one out.”

Broken Pencil, Aug 5, 2010
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Darwin's Bastards

June 2010

“Gartner has collected some rare artifacts...a bunch of weird stories by virtuoso writers including Douglas Coupland and William Gibson, homages to the pulpy, dystopian sci-fi genre.”

Tyee.ca, Jun 18, 2010
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Darwin's Bastards

June 2010

Darwin's Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow is an ambitious undertaking that forms a sort of parallel-world overview of the current CanLit scene. Names like...Heather O'Neill and Yann Martel, will serve as handy hooks for readers who would normally never go anywhere near a sci-fi collection. The pre-converted can dive in without fear.”

Montreal Gazette, Jun 11, 2010
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Darwin's Bastards

Darwin's Bastards

June 2010

“Darwin’s Bastards contains 23 tales from tomorrow unleashed by the feverish imaginations of such Canuck writers as Sheila Heti, Annabel Lyon and Douglas Coupland. Editor Zsuzsi Gartner describes this original collection of freewheeling, provocative stories such as “punch-drunk on language, fizzing with ideas.” There are talking vacuum cleaners, the “chaos of capitalism run amuck” and a whole lotta love.”

MORE Magazine, Jun 1, 2010
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Darwin's Bastards

May 2010

“the 23 authors here, all Canadian, forgo...alarmism to give us stories that cast sometimes cynical, sometimes melancholy and very often humorous looks at a social landscape not all that different from our own...The quality of writing across the collection is wonderfully high. Darwin's Bastards may not say much about the future, but it has plenty to tell us about the way we live today.”

LA Times, May 23, 2010
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Darwin's Bastards

May 2010

“The ‘what if’ of Matthew J. Trafford’s story “The Divinity Gene” is provocative: What if someone found a way to clone Jesus Christ? In Trafford’s hands, this ‘what if’ becomes the springboard for an inquiry into the nature of religious belief and an examination of the unintended consequences that can accrue to scientific exploration without limits or moral boundaries.”

stevenbeattie.com, May 4, 2010
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Darwin's Bastards

May 2010

“The future is unknown, Gartner's selections seem to exclaim—and since it's anyone's guess what'll happen, who are we to exclude talking squid?”

The Ottawa Citizen, May 1, 2010
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Darwin's Bastards

May 2010

“Darwin’s Bastards shines a worrisome twilight on tomorrow, but whatever the fallout of our failures turns out to be, it will no doubt make for a good story or two.”

Vancouver Review, May 1, 2010
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