A Fine Magic


"A Fine Magic" was first published in 2006 in Eidolon I
Eidolon I
Eidolon I is a 2006 speculative fiction anthology edited by Jonathan Strahan and Jeremy G. Byrne.-Background:Eidolon I was first published in 2006 by Eidolon Books in trade paperback format...

, edited by Jeremy G. Byrne and Jonathan Strahan
Jonathan Strahan
Jonathan Strahan is an editor and publisher of science fiction. His family moved to Perth, Western Australia in 1968, and he graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1986....

 and published by Eidolon Books. It was published alongside 16 other stories by the authors Eleanor Arnason
Eleanor Arnason
Eleanor Atwood Arnason is an American author of science fiction novels and short stories.Arnason is the daughter of H. Harvard Arnason, who became the director of the Walker Art Center in 1951, and Elizabeth Yard Arnason, a social worker by profession who has spent her childhood in China...

, Kim Westwood
Kim Westwood
Kim Westwood is an Australian author born in Sydney and currently living in Canberra, the Australian Capital Territory.She is an Aurealis Award winner and twice finalist for her short stories, a number of which have appeared in Years Best anthologies in Australia and the USA, as well as broadcast...

, Holly Phillips, Elizabeth Bear
Elizabeth Bear
Sarah Bear Elizabeth Wishnevsky is an American author. Writing under the name Elizabeth Bear, she works primarily in the genre of speculative fiction, and was a winner of the 2005 John W...

, Chris Lawson
Chris Lawson
-Biography:Lawson was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1966. During his childhood Lawson spent time in New Guinea where his father worked as a biologist on a crocodile farm and his mother studied psychology of personal identity. Later he studied medicine in which he has attained a graduate...

, Simon Brown, Jeff VanderMeer
Jeff VanderMeer
Jeffrey Scott VanderMeer is an American writer, editor and publisher.He is best known for his contributions to the New Weird and his stories about the city of Ambergris, in books like City of Saints and Madmen.-Biography:...

, Hal Duncan
Hal Duncan
Hal Duncan is a Scottish science fiction and fantasy writer who published two novels, one novella, three poetry collections and several short stories.His works have been listed in the New Weird genre but he denies that such genre was even known to him at the time...

, Carol Ryles, Grace Dugan, Deborah Biancotti
Deborah Biancotti
-Biography:Biancotti was born in 1971 in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Her first work was published in 2000 with her short story "The First and Final Game" which was featured in Altair and won the 2000 Aurealis Award for best horror short story. In 2001 she won the Ditmar Award for best new talent...

, Alistair Ong, Lucy Sussex
Lucy Sussex
Lucy Sussex is a fantasy and science fiction author, editor, academic and teacher currently residing in Melbourne, Australia.She is often associated with feminist science fiction.-Personal life:...

, Tim Pratt
Tim Pratt
Tim Pratt is a science fiction and fantasy writer and poet. He grew up in the vicinity of Dudley, North Carolina, and attended Appalachian State University, where he earned a Bachelor's in English. In 1999 he attended the Clarion East Writing Workshop...

, Deborah Roggie, and William R. Eakin. In 2007 it was republished in Fantasy: The Best of the Year: 2007 Edition, edited by Rich Horton and published by Wildside Press
Wildside Press
Wildside Press is an independent publishing company located in Maryland, USA. It was founded in 1989 by John Gregory and Kim Betancourt. While the press was originally conceived as a publisher of speculative fiction in both trade and limited editions, it has broadened out somewhat since then, both...

 under their Cosmos Books imprint. "A Fine Magic" won the 2006 Aurealis Award for best fantasy short story
Aurealis Award for best fantasy short story
The Aurealis Awards are presented annually by the Australia-based Chimaera Publications and SpecFaction NSW to published works in order to "recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy, horror writers"...

 and finished 15th in the 2007 Locus Awards for best short story.
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