The Ant King and Other Stories
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The Ant King and Other Stories

By Benjamin Rosenbaum
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“Give him some prizes, like, perhaps, “best first collection” for this book.”
—Booklist (Starred review)



A dazzling, postmodern debut collection of pulp and surreal fictions: a writer of alternate histories defends his patron’s zeppelin against assassins and pirates; a woman transforms into hundreds of gumballs; an emancipated children’s collective goes house hunting.



“Rosenbaum proves he’s capable of sustained fantasy with “Biographical Notes,” a steampunkish alternate history of aerial piracy, and “A Siege of Cranes,” a fantasy about a battle between a human insurgent and the White Witch that carries decidedly modern undercurrents…. Perhaps none of the tales is odder than “Orphans,” in which girl-meets-elephant, girl-loses-elephant.”
—Kirkus Reviews


Print available via Small Beer Press

Table of Contents
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  • The Ant King: A California Fairy Tale
  • The Valley of Giants
  • The Orange
  • Biographical Notes to “A Discourse on the Nature of Causality, with Air-Planes,” by Benjamin Rosenbaum
  • Start the Clock
  • The Blow
  • Embracing-The-New
  • Falling
  • Orphans
  • On the Cliff by the River
  • Fig
  • The Book of Jashar
  • The House Beyond Your Sky
  • Red Leather Tassels
  • Other Cities
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • A Siege of Cranes
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