Mirrormaze A Dreampunk Anthology

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From Alice to Don Quixote to Gilgamesh and back into prehistory, dreams have always played a special role in storytelling. In modern times, we find ourselves caught in an explosion of technology whose ramifications confound our understanding of the natural world, the real world. Never before has reality felt so plastic, so unreal.

The crystallization of cyberpunk in the 1980s (heralded by the film Blade Runner, the novel Neuromancer, and the anthology Mirrorshades) led to a variety of “punk” genres with little in common other than a certain ineffable feeling: a sense of wonder at the power of human contrivance mingled with an overwhelming dread of the same.

We now find ourselves in a very strange place. Technology is embedded so deeply in our lives that it no longer feels separate; it’s taken for granted, like breathing. Whatever can be imagined can be experienced, if not in the “real” world then somewhere else. This is our new reality. We live inside our heads, in our dreams.

Millennia in the making, the time has come for the first-ever dreampunk anthology: Mirrormaze.

Mirrormaze

Stories to Be Included

Author Story Word Count
Alex Pilalis “Hidden Features” 4,500
“Nightmare’s End” 2,600
Anna Tizard “Kiss of Fire” 2,900
Catherine Dufour “Alice Under Marmalade Skies” 3,700
Charles C. Mitchell “Domestic Animals I Have Known” 2,100
Chris McCallister “Perchance to Dream” 3,000
Cliff Jones Jr. “A Bottle of Jinn” 4,500
“Dorothy in the Land of Poppies” 1,800
“Pipe Dream” 600
“So Long” 2,600
Courtney LoCicero “The Future Is Milk” 1,100
“Teacup Koi” 1,200
David Michael Williams “Drifters” 5,900
David Pierre “Transmigration” 5,500
Dez Schwartz “Thatcher Maugden and the Dream Witch” 3,600
Elizabeth Roderick “Happy Birthday, Tinkerbell” 2,000
Jeb R. Sherrill “Sleepwalker” 1,600
“Somnium” 7,700
Jim Hardison “The End of Michael Clement” 5,600
L. B. Shimaira “Visual Snow” 2,400
M. Crane Hana “Two Roads” 3,300
Michael D. Nadeau “Walking in Dreams” 2,200
Ragnar Martinson “Chrome, Reflected” 2,100
Shaun Allan “Buffering” 7,600
Stephen Coghlan “Flight of the Universe” 4,100
Steven R. Brandt “Martian Spirit Quest” 4,000
Tessa B. Dick “The Mirror Cracked” 2,000
Thomas Fortenberry “The Dragon’s Nest” 5,100
Yelena Calavera “Origin” 5,200