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Why I Hunt Flying Saucers And Other Fantasticals

By Hugh A. D. Spencer

Science fiction short story collection, 17+
278 pages

ISBN: 978-1-928011-07-1
MSRP: $15.99 CAD paperback, $2.99 CAD ebook
Released: April 2016

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Hugh A. D. Spencer’s weird, wonderful, side-splitting short fiction has been delighting audiences for over 25 years. His stories have been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies and broadcast on National Public Radio satellite networks. Now collected together for the first time, Why I Hunt Flying Saucers And Other Fantasticals contains thirteen of his best-loved stories, along with all-new introductions by the author.

Malfunctioning household robots, an endless apocalyptic loop, potash-fuelled interstellar travel, and more—these stories stretch science fiction to its limit and bring it into our backyards at the same time.

Includes the Aurora Award-nominated story “Why I Hunt Flying Saucers”!

Foreword by Dr. John Colarusso, Professor of Linguistics, McMaster University

Stories in this collection

Why I Hunt Flying Saucers
Icarus Down/Bear Rising
The Triage Conference
The Robot Reality Check
Strategic Dog Patterning
The Z-Burger Simulations
Mormonism and the Saskatoon Space Programme
The Hospital for Sick Robots
Problem Project
A 21st Century Scientific Romance
When Bloomsbury Fails
(Coping With) Norm Deviation

Praise for the stories in this collection

“‘Why I Hunt Flying Saucers’ delivers a superb jolt of humour.” ~ Toronto Star

“[O]ne of the best, and most original, stories.” ~ Locus Magazine on “(Coping With) Norm Deviation”

“‘Problem Project’… is a whipsaw change in tone… A tight grin of a story, not quite a laugh, but lingering.” ~ Tangent

“Spencer has fun with quantum realities.” ~ Best SF on “Problem Project”

“‘Pornzilla’ was weird beyond belief.” ~ Best SF

Praise for Extreme Dentistry

“Spencer stacks it with so many odd elements that it all works. Well worth searching out.” ~ Toronto Star

“Extreme Dentistry is very funny and quite horrific.” ~ Amazing Stories

“A dark and mordantly funny satire.” ~ Armed and Dangerous

“Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy vibe.” ~ Read, Play, Review

Praise for the writing of Hugh A. D. Spencer

"Hugh's work never fails to crack me up and make me think." ~ Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother and Homeland

“Lucid, lyrical, and savvy.” ~ Paul Levinson, author of Unburning Alexandria and The Silk Code

“If you like to laugh and cower at the same time—if you like science fiction that is simultaneously progressive and retro—then you need to read this… Like nothing I’ve ever read before. Highly recommended.” ~ Dale Sproule, author of Psychedelia Gothique

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