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Elizabeth McCoy's fiction has appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress #7, in the "Best In Show" anthology by Sofawolf*, and in the fanzine "Pawprints" (published by Conrad Wong & T. Jordan Peacock). Her tabletop RPG writing is published by Steve Jackson Games. As her author bios in SJ Games' material continually state, she lives in the Frozen Wastelands of New England, with a spouse, child, and assorted cats.
She hopes that her work will be enjoyed, and is always a bit awkward about referring to herself in the third person.
*Best in Show has been re-published as: "Furry!: The Best Anthropomorphic Fiction!" (Fred Patten, ed.)
on Oct. 09, 2011 :
This is another of my favorites of the Kintaran stories by McCoy; unsurprisingly, it's one of the longer ones, and I think the longer ones are much better showcases of her talent and her flair for world-building.
I also appreciated that throughout the short stories on offer we get to know the same characters and watch them grow up; there are recurring characters in this story and it was gratifying to watch them move on with their lives and grapple with new challenges. You feel a little like you've gotten a chance to live with them, and end up sort of parentally fond of them somehow.
But anyway, this story is high on space adventure, with lots of explosions and McCoy's trademark cleverness. Since the main characters end up separated from the Kintaran clanship, there's also a lot fewer of the Kintaran family to keep track of, a definite boon to people new to the universe--the Kintarans tend to have lots and lots of family, and keeping track of them can get difficult in short fiction. This story bypasses some of that issue.
So: fun, clever, lots of various aliens, explosions, adventure and charming characters. Definitely worth the price. :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)