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“Betrayed by their dreams, comforted by the ghosts of love, Dan Marcus’s wily, pitiable characters test the boundaries of fresh pasts, skewed presents, and distant futures furnished with decadent toys and ineffably alien yet totally essential technologies. These stories make me ache with nostalgia for an age yet to come. They remind me of why I’ve always wanted to be this good.”

- Nisi Shawl, author of Everfair; Nebula and World Fantasy Award Finalist; winner of the Otherwise Award

Bright Moment and Others

“Daniel Marcus is one of the best storytellers I’ve ever met. His feel for narrative is his superpower.”

- Pat Cadigan, winner of the Hugo, Locus, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards

“Ranging deftly across genres, as unexpected in their bright moments as gemstones spilled from a paper bag, Marcus’s stories unfailingly surprise and delight.”

- Paul Witcover, finalist for the World Fantasy, Nebula, and Shirley Jackson awards.

“Powerful tales (that) hinge on unspoken kindness and unacknowledged loss”

-Publishers Weekly

“What I like best about Daniel Marcus’s stories is the visual clarity, the precision of his imagining. The details he chooses to describe loom larger than themselves, full of implied narrative, and as crisp or newly-minted as money.”

- Paul Park, author of A Princess of Roumania; Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, and Locus Award finalist

“Powerful tales (that) hinge on unspoken kindness and unacknowledged loss”

- Publishers Weekly

"Love stories, every one. Dan Marcus knows the shape and sound of Tomorrow, as readers know from his regular appearances in the mags; indeed, like Stross and Doctorow, he is one of its most literate  creators. But seeing his edgy stories together, we discover that he’s been working ancient ground with modern tools. This remarkable first collection from a veteran author is a treasure for readers."

- Terry Bisson, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards

"Edgy, dark, and fascinating, these vivid tales showcase Daniel Marcus’ amazing range, original voice, and deep understanding of the human heart."
- Pat Murphy, Nebula Award winning author of The Falling Woman

Binding Energy

“Raymond Carver crossed with William Gibson.”


“Emotionally taut, tough-minded, and beautifully rendered, these stories are models of compression and power.”

- Karen Joy Fowler, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Black Glass and Sarah Canary

"Stirring stuff."

- The Guardian

“You never know, entering a Dan Marcus story, where he is going to
take you. His work is eclectic, beautifully told, imaginative, and
always, always intriguing.”
– Marta Randall, author of Journey and Dangerous Games

“In their range, and the articulation of styles, and in their balancing between self-aware referentiality and fist-clenched passion, Daniel Marcus’s brilliant assemblage of stories in Binding Energy could be seen as a kind of map for the future of literary SF.”

- Jonathan Lethem, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Motherless Brooklyn

“This is Science Fiction of the highest level. The stores ring with authenticity. The language is sharp and funny and unflinching. The science crackles. The characters are you and me: bold, lost, loving, haunted. Marcus writes with an apocalyptic vision and a humanist’s heart.”
– Michael Blumlein, World Fantasy Award finalist and author of _The Healer_ and _X,Y_

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