FINALIST FOR THE AURORA AWARD-Best Collection There are three stories in this collection, and they reach from van Gogh's rural France to the classic travelling fair to the far lost forest, and from timeshift to shapeshift to the activity of luck. That's range, or at least a glimpse of range, in the grand manner that harks back to Bradbury and Sturgeon and Ellison. -Chaz Brenchley, British Fantasy Award Winner Like any of us, the characters we meet in IMPOSSIBILIA have things they hide inside-secrets, fears, aspects of themselves they keep locked away. Or try to. Only their things are a little...different. A painter who talks to Vincent van Gogh... A shapeshifter hunting one of his own... The secret to being the luckiest man alive... Welcome to IMPOSSIBILIA! From the reviews: Rarely have I seen such an apt title to any book! Douglas Smith has given us three amazing stories that are so unusual and beautiful that other name than Impossibilia could possibly describe this collection. Each tale was rapture and ecstasy, magical and mysterious, perfect and implausible. ... I don't kw what else to say without spoiling things for you so I won't say anything else, except READ THIS BOOK!!! - Jim Dodge Jr., Mass Movement Magazine, May 2009 The writing is superb. Douglas Smith is an artisan and his stories beautifully crafted. ... In my search for the perfect short story, the three in this volume certainly qualify. -Kelly Jensen, SF Crowsnest Book Reviews, 2009 There is a certain exhilaration that comes from reading the book's complex and powerfully emotional stories couched in that deft and smooth prose. ... [Smith deserves] to be kwn to by a very wide audience indeed. -Dead Reckonings review magazine Highly, highly recommended. -Liviu Suciu, Fantasy Book Critic, 2009
Douglas Smith is an award-winning Canadian author of fantasy, SF, horror, supernatural, and the ever popular undefinable who has been published in thirty countries and twenty-five languages around the world. Doug is a three-time winner of Canada's Aurora Award for speculative fiction and has been a finalist for the international John W. Campbell Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, the CBC Bookies award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. His other works include: THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD (Lucky Bat Books, 2013) - Urban fantasy novel CHIMERASCOPE (ChiZine, 2010) - Collection - Finalist for the Sunburst Award, Aurora Award, and CBC Bookies Award PLAYING THE SHORT GAME (Lucky Bat Books, 2014) - A writer's guide LA DANSE DES ESPRITS (Dreampress, 2011) - Collection - Finalist for France's Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane A sample of what others have said about Doug and his writing: One of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction. - Library Journal His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think. - Robert J. Sawyer, award-winning author A great storyteller with a gifted and individual voice. - Charles de Lint, award-winning author Doug's website is www.smithwriter.com and he tweets at smithwrtr.