By Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Nebula award-winning writer Elizabeth Ann Scarborough brings jointly 9 of her top brief tales in Scarborough reasonable and different Stories. Her wit and knowledge are encapsulated in those tales that mix delusion, historical past -- and that indefinable contact that basically Elizabeth Ann Scarborough has -- right into a magical trip via worlds that in basic terms she might create.

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