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Last Plane to Heaven: The Final Collection…

Last Plane to Heaven: The Final Collection

by Jay Lake

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A superb collection.

Last plane to heaven : a love story

A bunch of hard bitten mercenaries, running a pass or die 'training school' in the Gobi desert, get bought out of this job by a spook ex-employer they hate and distrust. The new mission is to pick something up in the desert...

The star ship mechanic(With Ken Scholes)

A cute story of alien contact...

Permanent fatal errors

Lots of plotting amongst a crew of immortals with a big revelation about a star....

"Hello" said the gun

Sentient weapons....

The speed of time

Back in the 80s a Soviet experiment goes wrong and creates a blip in time...which Samera notices much later...

West to east

On a planet where winds are always typhoon-like one way, a crashed crew have to improvise a way out...

The women who ate stone squid

The woman chosen to land first on a planet with alien ruins is a fan and somehow gets caught up in an Edgar Rice Burroughs fantasy during first contact...

Looking for truth in a wild blue yonder

In an America wrecked by a flood a broken man is dumped by his robot shrink...


A strange ring warns an expat....

Jeffersons West

Secret orders from Jeffrerson to Lewis...

They are forgotten until they come again

A primitive tribe renews itself....

The woman who shattered the Moon

An old lady is released after unleashing destruction on the Western world...

The blade of his plough

The Wandering Jew tells his bloody story....


Ways of life are dying. The Meat and the Mech, in a steampunk milieu are both threatened by Shadw, and only one aswer is open...

The temptation of Eustace Prudence McAllen

A Western variant of the 'Deal with the Devi' tale...

That which rises ever upward

A mini lost world hidden in the wilds of Canada contains a bizarre community whose sole 'teacher' to dreams of freedom...

Promises: a tale of the city imperishable

Young girls are trained withstand pain...Unpleasant


A series of seven testaments are delivered, by different prophets...

The fall of the Moon

A powerful, but personal, personal piece....

A critical examination of Stigmata's print Taking the rats to Riga

Tongue in cheek criticism..............

From the countries of her dreams

A short in the 'Green' series

Unchambered heart

The tentacled sky

Such bright and risen and madness in our names

A slice of Lovecraft...

A look at what really happens...

Her fingers like whips, her eyes like razors

Different take on fairies...

Mother Urban's Booke of Days

Very personal

The cancer catechism

Dark... ( )
  AlanPoulter | Jun 17, 2016 |
A bunch of hardbitten mercenaries, running a pass or die 'training school' in the Gobi desert, get bought out of this job by a spook ex-employer they hate and distrust. The new mission is to pick something up in the desert. What they pick up is not what anyone expects, and then things start getting really weird, a la X-Files or Phil Dick. ( )
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Lake’s command of language is strong and sincere, and his stories of everyday heartaches, filled with secret fears and self-delusion, whisk readers from inner geographies of mind to limitless gulfs of space. Lake’s characters emotionally embody the doomed heroism of Nordic gods sneering at grim fates, finding bittersweet redemption in dark byways of human ignorance. -- Starred Review
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"Last Plane to Heaven is the final and definitive short story collection of award-winning SF author Jay Lake, author of Green, Endurance, and Kalimpura. Long before he was a novelist, SF writer Jay Lake, was an acclaimed writer of short stories. In Last Plane to Heaven, Lake has assembled thirty-two of the best of them. Aliens and angels fill these pages, from the title story, a hard-edged and breathtaking look at how a real alien visitor might be received, to the savage truth of "The Cancer Catechisms." Here are more than thirty short stories written by a master of the form, science fiction and fantasy both. This collection features an original introduction by Gene Wolfe. "--… (more)

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