The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories
by Andy Duncan
So this arrived in the mail. It's Andy Duncan's second collection of short fiction, The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories (2012), from PS Publishing. His first collection appeared over a decade ago. This new collection includes "The Chief Designer," one of my favorites, a novella that was shortlisted for the Hugo and Nebula awards and won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. It concerns Sergei Korolev, the innovative man behind the early successes of the Soviet space program. Until his death, his name was considered a state secret and he was known only as "Chief Designer." Michael Swanwick wrote in Locus: "A portrayal ... of the single most positive enterprise of the twentieth century -- the emergence of life into outer space. Shorn of the usual American jingoism, the beauty and tragic romance of that emergence is laid bare."
Duncan, one of the best short fiction writers in the science fiction and fantasy genres, frequently explores themes relating to the Southern U.S. The title story, the novelette "The Pottawatomie Giant," won the World Fantasy Award.