Paul Di Filippo Books In Order

Will Keats Books In Publication Order

  1. Would It Kill You to Smile? (1998)
  2. Muskrat Courage (2000)

Linear Books In Publication Order

  1. A Year In The Linear City (2002)
  2. A Princess Of The Linear Jungle (2010)

Glen and Stan Books In Publication Order

  1. The Big Get-Even (2018)
  2. The Deadly Kiss-Off (2019)
  3. The Mezcal Crack-Up (2020)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Ribofunk (1996)
  2. Ciphers (1997)
  3. Joe’s Liver (2000)
  4. A Mouthful of Tongues (2002)
  5. Little Doors (2002)
  6. Fuzzy Dice (2003)
  7. Spondulix (2004)
  8. Harp, Pipe, & Symphony (2006)
  9. Creature from the Black Lagoon (2006)
  10. Roadside Bodhisattva (2010)
  11. Cosmocopia (2014)
  12. Aeota (2019)
  13. The Summer Thieves (2021)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. Wikiworld (2010)
  2. Return to the Twentieth Century (2011)
  3. Waves and Smart Magma (2011)
  4. Worldshifter (2021)

Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. Fractal Paisleys (1997)
  2. Lost Pages (1998)
  3. Strange Trades (2001)
  4. Babylon Sisters and Other Posthumans (2002)
  5. Neutrino Drag (2004)
  6. The Emperor of Gondwanaland and Other Stories (2005)
  7. Shuteye for the Timebroker (2006)
  8. Triquorum One (2006)
  9. Plumage from Pegasus (2006)
  10. Harsh Oases (2008)
  11. After the Collapse (2011)
  12. The Great Jones COOP Ten Gigasoul Party (2014)
  13. A Palazzo in the Stars (2015)
  14. Lost Among the Stars (2017)
  15. Infinite Fantastika (2018)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. How To Write Science Fiction (2011)
  2. Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010 (With: Damien Broderick) (2012)

Studies in Modern History Books In Publication Order

  1. The East India Company: A History (1987)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology (1986)
  2. The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: The 50th Anniversary Anthology (1999)
  3. Cities (2003)
  4. The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Twentieth Annual Collection (2007)
  5. Last Drink Bird Head (2009)
  6. Adrift in the Noosphere: Science Fiction Stories (2012)
  7. The Wildside Book of Fantasy (2012)
  8. Super Stories of Heroes and Villains (2013)
  9. Conspiracy! (2016)
  10. The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction July/August 2018 (2018)
  11. The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction May/June 2019 (2019)
  12. Once Upon a Parsec (2019)
  13. Out of the Ruins: The Apocalyptic Anthology (2021)

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Paul Di Filippo Books Overview


Following the shock wave of cyberpunk writing in the late 1980s, Paul Di Filippo’s first book, The Steampunk Trilogy, burst on the scene in 1995, leading SF veteran William Gibson to declare the young writer’s work ‘spooky, haunting, hilarious.’ Cyberpunk concentrated on cold hardware. Di Filippo coined ‘Ribofunk‘ by fusing ‘ribosome’ as in cellular biology with ‘funk’ as in rock and roll. In the world of Ribofunk, biology is a cutting edge science, where the Protein Police patrol for renegade gene splicers and part human sea creatures live in Lake Superior, dealing with toxic spills. Ribofunk depicts a sentient river; a sultry bodyguard who happens to be part wolverine; a reluctant thrill seeker who climbs a skyscraper and finds himself stuck; and a chain smoking Peter Rabbit who leads his fellows in a bloody rebellion against whom else? Mr. McGregor.


Fiction. ‘Am I live or am I Memorex?’ so begins Di Filippo’s latest novel, ‘A Post Shannon Rock’N’Roll Mystery Composed Partially By Sampling, Splicing, Channeling and Reverse Transcription’. This dense tome contains large numbers of thought provoking quotes’Klues’ as well as ‘Doctor Wu’s Portable Decryption of Cyphers’.

A Mouthful of Tongues

In his new novel, A Mouthful of Tongues, Paul Di Filippo, cult author of Ciphers, The Steampunk Trilogy, and Ribofunk, makes his boldest fictional statement yet. Writing in the tradition of Kathy Acker and Samuel R. Delany, but with a subversive brio all his own, Di Filippo here imagines a true erotic revolution, a crusade of the libido that will topple a corrupt and jaded future world order, and possibly much besides…
Kerry Hackett is just another corporate pawn in the urban cauldron of 2015, besieged on all sides by those who would possess and exploit her. Driven to desperation, she undergoes a mysterious transformation into an alchemical goddess, wanderer of the timelines. In a magnificently evoked parallel Brazil, a place of seedy splendor and charismatic lusts, Kerry, or that which she has become, tests her carnal arsenal on targets deserving and undeserving; but the attention of a more powerful agency has been attracted, and a yet stranger metamorphosis awaits. A tale of heartbreak, revenge, and liberation, written in Paul Di Filippo’s most fantastically effervescent prose, A Mouthful of Tongues is a work of science fiction which crosses boundaries and breaks taboos with brilliant savage abandon. It can only add to its author’s rapidly growing following, and will shake the world of speculative fiction to its very foundations. ‘Out of a rich impasto of language, a story that is sensual, sexual, and hot takes shape around one of the most engaging hero*ines since Southern and Hoffenberg’s Candy.’ Samuel R. Delany ‘Sacred sin, that’s Di Filippo’s force here. We have participated in a transpersonal act that lifts our consciousness above the situational polarities of morality and into the psyche’s unknown, where objective energetic processes fuse dream and matter and make us us. A ruthless fantasy of aggressive sexuality and archaic intentions.’ A. A. Attanasio

Little Doors

Here are 17 new stories from a writer whose work has been praised by William Gibson as ‘spooky, haunting, hilarious.’ In the title story of Little Doors, a professor of children’s literature discovers a bizarre synchronicity between a lost text and his illicit relationship with a student. In another story, a boy is born without a brain and his skull is invaded by a group of wild animals. Another chronicles an all night drive through a Manhattan distinctly different from but strangely similar to our own. All of these stories are replete with chaos, human oddities, and the unruly energy of a Tom Waits song, forming an exhilarating collection from a truly creative force in contemporary fiction. The master of ‘trailer park science fiction’, Di Filippo is a two time finalist for the Nebula Award and finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. ‘ Di Filippo channelsurfs postmodern apocalypse, brilliantly.’ Jonathan Lethem

Fuzzy Dice

How badly could you screw up when granted access to infinite worlds conforming to your heart’s most intimate desires? No matter how much of a disaster you or I might make of such a miraculous gift, rest assured that Paul Girard, hapless middle-aged bookstore clerk, can hilariously surpass your worst fumblings and missteps. Visited one morning by a dimension-hopping artificial intelligence named Hans, Paul is given the ability to jump instantly to any world he can envision. But without truly knowing himself, Paul soon discovers that framing a wish that gets the expected results is not as easy as it first appears. From the depths of the Big Bang to a world where hippies rule; from a land of Amazons to one where life is a video-game; from a society where cooperation means everything to one where individual chaos rules. Across these bizarre dimensions and many others, Paul races in the search for happiness, love, wealth, status and the answer to the Ontological Pickle. Acquiring comrades and enemies along the way, our feckless alternaut reaches a cul-de-sac from which the only exit is death. And then his adventures really begin.


This volume reports on a large body of work led by the World Health Organization that is intended to strengthen the foundations for evidence based policies aimed at health systems development. This has included work to develop a common conceptual framework for health systems performance as*sessment, to encourage the development of tools to measure its components, and to collaborate with countries in applying these tools to measure and then to improve health systems performance. It began with the enunciation of a framework that specified a parsimonious set of key goals to which health systems contribute, and the first set of figures on goal attainment and health system efficiency in countries that were Members of the Organization was published in The World Health Report 2000. This book provides a uniquely comprehensive exploration of many different facets of health systems performance as*sessment. It will be relevant for researchers, students and decision makers seeking a more detailed understanding of concepts, methods and the latest empirical findings. While most authors in this volume take a global perspective, the findings have important implications for the development of national performance frameworks and the creation of a culture of accountability.

Harp, Pipe, & Symphony

In this, Di Filippo’s first fantasy novel ever, Thomas the Rhymer confronts humans and faery and monsters, in a quest through lands known and unknown…
but can he survive the machinations of the Faery Queen?

Creature from the Black Lagoon

In 1954, an expedition found what seemed to be a missing link in the evolutionary chain: an ancient, immensely powerful amphibian creature. Scientists tried to tame it, break its will, and even change its very being with surgery and torture, but the beast rebelled, killing nearly all in its way. But was the creature truly a throwback, a freak survivor of some prehistoric era or was it something more? Six decades later, one scientist attempts to find out, using a time machine to journey into the past. What he finds not only shatters his vision of what the Creature might be, but could change the history of the human race forever. Paul Di Filippo reinvents the Creature with a tale of time travel, horror, and mystery that blends Cold War science fiction with today’s cutting edge cyberpunk.

Fractal Paisleys

Ten funky science fiction stories by the widely acclaimed author of The Steampunk Trilogy and Ribofunk. Here is cutting edge science fiction by a writer called one of the funniest, most original, and most offbeat today. The book includes ‘alternate world’ stories with a light, whimsical touch, in the vein of Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Lost Pages

Imagine ‘Frank’ Kafka as the scourge of Gotham’s mean streets; Henry Miller as a messenger for Western Union; Philip K. Dick as a hardware store salesman married to Linda Ronstadt. Paul Di Filippo, one of the original cyberpunks, reimagines the lives of some of the superstars of literature. Nine unpredictable stories position famous writers in strange, alternate existences.

Strange Trades

Revolving around the inescapable process of earning a living, these 11 stories present a welcome and refreshing change of pace from more typical science fiction. Speculating about future lifestyles and how to function as a member of the new global economy, these tales emphasize the moral and spiritual dimensions of employment and examine the practical and ethical quandaries that possible future occupations may provide. Though written primarily about jobs, careers, and professions, these narratives are filled with suspense and adventure, romance, and laughter.

Babylon Sisters and Other Posthumans

Paul Di Filippo is one of Science Fiction’s finest short story writers, wild, witty, exuberantly imaginative; Babylon Sisters and Other Posthumans is a generous showcase of his strange, transformative, and powerful Hard SF visions. The fourteen stories collected here are glimpses into the most fantastic possibilities of human evolution biological, social, and cultural. From a New York split into warring walled enclaves, to the destiny of our species as a strain of virus, to an Africa made over by nanotech messiahs, to a future Earth protected by half alien angels, to wars of liberation from what we have always so tragically been: these are only some of the awe inspiring transitions to be found in Babylon Sisters. Read here of rebellion by books against their librarian, of cosmic destiny remade by stellar lunatics, of disorienting ventures beyond the boundaries of the human; discover here the perverse and terrible dangers of the age of posthumanity.

Neutrino Drag

What do Jayne Mansfield, Pythagoras, Disney ‘imagineers,’ and the Virgin Mary have in common? They are all privileged to be protagonists in the stories in Paul Di Filippo’s newest collection. Twenty tales to rock the mind, of mental pygmies and product placement, gentle giants and teen witches. The title story is a Robert Williams cartoon come to life, in which the narrator races roadsters in ‘a match of Cosmic Chicken out in space’ with a pair of visiting aliens. The inimitable Di Filippo is known for his calculated lack of restraint and his incredible stylistic versatility.

The Emperor of Gondwanaland and Other Stories

Paul Di Filippo’s fiction spans genres from cyberpunk to alternative history to extravagantly funny tales involving talking beavers. As whimsical as they are intelligent, the eighteen stories gathered here, each introduced by the author, find strange characters in even stranger circumstances. An all access pass to Di Filippo s whirlwind imagination, The Emperor of Gondwanaland makes clear why its author is one of the most respected science fiction writers around. The man who coined the word ribofunk to describe science fiction with a biogenetic twist, Di Filippo sees into the heart of our times with a vision and creativity that simply won t quit. The Emperor of Gondwanaland is more like a fluid Dal dreamscape, painted with the deft brushstrokes; a wildly fantastic escape to alternate universes from one of the most imaginative writers around.

Shuteye for the Timebroker

Shuteye for the Timebroker gathers a wide, wild assortment of stories that collectively represent Di Filippo’s extensive concerns, themes and styles. Pure science fiction in the ‘Galaxy’ mode can be found in the title piece, while modern day publishing practices get a raking over in the satirical ‘The Secret Sutras of Sally Strumpet’ included in The Year’s Best Science Fiction Twenty Second Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois. Humorous fantasies such as ‘Captain Jill’ and ‘Billy Budd’ segue into a Dunsanyian tale such as ‘Walking the Great Road.’ There’s a touch of horror to be found in ‘Underground,’ ‘Eel Pie Stall,’ and ‘We’re All In This Alone’ the latter co written with award winner Michael Bishop. A politically charged story of a fantastic assassin occurs in ‘Shadowboxer.’ Finally, the nearly three dozen vignettes under the title ‘The Farthest Schorr’ form a mini collection in themselves, as they take flight from the surreal paintings of Todd Schorr.

Plumage from Pegasus

What happens when the tools and themes of science fiction are applied to the genre of science fiction itself and to publishing in general? Surprisingly, the result is not a black hole of dreary self referentiality but a supernova of literary comedy, in the manner of classicists such as S. J. Perelman, Stephen Leacock and Robert Benchley, and postmodernists such as Mark Leyner, Will Self and Steve Aylett. In this collection of short, sharp, satirical gems, Paul Di Filippo noted for his own fiction and criticism, which gives him an insider’s perspective turns a keen eye on the foibles, fallacies, fads and failures of science fiction the industry, mining comedic gold from the gaffes, pomposities and pretensions of authors, publicists, reviewers, publishers, editors, fans, librarians and bookstore owners. Using their own words as springboards in many cases, he extrapolates wildly, in the classic manner of the best GALAXY magazine stories, to give us such improbable but inevitable scenarios as literary hit men, self blinded authors, agents as personal servants and a Victorian internet. Although these japes abound with in jokes, nothing more is required to enjoy them than a basic familiarity with science fiction, an empathy for the human condition, and a willingness to laugh heartily.

The East India Company: A History

This is the first short history of the East India Company from its founding in 1600 to its demise in 1857, designed for students and academics. The Company was central to the growth of the British Empire in India, to the development of overseas trade, and to the rise of shareholder capitalism, so this survey will be essential reading for imperial and economic historians and historians of Asia alike. It stresses the neglected early years of the Company, and its intimate relationship with and impact upon the domestic British scene.

Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology

With their hard edged, street wise prose, they created frighteningly probable futures of high tech societies and low life hustlers. Fans and critics call their world cyberpunk. Here is the definitive ‘cyberpunk’ short fiction collection. HC: Arbor House.

The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: The 50th Anniversary Anthology

Since its founding, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction has been acclaimed as one of the pinnacles of the field, the source of fantastic fiction of the highest literary quality. Now the magazine known to its readers as ‘F&SF’ celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with a spectacular anthology of the best recent work from the magazine. Included are stories from major writers like Bruce Sterling, John Crowley, and Harlan Ellison. Also here are award winners like Ursula K. Le Guin’s Nebula winning ‘Solitude,’ Maureen F. McHugh’s Hugo winning ‘The Lincoln Train,’ and Elizabeth Hand’s Nebula and World Fantasy Award winning ‘Last Summer at Mars Hill.’The fiftieth anniversary collection for the most distinguished magazine of the science fiction and fantasy world. Contributors include:Dale BaileyTerry BissonMichael BlumleinRay BradburyJohn CrowleyBradley DentonPaul Di FilippoS.N. DyerHarlan EllisonEsther M. FriesnerElizabeth HandTanith LeeUrsula K. Le GuinMaureen F. McHughRachel PollackRobert ReedBruce Holland RogersBruce SterlingRay VukcevichKate WilhelmGene Wolfe


China Mi ville, Michael Moorcock, Paul Di Filippo, and Geoff Ryman: These award winners are on any list of the most inventive, popular, and critically acclaimed talents writing in the realms of fantasy and science fiction today. Their four original creations for this collection range from surreal visions of the infinite to high tech nightmare; from apocalyptic ruins stalked by heroes and vampires to a near future where the aged terrorize the young.

The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Twentieth Annual Collection

For twenty years this award winning compilation has been the nonpareil benchmark against which all other annual fantasy and horror collections are judged. Directed first by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling and for the past four years by Datlow and Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant, it consistently presents the strangest, the funniest, the darkest, the sharpest, the most original in short, the best fantasy and horror. The current collection, marking a score of years, offers more than forty stories and poems from almost as many sources. Summations of the field by the editors are complemented by articles by Edward Bryant, Charles de Lint and Jeff VanderMeer highlighting the best of the fantastic in, respectively, media, music and comics as well as honorable mentions notable works that didn t quite make the cut but are nonetheless worthy of attention. The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: 20th Annual Collection is a cornucopia of fantastic delights, an unparalleled resource and indispensable reference that captures the unique excitement and beauty of the fantastic in all its gloriously diverse forms, from the lightest fantasy to the darkest horror.

Last Drink Bird Head

Last Drink Bird Head is a variation on a surrealist writing game: we gave the phrase to over 70 writers and asked them Who or what is Last Drink Bird Head? The results run the gamut from the hilarious to the terrifying, with each writer bringing their signature style and voice to the enterprise. All proceeds on Last Drink go to ProLiteracy. org. WHAT IS PROLITERACY? Help promote worldwide literacy through the ProLiteracy organization. ProLiteracy champions the power of literacy to improve the lives of adults and their families, communities, and societies. We envision a world in which everyone can read, write, compute, and use technology to lead healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives. For more information, visit ProLiteracy. org. Contributors: Daniel Abraham, Michael Arnzen, Steve Aylett, KJ Bishop, Michael Bishop, Desirina Boskovich, Keith Brooke, Jesse Bullington, Richard Butner, Catherine Cheek, Matthew Cheney, Michael Cisco, Gio Clairval, Alan M. Clark, Brendan Connell, Paul Di Filippo, Stephen R. Donaldson, Rikki Ducornet, Clare Dudman, Hal Duncan, Scott Eagle, Brian Evenson, Eliot Fintushel, Jeffrey Ford, Richard Gehr, Felix Gilman, Jon Courtney Grimwood, Rhys Hughes, Paul Jessup, Antony Johnston, John Kaiine, Henry Kaiser, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Tessa Kum, Ellen Kushner, Jay Lake, Tanith Lee, Stina Leicht, Therese Littleton, Beth Adele Long, Dustin Long, Nick Mamatas, JM McDermott, Sarah Monette, Kari OConnor, Ben Peek, Holly Phillips, Louis Phillips, Tim Pratt, Cat Rambo, Mark Rich, Bruce Holland Rogers, Nicholas Royle, G Eric Schaller, Ekaterina Sedia, Ramsey Shehadeh, Peter Straub, Victoria Strauss, Michael Swanwick, Mark Swartz, Alan Swirsky, Rachel Swirsky, Sonya Taaffe, Justin Taylor, Steve Rasnic Tem, Jeffrey Thomas, Scott Thomas, John Urbancik, Genevieve Valentine, Kim Westwood, Leslie What, Andrew Steiger White, Conrad Williams, Liz Williams, Neil Williamson, Caleb Wilson, Gene Wolfe, Jonathan Wood, Marly Youmans, and Catherine Zeidler

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