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Edited by
Lawrence M. Schoen
and Michael Livingston

Our first book, released at Balticon 41, is Prime Codex, an anthology showcasing the Codex Writers Group, a vibrant community of "neo-pro" writers of speculative fiction: writers on the hungry edge of their careers. They include Writers of the Future winners, veterans of prestigious writing workshops, and authors of critically acclaimed publications at all levels of the literary marketplace, from novels to flash fiction.

Prime Codex highlights the new directions in fiction that the Codex Writers Group has collectively begun to forge. Gathering stories from a cross-section of the group's production, the anthology reveals just how diverse and influential the next generation of speculative fiction will be.

You're going to want to read this book. And that's the truth.

"Prime Codex is full of the best kind of surprises: great stories from authors you're just beginning to hear from. This anthology can stand next to any 'Best of' in the field. Full of fresh thinking, innovative writing, and outbreaks of staggering beauty, Prime Codex should be at the top of your to-be-read pile."

— Jay Lake, Winner of the 2004 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer


Prime Codex. 216 pages. Available in 1 format:

Trade Paperback.
US$14.00 + S&H.

ISBN: 978-0-9795349-0-4.

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  • David Ho, "The Way" (cover art)
  • Luc Reid, "Introduction"
  1. James Maxey, "To The East, A Bright Star"
    from Asimov's (December 2005)
  2. Cat Rambo, "Ticktock Girl"
    — from CyberAge Adventures (September 2005)
  3. Ken Scholes, "The Man With Great Despair Behind His Eyes"
    — from Talebones (Winter 2005)
  4. Geoffrey Girard, "Wizards' Encore"
    — from Beyond Centauri (April 2005)
  5. Elaine Isaak, "The Disenchantment of Kivron Ox-master"
    — from The Worlds of Fantasy (2001)
  6. Jim C. Hines, "Sister of the Hedge"
    — from Realms of Fantasy (June 2006)
  7. Mary Robinette Kowal, "Rampion"
    — from The First Line (Spring 2005)
  8. Eric James Stone, "Salt of Judas"
    — from Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show (March 2006)
  9. E. Catherine Tobler, "Button by Button"
    — from Would That It Were (April/June 2001)
  10. Matthew S. Rotundo, "Black Boxes"
    — from Absolute Magnitude (Spring 2001)
  11. Tobias Buckell, "Tides"
    — from Ideomancer Unbound (December 2002)
  12. Tom Pendergrass, "Urban Renewal"
    — from Shimmer (Summer 2006)
  13. Mike Shultz, "As the Stars of the Sky"
    — from Leading Edge (April 2004)
  14. Ruth Nestvold, "Rainmakers"
    — from Asimov's (June 2005)
  15. David W. Goldman, "Radical Acceptance"
    — from Analog (January/February 2007)

Book design and layout by Mary Robinette Kowal.

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Prime Codex Cover