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January 13 , 2009

The Tale of the Golden Eagle


Legends begin at the nexus of love and and pain and truth. Nerissa Zeebnen-Feersig is an awesome creation to behold: a mechanical, platinum-skinned beauty with a gift for telling stories. Denali Eu is a rogue and a gambler with a dangerous secret. Each takes an incredible journey, and together they give birth to a passionate, impossible story. Nominated for the Hugo and Sturgeon Awards, “The Tale of the Golden Eagle” has been translated into five languages and appeared in Science Fiction: The Best of 2003.

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“The Tale of the Golden Eagle,” a short story, is also available as part of Space Magic, an award-winning collection of science fiction and fantasy stories by David D. Levine.

Praise for The Tale of the Golden Eagle:

“Best of all is promising new writer David D. Levine’s ‘The Tale of the Golden Eagle,’ about a brain encased in a spaceship that becomes a derelict, and the man who discovers and frees this brain far in the future. … Recommended.” —Rich Horton, Locus

“The very promising David D. Levine channels Cordwainer Smith in ‘The Tale of the Golden Eagle,’ a brilliant confection of starships and lunatic gambling, outré exoticism and heartfelt romance … Recommended.” —Nick Gevers, Locus

“If the year in books was good, the year in short fiction was astounding…. My favorite short story of the year was David D. Levine’s graceful homage to Cordwainer Smith, ‘The Tale of the Golden Eagle’….” —Jonathan Strahan, Locus

“…science fiction with the touch and feel of fantasy, and also a delightful story.” —Nancy Jane Moore, Tangent Online

“…’The Tale of the Golden Eagle’ has that lyrical feel, of a story told many times over the millenia…. A strong story, which suggests a bright future for Levine.” —Mark Watson, Best SF

“Out of all the stories [in this issue], ‘The Tale of the Golden Eagle’ is the only one I’d consider a must read.” —Steve Lazarowitz, SF Site

“These days, myth-making tends to be left to the hands of the fantasy writers, while the tropes of science fiction are used to other ends…. But Levine, like Cordwainer Smith before him, weaves old ideas… into [a] new myth, a myth of the future, a haunting story of man, machine, and sacrifice.” —bluejack

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