Puck Aleshire's Abecedary

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Puck Aleshire’s Abecedary (2000)[1] by Michael Swanwick, a collection of short-short stories (one for each letter of the alphabet), initially ran in The New York Review of Science Fiction at a rate of one per month for 26 months starting with Issue 111, November 1997.[2] Each story was accompanied by a collage illustration by the journal's editor Kathryn Cramer.[3] Dragon Press collected these stories in a single volume entitled Puck Aleshire’s Abecedary.[4]

There were two editions, a carefully handbound edition produced for Dragon Press by Henry Wessels with linen cloth spine with handmade paper-covered boards and endpapers with deckled edge and a trade paperback edition printed by Odyssey Press in New Hampshire.

Cover art, interior illustration, and book design of both editions are by Kathryn Cramer. Swanwick published a subsequent volume of short-shorts, which initially appeared on the website The Infinite Matrix and were collected as The Periodic Table of Science Fiction.

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