Tales of the Quintana Roo

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Tales of the Quintana Roo
Tales of the quintana roo.jpg
Dust-jacket illustration by Glennray Tutor for Tales of the Quintana Roo
Author James Tiptree, Jr.
Illustrator Glennray Tutor
Cover artist Glennray Tutor
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy short stories
Publisher Arkham House
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages x, 101 pp (unnumbered)
ISBN 0-87054-152-8
OCLC 12372417
813/.54 19
LC Class PS3570.I66 T3 1986

Tales of the Quintana Roo is a collection of fantasy stories by author James Tiptree, Jr.. It was released in 1986 and was the author's first book published by Arkham House. It was published in an edition of 3,673 copies. The stories originally appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and are set in the easternmost shore of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. In addition to winning the world fantasy award for best collection in 1987, each of the stories was nominated or won genre awards, and "What Came Ashore at Lirios" was included in the Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories.


Tales of the Quintana Roo contains the following stories:

  1. "A Note About the Mayas of the Quintana Roo"
  2. "What Came Ashore at Lirios" (published in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine as "Lirios: A Tale of the Quintana Roo")[1]
  3. "The Boy Who Waterskied to Forever"
  4. "Beyond the Dead Reef"


The collection and the stories contained therein were nominated for a number of genre awards:[2]

  • Tales of Quintano Roo (Winner of the World Fantasy Award for best collection, 1987)
  • "What Came Ashore at Lirios" (Nominated for a Nebula award, 1981)
  • "The Boy Who Waterskied to Forever" (Nominated for a Hugo award, 1982)
  • "Beyond the Dead Reef" (Winner of a Locus Award for best short story, 1983)


  1. ^ "ISFDB entry on What Came Ashore at Lirios". Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Locus Publications. "James Tiptree Jr. Award". Index of Literary Nominees. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 56. 
  • Jaffery, Sheldon (1989). The Arkham House Companion. Mercer Island, WA: Starmont House, Inc. p. 138. ISBN 1-55742-005-X. 
  • Joshi, S.T. (1999). Sixty Years of Arkham House: A History and Bibliography. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House. p. 154. ISBN 0-87054-176-5. 
  • Nielsen, Leon (2004). Arkham House Books: A Collector's Guide. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 132. ISBN 0-7864-1785-4. 

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