Five original short stories inspired by the same John Jude Palencar painting.
From David Hartwell's introduction:
One day I was walking down the hall past the Tor Books art department and noticed, not for the first time, a fine painting by John Jude Palencar in the hallway. On that day, my curiosity got the better of me and I asked Irene Gallo what it was to be used for, or if it had been used and I had missed it.
She said that in fact it was unassigned, and she needed to find a book for which it would be appropriate.
And without missing a step I said, "I could commission stories based on it. . . . Personally, I am delighted with the results."
“New World Blues” by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
“Dormanna” by Gene Wolfe
“Thanatos Beach” by James Morrow
“The Woman Who Shook the World-Tree” by Michael Swanwick
“The Sigma Structure Symphony” by Gregory Benford
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