Chronological list of Paul's Collections

Harsh Oases cover artPS Publishing

December 2009

signed, limited edition hardcover 1-90583-434-9


April 2013

Digital edition from e-reads





Harsh Oases is the author’s thirteenth collection of short fiction, but he chooses to regard that number as a lucky one, since this volume assembles some of his newest, most well-received personal favorites along with some of his older work either little reprinted or never before available.

In the first category is ‘Femaville 29,’ a much-lauded fantastical tale of love and salvation among the ruins of America’s Eastern Seaboard. ‘The Singularity Needs Women!’ pits human against posthuman over a woman’s love. In ‘Shipbreaker,’ a common laborer in an interstellar salvage yard finds his destiny altered forever by a strange pet. And in ‘Escape from New Austin,’ a young girl leaves her liberal home seeking the conservative dream.

Two stories appear here for the first time: ‘Aurorae’ and ‘A Game of Go.’ Both are set in the cyberpunk future of the author’s seminal ‘Kid Charlemagne.’ Two short, sharp satires, ‘Bad Beliefs’ and ‘Leakage,’ resurface from their initial publication in the alternative press.

The title story, ‘Harsh Oases,’ is the first addition to the Ribofunk canon since the publication of that pivotal collection in 1996. Nearly a compressed novel, it spans many strange milieus in the bio-engineered future of that series. On two radically different notes, ‘Pinocchia’ chronicles the erotic adventures of a sexy android, while ‘Personal Jesus’ and ‘Lignum Vitae’ address, with varying degrees of solemnity, the topic of religion. A collaboration with gonzo creator Rudy Rucker explores levels of quantum weirdness that underlie our familiar world. Finally, some flash fiction packs a few startling SF conceits into bite-sized stories. Running the wide gamut of DiFilippo’s myriad concerns and styles, this collection extends and solidifies his reputation as one of the finest short-story writers working today.

Plumage from Pegasus cover artCosmos Books

August 2006

Hardcover 0-80955-609-X

Softcover 0-80955-610-3

Buy it at Wildside Press






What happens when the tools and themes of science fiction are applied to the genre of science fiction itself-and to publishing in general?

Surprisingly, the result is not a black hole of dreary self-referentiality but a supernova of literary comedy, in the manner of classicists such as S. J. Perelman, Stephen Leacock and Robert Benchley, and postmodernists such as Mark Leyner, Will Self and Steve Aylett.

In this collection of short, sharp, satirical gems, Paul Di Filippo — noted for his own fiction and criticism, which gives him an insider’s perspective — turns a keen eye on the foibles, fallacies, fads and failures of science fiction the industry, mining comedic gold from the gaffes, pomposities and pretensions of authors, publicists, reviewers, publishers, editors, fans, librarians and bookstore owners.

Using their own words as springboards in many cases, he extrapolates wildly, in the classic manner of the best Galaxy magazine stories, to give us such improbable but inevitable scenarios as literary hit men, self-blinded authors, agents as personal servants and a Victorian internet.

Although these japes abound with in-jokes, nothing more is required to enjoy them than a basic familiarity with science fiction, an empathy for the human condition, and a willingness to laugh heartily.