‘Fabulous Harbours’

Fabulous Harbours

London:  Millennium, 1995 (August 21st) hardcover and simultaneous trade-sized paperback;
sub-titled “A Sequel To Blood” on title page;
original prices:  £15·99 (h/c), £8·99 (p/b);
x + 192 pages;
I.S.B.N.s:  1-85798-408-0 (h/c) & 1-85798-409-9 (p/b);
cover artist:  Gustave Moreau (
Dead Poet Borne By Centaur).

Fabulous Harbours, a collection of linked short fiction see below is the second volume in a trilogy, collectively ‘The War Amongst The Angels’ (sometimes referred to as the “Second Ether” trilogy); it was collected in The War Amongst The Angels (omnibus, 2014) with Blood: A Southern Fantasy and The War Amongst The Angels.

(Preceded by Blood: A Southern Fantasy)

First edition hardcover
(+ book-club ed.)

First American edition:  New York: Avon hardcover, 1997 (February);
as Fabulous Harbors (no sub-title);
original price:  $24·00;
x + 228 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-380-97475-4;
cover artist:  Bill Binger.

Avon trade-paperback ed., 0-380-79543-4, 1997 (December), $12·00.
Trade paperback (simultaneous 1st ed., not to scale).

London: Orion mass-sized paperback, 1996 (August 5th);
original price:  £5·99;
228 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  1-85798-312-2.

Contents (first editions):-
p. i: Title page;
p. ii: Copyright page;
p. iii: Dedication page;
p. v: ‘Soli Cantare In Periti Arcades’ (poem) by Michael Moorcock (as by “Ernest Wheldrake”);
p. vii: Acknowledgements page;
p. ix: Contents page;
p. 1:  ‘Introduction’;
p. 3: ‘The Retirement Of Jack Karaquazian’ (first appearance);
p. 5: ‘The White Pirate’;
p. 37: ‘Some Fragments Found In The Effects Of Mr Sam Oakenhurst’ (first appearance);
p. 41: ‘The Black Blade’s Summoning’;
p. 67: ‘Lunching With The Antichrist’;
p. 99: ‘The Affair Of The Seven Virgins’;
p. 125: ‘The Girl Who Killed Sylvia Blade’;
p. 139: ‘Crimson Eyes’;
p. 151: ‘No Ordinary Christian’;
p. 171: ‘The Enigma Windows’;
p. 183: ‘Epilogue: The Birds Of The Moon’.

N.B. Each story (bar the last) includes a unique linking piece between it and the next; also, despite the sub-title (A Sequel To Blood), the book’s Introduction states that it “is, the reader will see immediately, no direct sequel to the events in Blood, though it refers to the same characters and concerns”.

(Followed by The War Amongst The Angels)

Fabulous Harbours is available as an audiobook (download), narrated by Chet Williamson; also as an e-book: 9780575092754.