Authored by Dave Hoing, Roger Hileman
Welcome to Arra, a harsh yet strangely beautiful world. From a frozen northern outpost to a tropical rainforest, from marshy hinterlands to volcanic
islands, from great cities to architectural ruins, Voices of Arra depicts people, ordinary and extraordinary, who tell their stories in their own words: A girl forced into a life of poverty and degradation finds hope in the unlikeliest of places; a teenager on the cusp of a terrible disease races to complete one final task; another must choose between his culture and his own individuality; a beautiful courtesan who sides with the enemy learns the price of treachery; a spiritual man must give up his heart's desire to discover his soul's inspiration; while investigating an apparent suicide, a woman finds herself at the center of a government conspiracy; a dying man makes a deal with a fabled healer who is wrestling with his own demons ... and more. The tales examine emotions, intrigue, and the consequences of choice. Stripped of most of the usual trappings of the fantasy genre, they are by turns graphic, lyrical, vulgar, and philosophical, but always realistic and intensely human.
About the author:
Roger Hileman and Dave Hoing are co-authors of the historical novel Hammon Falls. Roger, left, lives with his wife Lu in Iowa City, Iowa, and Dave, right, lives with his wife Joni in Waterloo, Iowa. Although most of the stories in this collection are quite serious, the authors themselves rarely are. They collaborate almost exclusively via email, as they have a tendency to act silly when they get together in person. In 2005 they skipped a day of the World Fantasy Convention in Madison, Wisconsin, because they were hungry. They drove the nine-hour round trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to eat a chicken dinner cooked by Dave's sisters Cindy and Patti-singing theme songs from 1960s TV shows the entire way. True, they missed mingling with a lot of famous writers at the convention, and they didn't get any work of their own done, but in their defense, it was really good chicken.
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