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Sunburst Award Finalist | Aurora Award Finalist | CBC's Bookies Award Finalist

"Showcases the inventive mind and immense storytelling talent of one of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction." --Library Journal

Chimerascope [ki-meer-uh-skohp] — a story of many parts...

A young artist hungers to draw you.
A dinner conversation takes three lifetimes to finish.
A geologist faces a planet-sized, eons-old puzzle to save her crew.
The hero of the Fall of Earth must choose between love and revenge.
A mysterious dancer leads a businessman to a most exclusive nightclub.
A man is born each day into a new life—only to die each night.
A sentient aurora threatens the last of humanity.
A Norse god’s bar in Toronto hosts an unplanned family reunion.
A woman descends into insanity—or is it the end of the world?
A house as big as the world.

Chimerascope is Doug's first full collection of short fiction, containing sixteen of his best stories, including an award winner, a Best New Horror selection, and eight award finalists. Sixteen stories of fantasy and science fiction that take you from love in fourteenth-century Japan to humanity’s last stand, from virtual reality to the end of reality, from alien drug addictions to a dinner where a man loses everything.


"A massively enjoyable trek ... all filtered through Smith's remarkable imagination and prodigious talent. ... Smith's writing, evocative yet understated, gracefully brings to life his imagined realms." --Quill and Quire, *Starred Review*

"A beautifully diverse selection of short tales that runs the full spectrum of the speculative genres. The tales are well-crafted, easily digestible; several of the stories are incredibly moving and stick with the reader long after." --2011 Sunburst Award jury

"A gifted writer ... Smith paints his worlds so well that you are transported within a paragraph or two and remain in transit until the short story ends." --Broken Pencil Magazine

"An entertaining selection of stories that deftly span multiple genres" --Publishers Weekly
"An engaging and entertaining volume, pieces of whose content resonate after the book is finished." --Booklist

"Douglas Smith is an extraordinary author whom every lover of quality speculative fiction should read. Rating: A+" --Fantasy Book Critic

"Speaks volumes of his range and future potential. ... Smith is definitely an author who deserves to be more widely read." --Strange Horizons

"A superb collection... a collection you'll want to own and re-read. ... It's a complex mix: one of the many reasons this collection succeeds so powerfully." --Ideomancer Magazine

"An absolutely stunning short story collection ... one of the best I've ever read." --Corey Redekop, award-winning author


"Doug Smith is, quite simply, the finest short-story writer Canada has ever produced in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and he's also the most prolific. His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think." --Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author

"One of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction." --Library Journal

"A great storyteller with a gifted and individual voice." --Charles de Lint, award winning author

Douglas Smith is an award-winning Canadian author of speculative fiction, with over a hundred short story publications in thirty countries and twenty-five languages.

His collections include Chimerascope (2010) and Impossibilia (2008), as well as the translated fantasy collection, La Danse des Esprits (France, 2011). His first novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, will be released in 2013.

Doug has twice won Canada's Aurora Award, and has been a finalist for the international John W. Campbell Award, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Bookies Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane.

A multi-award winning film based on Doug's story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down" will be released on DVD this year, and other films based on his stories are in the works. Doug's website is and he tweets at

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    A Pleasant Surprise

    Despite the number of awards he has won and how prolific he is, I had never heard of Smith until I came across this collection in a Kobo sale. I'm generally not a fan of the short story genre. To be sure, there are many superb writers who enrich the format greatly. But far too often, under unskilled hands, the reader is left wanting. Too much is left unexplained, the worlds within are too shallow, the characters too limited and unrealized to be understood. I took a big chance on an unfamiliar author in a challenging format and walked away very satisfied. There is a broad range of subject matter from the supernatural to horror, dystopianism and future colonialism. A rich undercurrent or unifying theme to this collection is love. How it saves us, binds us, teaches us to forgive. Many of these stories are dark but the reader is not left without hope. The worlds within these stories are richly built and the inhabitants within them blend seamlessly into their environments - they are indeed creatures who would live there. I highly recommend this read and will visit this author again.

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    Overall enjoyed reading the stories. Really well written & descriptive.


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