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Edited by Terri Windling and Mark Alan Arnold

The Borderlands: where humans and highborn Elves mix, on the streets of an American city transformed by the reappearance of the Border between Faerie and the human world.

Where neither elvin magic nor human machines reliably work, and ingenious improvisation is a way of life.

Where runaway teens seek otherworldly magic, and runaway else crave movies, motorcycles, and mirrorshades.

Where, in Soho, gangs clash, attitudes flash, music clubs shake, and on the dangerous streets the young of two worlds find a new way of life...

The Borderlands. Where magic meets rock & roll.

Edited by Terri Windling and Mark Alan Arnold

Bordertown. Once a normal American city, now a brilliantly dangerous nexus between the World and returned Elfland. From the banks of the addictive Mad River to the all-night clubs where young elves and humans fight and play... all the way up to glittering Dragon's Tooth Hill, where high society tries to seal itself away from the streets, this is no city to be trifled with.

Bordertown. A place of half-lit neighborhoods of hidden magic, of flamboyant artists and pagan motorcycle hangs. A hothouse laboratory for the return of magic to the life of the World—and the return of life to magic. The city you always knew was there, towards the lights in the distance, beyond the everyday shadows.

Bordertown. It's an attitude and a state of mind. It's elvin light and human sweat. It will never let you go.

Bordertown. Where magic meets rock & roll.

Life On The Border
Edited by Terri Windling

Dateline BORDERTOWN (Global News Service)—Like the runaways of so many previous generations, the youngsters who flock to Bordertown are lured by the glamour of the place. Much of this glamour is associated with the exotic segment of the local population whose origins lie on the other side of the Border. Tall, pale, with distinctive silver-white hair, they call themselves 'Truebloods.' Everyone else calls them elves.

A complex mercantile city with a rough frontier edge, Bordertown has dealt with its human and Elven runaway youth by giving them an entire section of the old city. Called Soho, it is policed by gangs of teenagers—some of whom promote interspecies hatred, some of whom fight for their own streetwise brand of tolerance and understanding.

What's startling about Soho is that in spite of gang violence and destitution, there's hope here as well as despair. The youth of Bordertown have their own street culture, music scene and unique attitude... full of energy and life and, yes, a bit of magic. Life on the Border isn't for the starry-eyed or the faint of heart—but for these kids, survival has become an art of its own.

The Essential Bordertown
Edited by Terri Windling and Delia Sherman

Original tales of the Border from Charles de Lint, Steven Brust, Patricia A. McKillip, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, Caroline Stevermer, and others.

Welcome to Bordertown
Edited by Holly Black & Ellen Kushner

Bordertown: a city on the border between our human world and the elfin realm. Runaway teens come from both sides of the border to find adventure, to find themselves. Elves play in rock bands and race down the street on spell-powered motorbikes. Human kids recreate themselves in the squats and clubs and artists' studios of Soho. Terri Windling's original Bordertown series was the forerunner of today's urban fantasy, introducing authors that included Charles de Lint, Will Shetterly, Emma Bull, and Ellen Kushner. In this volume of all-new work (including a 15-page graphic story), the original writers are now joined by the generation that grew up dreaming of Bordertown, including acclaimed authors Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M. Valente, and many more. They all meet here on the streets of Bordertown in more than twenty new interconnected songs, poems, and stories.

Double Feature
by Emma Bull and Will Shetterly

Double Feature is a collection of thirteen pieces of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by Boskone 31's Guests of Honor, Emma Bull and Will Shetterly. Among the works assembled here are a set of six individually-authored short stories for their own shared world, Liavek, as well as their collaboratively written novelette, "Danceland Blood," which is set in the Borderlands shared world.

Included are three additional works by Emma Bull: "A Bird That Whistles," a touching prequel to her novel War for the Oaks, and two fine essays on the writer's craft: "Why I Write Fantasy" and "Wonders of the Invisible World: How I Came to Write War for the Oaks."

This anthology also contains two additional works by Will Shetterly: "Captured Moments," his first science fiction short story, and "Time Travel, the Artifact, and a Famous Historical Personage," a horror story.

The introduction is by Boskone 31 guests Patrick Nielsen Hayden, a professional editor, and Teresa Nielsen Hayden, the author of Making Book. The book also contains brief biographies of Emma Bull and Will Shetterly, including a list of their published work.

Double Feature was first published in a limited hardcover edition of 1000 copies, of which the 10 lettered and the first 175 numbered are autographed and slipcased, and the remaining are numbered. The full-color wrap-around dustjacket art is by Nicholas Jainschigg, Boskone 31's Official Artist and winner of the 1993 Gaughan Award. The trade papaerback edition was published in 1999. The frontispiece is by Merle Insinga, a five-time Hugo Award nominee.

by Will Shetterly

Bordertown: the city on the edge, halfway between Faerie and the everyday World. Where either magic nor science can be counted on to work, where the streets are alive with music and art—and where humans and Trueblood elves clash over turf, with halfies caught in the middle.

Like all the other runaways from the World and Faerie alike, Ron came to Bordertown in search of magic, of meaning. What he found was love and fear instead. From the rough splendor and mixed habitues of bohemian Castle Pup, to the banks of the Mad River where addicts drown their minds in the dark water's terrible visions, Ron must make his way through battles greater —and graver—than he ever imagined possible.

The answer he seeks may be found on the shelves of Elsewhere, the strangest bookstore in two worlds. And then again, they may only come from inside himself.

by Will Shetterly

In this sequel to Elsewhere, winner of the Minnesota Book Award, Will Shetterly continues the adventures of Wolfboy. Ron's quest to break the curse that has turned him into a werewolf; but there's a more dangerous game than that being played on the Border. The True Prince of Elfland is missing, fled across the Border and into Bordertown. Many are those who would find this Prince, some to guard the power of Faerie, and some to take possession of it.

Ron is about to get caught in the crossfire—and he may just decide that being a werewolf isn't so bad after all... when you consider the alternatives.

by Emma Bull

Welcome to Bordertown. A hybrid community of misfits, oddballs and runaways. Where humans, elves and halflings co-exist. Where magic and the brutal realities of survival clash and mix. For Orient and Tick-Tick, it's just home.

Death and dark magic hang over the city. A seductive new drug lures young runaways to their destruction. A mysterious plague spreads through the streets. And beneath the clock tower on High Street, Bonnie Prince Charlie lies slain by an unseen hand.

The keys to the puzzle like in the hands of Orient, the Finder, a young man with a gift for discovering lost objects. Becked up by a tough lady cop who's gotten further under his skin than he'd like to admit, Orient embarks on an odyssey through the darkest corners of the perilous urban labyrinth in order to save those he loves from destruction.

The Last Hot Time
by John M. Ford

When Danny Holman leaves the cornfields of Iowa for the bright lights of Chicago, he expects his life to change. He just can't guess how much and how fast. A violent incident on the road brings Danny the favor of a man known only as Mr. Patrise, who gives Danny a job, a home, and a new identity.

The City is a different world from the one Danny--now called Doc--knew, and literally so. Long-vanished powers have returned, and more is going on in the streets than nightlife and street warfare. Power is gathering: a power rooted in terror, madness, and death. To fight it will require Doc to face what he fears most. To defeat it will take something more than courage.

[NOTE: while The Last Hot Time is not a canonical Borderlands novel, it does however feature characters and locales from Emma Bull & Will Shetterly's Bordertown stories and novels, and is, for the purposes of this website, considered a related work of the Borderlands shared universe.]

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