Doorways

Doorways

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Author: Douglas Smith
Length: 75 page(s)
Language: English
Written: Oct 2011
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Category: Fiction & Literature » Science Fiction  |  Work: Erzählung
Keywords: award finalist, novelette, puzzle, revenge, science fiction

The House offered fame, riches, and glory...if it didn't kill them first.

Aurora Award Finalist.

Dr. Lucius Rainer, head of research at GenTech, is dead. But to Jack, it seems that his old mentor still lives on through his house. Certainly, Rainer’s strange island retreat exudes the personality of its late owner: isolated and eccentric, brooding and uninviting. But when GenTech learns that the house holds a working model of Rainer’s final project, Jack discovers that the house shares one other trait with its former owner.

Dangerous.

The house will open only to Jack’s biometrics, and will only allow two very specific people to accompany him: Wendy, Jack’s now ex-wife, and Deak Sanderson, Wendy’s new lover and Jack’s former rival at GenTech. As the three of them explore the house and its secrets, Jack discovers that some doors—in this house and in life—should never be opened.

Note: includes an afterword by the author and excerpts from many of his other stories

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“A couple months ago I was introduced to Douglas Smith by way of his collected short stories, Impossibilia. So I was looking forward to his story 'Doorways' and was not disappointed. ... This story has a cunningly satisfying conclusion. I find a good short story falls into two categories: There is the complete story, the novel miniaturised, which is a nearly perfect art form. These are hard to capture but constantly illustrated by such writers as Douglas Smith.” —SF Crowsnest Book Reviews

“…is based on an interesting concept … The puzzles [in the story] and the final invention that they hint at are intriguing … Smith ties [the story's] denouement’s metaphorical significance in well with the technological concept at the center of the plot.” —The Fix


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Douglas Smith is an award-winning Canadian author whose work has appeared in thirty countries and twenty-five languages. His fiction includes the urban fantasy novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, and the collections Chimerascope, Impossibilia, and La Danse des Esprits. His non-fiction guide for writers, Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction, has just been released.

Doug is a three-time winner of Canada's Aurora Award, and has been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, CBC's Bookies Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. A short film based on Doug's story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down" won several awards when it toured film festivals around the world.

His website is www.smithwriter.com and he tweets at twitter.com/smithwritr

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

"His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think." — Robert J. Sawyer, award-winning author

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

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