Volume 3, Twelve Planets
Cover design by Amanda Rainey
Electronic conversion by Charles Tan
Why are certain subjects so difﬁcult to talk about? What is justice? Why do writers think that other people’s lives are fair game? And what do we really know about the first chemist?
A story about history, women, science (and also the demonic); a crime story, based upon a true crime; a realist satire of the supposedly sex-savvy; and a story exploring lies, and the space between the real and the unreal. Welcome to the worlds of Lucy Sussex, and to her many varied modes.
Pay attention to this woman! Turn these pages! Here be monsters and mysteries and marvels. – Karen Joy Fowler
Table of Contents
- Introduction by Karen Joy Fowler
- Fountain of Justice
- The Story of O
- Thief of Lives
"Alchemy" nominated, Best Short Story Ditmar 2012
The four stories showcased here could not be more different, one from another, but collectively they constitute an excellent introduction to the talents of the incomparable Lucy Sussex. I can’t imagine the person who would read these and not want to read more. - Karen Joy Fowler
I loved her beautiful story about modern and ancient Babylon, “Alchemy” - Gwyneth Jones
Lucy Sussex reads from Thief of Lives at the Twelfth Planet Press Showcase, Melbourne Writer's Festival 2012:
Video by Terry Shepherd.
The four stories showcased here could not be more different, one from another, but collectively they constitute an excellent introduction to the talents of the incomparable Lucy Sussex. - Karen Joy Fowler