The Lion and the Aardvark: Aesop's Modern Fables

The Lion and the Aardvark: Aesop's Modern Fables

These confusing times of Internet trolls, one-percenters, toxic fame, and impending singularity cry out for clarity — the clarity found in Aesop’s 2,500 year old fables.

70 writers from across the creative spectrum bring their modern sensibilities to this classic format. Zombies, dog-men and robot wasps mingle with cats, coyotes and cockroaches. Parables ranging from the punchy to the evocative, the wry to the disturbing, explore eternal human foibles, as displaced onto lemmings, trout, and racing cars. But beware — in these terse explorations of desire, envy, and power, certitude isn’t always as clear as it looks.

Authors include:
Robert Jackson Bennett, Jason L. Blair, Jesse Bullington, Jim Demonakos, Ray Fawkes, Matt Forbeck, Ed Greenwood, Dave Gross, Taniah Hershman, Jonathan L. Howard, Stephen Graham Jones, John Kovalic, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Adam Marek, Sandy Petersen, JT Petty, Wena Poon, Richard Scarsbrook, Ekaterina Sedia, Greg Stafford, Chuck Wendig, Jim Zubkavich & more.

The Story of the Moral -- An Introduction by Robin D. Laws
Can't Learn New Tricks from an Old Dog -- Greg Stafford
The Amok -- Sandy Petersen
The Lion & the Aardvark -- Ekaterina Sedia
Cow & Dog -- Matt Forbeck
Shrew & Sloth -- Halli Villegas
The Beaver & the Trout -- Richard Scarsbrook
The Lemmings & the Sea -- Graeme Davis
The Little Meme That Could -- Emily Care Boss
Wasp & Snake -- Livia Llewellyn
The Cat & the Cell Phone -- Ann Ewan
The Wolf & Death -- Julia Bond Ellingboe
Mother Knows Best -- Steve Dempsey
The Very Rude Salmon -- Chris Lackey
The Toymaker -- Will Hindmarch
The Phone & the Fifteen-Year-Old -- Heather Wood
The Microbe Who Had Perspective -- Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan
The Songbird's Famous Tune -- Ray Fawkes
The Man Who Tried to Hide in a Crowd -- Jonathan L. Howard
The Ass & the Rain -- Robert Jackson Bennett
Two Cats on a Ledge -- Chad Fifer
Keeping Up With Jonesy -- Aaron Rosenberg
The Axolotl -- Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Loquacious Cadaver -- Kyla Ward
The Terrible Lizard -- Colin Beaver
The Unicorn at the Soiree -- Richard Dansky
The Dowager Rabbit & the Dead Account -- JT Petty
The Fox & the Quantum Physicist -- Jesse Bullington
A Real Princess -- Daniel Perry
The Cockroach & the Fly -- Dennis Detwiller
The Raccoon & the Cat -- Katarina Gligorijevic
The Dragon & the Mouse -- Ed Greenwood
The Brood, the Murder & The Tale of the Weasel Boyfriend -- Epidiah Ravachol
The Tiger the Dove -- Nadia Bulkin
The Backwards-Bent Badger & The Forward-Facing Frog -- Jim Zub
One For The Girls -- Sue Train
Shotaro & Haruka -- Wena Poon
The Scientist & the Zen Master -- Benj Tentt
The Stray Dogs Learn Their Lesson -- Nick Mamatas
The Three Zombies & the Crypt Keeper -- Peter Freeman
The Mouse & the Supermall -- Dave Gross
The Goat Who Wished to Go to Market -- Genevieve Valentine
The Minotaurs & the Signal Ghosts -- Peter M. Ball
The Rats & the Cockroaches -- Julie McArthur
Bored To Fu -- Monica Valentinelli
The Poison-Well -- Molly Tanzer
The Squirrel & the Pigeons -- Susannah Dainow
The Coyote & the High Density Feed Lot -- Greg Stolze
The Singer's New Story -- Rob Heinsoo
The Game of Death & Dragon -- Sarah Newton
The Man & the Fish -- Jim Demonakos
The Snake & its Skin -- Stephen Graham Jones
The Boy & his Imaginary Enemy -- Chuck Wendig
The Scientist & the Tiger -- Tania Hershman
The Clan of the Crazy Babies -- Ursula Pflug
Jackdaw & Doves -- Laura Lush
Great Grandmother & the Blessing of the Sea God -- Janqui Mehta
The Muskrat & the Deadline -- John Kovalic
Grandma's Dragon -- Adam Marek
Barking John -- Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

Title:The Lion and the Aardvark: Aesop's Modern Fables
Edition Language:English
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  • Joel Hacker

    Another solid anthology product from Stoneskin Press. If you haven't been reading of their collections, I strongly recommend you do so.This particular collection consists of modern retellings of a var...

  • Dave Versace

    A vast and eclectic collection of short stories updating Aesop's style for the information age. Talking foxes, weasels and carp use mobile phones, troll the internet and drive cars. Every cautionary f...

  • Jeff Waltersdorf

    An enjoyable collection of quick, punchy fables. Updated for modern times, with stories of zombies and internet trolls scattered among the typical anthropomorphic animals, generally relating a moral.E...

  • Rene

    not all stories were good. I liked most but some were pretty bad....

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