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สมเถา สุจริตกุล  |  S. P. Somtow

Legal name: สมเถา สุจริตกุล

Transliterated name: Sucharitkul, Somtow Papinian

Birth place: Bangkok, Thailand

Birth date: 30 December 1952

Language: English

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Bibliographic comments: Canonical name, some titles also as by Somtow Sucharitkul.

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Novels

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Starship & Haiku

1981

Library edition: September 1981, 1st edition

Timescape / Pocket Books

ISBN 0-671-83601-3

Paperback, 207 pages

$2.50

Notes:

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Collections

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Fire from the Wine Dark Sea

1983

Library edition: September 1983, 1st edition

Starblaze / The Donning Company

ISBN 0-89865-252-9

Trade paperback, 301 pages

$6.50

Notes:

  •  Afterword 'In Defense of Ozymandias' by Somtow Sucharitkul.

Fiction: Fire from the Wine-Dark Sea  //  The Thirteenth Utopia  //  A Child of Earth and Starry Heaven  //  Kith of Infinity  

//  Sunsteps  //  Aquila the God  // Comets and Kings  //  Angel's Wings  //  Messenger  //  Meeting in Milan Cathedral  //  

On an Unfinished Pieta of Michelangelo  //  Dear Caressa or This Towering Torment  //  Absent Thee from Felicity

Awhile…  //  The What March?  //  The Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine March  //  Darktouch  //  Coaster Time  

//  The Four Dragons and the Dying King  //  The Last Line of the Haiku

Interviews:

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Fiddling for Waterbuffaloes

1992

Library edition: February 1992, 1st edition

Pulphouse Printing

ISBN 1-56146-547-X

Paperback, 44 pages

$1.95

Notes:

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I Wake from a Dream of a Drowned Star City

1992

Library edition: May 1992, 1st edition

Axolotl Press

No ISBN

Trade paperback, 95 pages

No cover price

Notes:

  •  Library copy signed by the author in orange marker on the 2nd title page.

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Utopia Hunters

1984

Library edition: April 2019, 1st PoD edition

Diplodocus Press

ISBN 978-1-940999-46-3

Paperback, 388 pages

$19.99

Notes:

  •  'Inquestor' series #3.

  •  Introductions 'Revisiting the Curse: Author's Introduction to the 2019 Edition' and 'The Curse of the Inquestors:

     Author's Introduction to the 2013 Edition' by S. P. Somtow.

Fiction: The Book of Children's Dreams  //  The Story of the Rainbow King  //  The Book of Shapers and Visionaries  //  

The Story of the Dust-Sculptress  //  The Story of the Web Dancer  //  The Book of Rememberers and Warriors  //  

The Rememberer's Story  //  The Comet's Story  //  The Book of Three Young Inquestors  //  The Myth of Mother Vara  

//  The Myth of the Windbringers  //  The Story of Young Arryk  //  The Book of the Darkweaver

Essay: Frequently Asked Questions About the Inquestral Highspeech

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The Crow: Temple of Night

1999

Library edition: December 1999, 1st edition

HarperEntertainment

ISBN 0-06-107348-2

Trade paperback, 224 pages

$13.00 / C$19.95

Notes:

  •  Movie tie-in novel, set in Bangkok, Thailand.

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The Other City of Angels

2007

Library edition: 2007, 1st edition

Diplodocus Press

ISBN 978-0-9800149-0-7

Trade paperback, 330 pages

฿395 / $17.00 / £9.00

Notes:

  •  Originally written as a series for Thailand's English-language newspaper The Nation, under the title Bluebeard's

     Castle.

Dragon's Fin Soup

1998

Library edition: 2002 1st Thailand edition

Asia Books

ISBN 974-8383-58-6

Trade paperback, 208 pages

no cover price

Notes:

Fiction: In the House of the Spirits  //  Dragon's Fin Soup  //  Lottery Night   //  The Steel American  //  Chui Chai  //  The

Bird Catcher   //  Diamonds Aren't Forever  //  Fiddling for Waterbuffaloes  //  The Last Time I Died in Venice  //  Glossary

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The Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate Mallworld

2013

Library edition: 2018 edition

Diplodocus Press

ISBN 978-1-940999-31-9

PDF, 162 pages

no cover price

Notes:

  •  Introduction 'Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate' by S.P. Somtow.

  •  Illustrations by Karl Kofoed.

Fiction: Prologue  //  A Day in Mallworld  //  Sing a Song of Mallworld  //  The Vampire of Mallworld  //  Rabid in

Mallworld  //  Mallworld Graffiti  //  The Dark Side of Mallworld  //  The Jaws of Mallworld  //  A Mall and the Gneiss

Visitors  //  Bug-Eyed in Mallworld  //  Epilogue

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Tagging the Moon: Fairy Tales from L.A.

2000

Library edition: April 2000, 1st edition

Night Shade Books

ISBN 1-892389-06-1

Trade paperback, 277 pages

$25.00

Notes:

Fiction: Gingerbread   //  The Ugliest Duckling  //  A Thief in the Night  //  The Hero's Celluloid Journey  //  Dr. Rumpole  

//  The Sleeping Ice Princess  //  Though I Walk Through the Valley  //  Mr. Death's Blue-Eyed Boy  //  A Hummingbird

Among Angels  //  Tagging the Moon  //  The Other City of Angels: A Note from the Author

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The Pavilion of Frozen Women

1996

Library edition: 1996, 1st edition

Gollancz

ISBN 0-575-06120-0

Hardcover, 272 pages

£16.99

Notes:

Fiction: The Pavilion of Frozen Women  //  Fish Are Jumping, and the Cotton Is High  //  Fire from the Wine-Dark Sea  

//  Chui-Chai  //  Though I Walk Through the Valley  //  Hunting the Lion  //  Mr. Death's Blue-Eyed Boy  //  The Steel

American  //  Gingerbread  //  Darker Angels

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Other Edens

2005

Library edition: October 2010

Diplodocus Press

No ISBN

mobi

no cover price

Notes:

  •  Foreword 'Ingres' Violin' by William Hjorstberg.

Fiction: A Different Eden  //  A Lap Dance with the Lobster Lady  //  Vanilla Blood  //  The Bird Catcher   //  Beloved

Disciple

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Short fiction chapbooks

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The Shattered Horse

1986

Library edition: August 1986, 1st edition

Tor

ISBN 0-312-93730-X

Hardcover, 464 pages

$16.95

Notes:

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The Aquiliad

1984

Library edition: December 1983, 1st edition

Timescape / Pocket Books

ISBN 0-671-45443-9

Paperback, 224 pages

$2.95

Notes:

  •  'Aquila' series #1.

Fiction: Aquila  //  Aquila the God  //  Aquila Meets Bigfoot  //  Aquila: The Final Conflict

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Opus 50

2008

Library edition: 2008, 1st PoD edition

Diplodocus Press

ISBN 978-0-9800149-2-1

Trade paperback, 395 pages

฿395

Notes:

Fiction: Chui Chai  //  Fiddling for Waterbuffaloes  //  Lottery Night  //  The Pavilion of Frozen Women  //  Hunting the

Lion  //  The Bird Catcher  //  A Different Eden

Poetry: Jeffrey Dahmer  //  To a Cigar  //  Blacksburg

Essays: Who Am I? A Short Course in Reinventing Oneself as a Southeast Asian Writer  //  One Flew Over Kukrit's

Nest: Meditations on Plagiarism vs. Borrowing  //  Somtow's Guide to Elmer Fudd's Guide to Grand Opera  //  Top Ten

Gruesome Operatic Deaths  //  Temple of Horror  //  Theology for Secular Humanists  //  Nirvana Express  //  

Compassion: Two Perspectives (A Sermon)

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Light on the Sound

1982

Library edition: September 1982, 1st edition

Timescape / Pocket Books

ISBN 0-671-44028-4

Paperback, 255 pages

$2.95

Notes:

  •  'Inquestor' series #1.

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The Throne of Madness

1983

Library edition: October 1983, 1st edition

Timescape / Pocket Books

ISBN 0-671-44028-4

Paperback, 255 pages

$2.95

Notes:

  •  'Inquestor' series #2.

Vampire Junction

1984

Library edition: August 1984, 1st edition, 1st printing.

Starblaze / The Donning Company

ISBN 0-89865-367-3

Slipcased Hardcover, 280 pages

$15.95

Notes:

  •  'Valentine' series #1.

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The Alien Swordmaster

1985

Library edition: January 1987, 1st UK edition

New English Library

ISBN 0-450-39251-1

Paperback, 185 pages

£1.95

Notes:

  •  'V' TV series tie-in #7.

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Do Comets Dream?

2003

Library edition: July 2003, 1st edition

Pockets Books

ISBN 0-7434-1130-7

Paperback, 262 pages

$6.99 / C$10.50

Notes:

  •  Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series tie-in.

My Cold Mad Father

2018

Library edition: September 2018, 1st PoD edition

Diplodocus Press

ISBN 978-1-940999-31-9

Trade paperback, 163 pages

no cover price

Notes:

  •  'Introduction to the Introduction' and Introduction by S. P. Somtow.

  •  Originally intended for publication in September 1992 by Pulphouse Press, USA.

Fiction: Kingdoms in the Sky  //  Fire from the Wine-Dark Sea  //  The Bad News Express  //  Darker Angels

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The Ultimate Mallworld

2000

Library edition: April 2000, 1st edition

Meisha Merlin

ISBN 1-892065-07-X

Trade paperback, 333 pages

$15.00

Notes:

Fiction: Prologue  //  A Day in Mallworld  //  Sing a Song of Mallworld  //  The Vampire of Mallworld  //  Rabid in

Mallworld  //  Mallworld Graffiti  //  The Dark Side of Mallworld  //  The Jaws of Mallworld  //  A Mall and the Gneiss

Visitors  //  Bug-Eyed in Mallworld  //  Epilogue

Riverrun

1991

Library edition: September 1999, 1st edition

Avon

ISBN 0-380-75925-X

Paperback, 259 pages

$3.95

Notes:

  •  'Riverrun' series, #1.

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Valentine

1992

Library edition: April 1992, 1st edition

Gollancz

ISBN 0-575-05018-7

Hardcover, 383 pages

£14.99

Notes:

  •  'Valentine' series #2.

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The Wizard's Apprentice

1993

Library edition: August 2018

Diplodocus Press

No ISBN

mobi

$6.85

Notes:

Vanitas

1995

Library edition: July 1995, 1st UK edition

Gollancz

ISBN 0-575-05655-X

Hardcover, 352 pages

£16.99

Notes:

  •  'Valentine' series #3.

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Jasmine Nights

1994

Library edition: May 1994, 1st edition

Hamish Hamilton

ISBN 0-241-00200-1

Trade paperback, xv+380 pages

£9.99

Notes:

  •  Previously serialised in 15 parts in Pulphouse: A Fiction Magazine, 1991–1993.

Darker Angels

1997

Library edition: November 1997, 1st edition

Gollancz

ISBN 0-575-06122-7

Hardcover, 351 pages

£16.99

Notes:

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Forgetting Places

1987

Library edition: October 1987, 1st edition

Tor

ISBN 0-312-93030-5

Hardcover, 216 pages

$14.95

Notes:

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The Vampire's Beautiful Daughter

1997

Library edition: April 2018

Diplodocus Press

ISBN 978-1-940-99920-3

mobi

$6.87

Notes:

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Inquestor Tales: Despatches from the High Inquest, #1

2018

Library edition: July 2018, 1st PoD edition

Diplodocus Press

ISBN 978-1-9409-9923-4

Trade paperback, 138 pages

$7.50

Notes:

  •  Fiction and essays by S.P. Somtow except where stated. Includes a non-genre essay.

Fiction: The Homeworld of the Heart: The Singing Moons  //  The Rainbow King

Essays: Is Anybody There?  //  Frequently Asked Questions About the Inquestral Highspeech  //  Trilogies, Ursine

Predators, and Tree-Rich Areas  //  The End of Chapter Nine: Reflections on the Year of Mourning for the King of

Thailand  //  Johne Cooke, An Essay About the Inquestor Series

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Fanzines

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Inquestor Tales: Despatches from the High Inquest, #2

2018

Library edition: September 2018, 1st PoD edition

Diplodocus Press

ISBN 978-1-9409-9917-3

Trade paperback, 155 pages

$7.50

Notes:

  •  Fiction, essays and poetry by S.P. Somtow except where stated.

Fiction: The Homeworld of the Heart: A Woman Cloaked in Shadow  //  The Dust

Essays: Theodore Sturgeon, An Introduction to 'The Darkling Wind'  //  Taboos and Sexualities in the Dispersal of

Man  //  Frequently Asked Questions About the Inquestral Highspeech  //  Butterfly in the Age of Human Trafficking

Poetry: On Seeing a Cigarette Butt in the Butt of a Stone Lion in Angkor Wat

Interview: S.P. Somtow Through the Curious Lens of Darrell Schweitzer

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Inquestor Tales: Despatches from the High Inquest, #3

2019

Library edition: April 2019, 1st edition

Diplodocus Press

No ISBN

mobi

$7.50

Notes:

  •  Fiction, essays and poetry by S.P. Somtow.

Fiction: The Child Collector  //  Remembrances  //  The Comet That Cried for Its Mother

Essays: Message from the High Inquest   //  His Beatitude Performs a Wedding

Poetry: Poetry

Interview: Interview by Ellen Datlow

Bible Stories for Secular Humanists

2013

Library edition: October 2013, 1st PoD edition

Diplodocus Press

ISBN 978-0-9860533-7-5

Trade paperback, 324 pages

no cover price

Notes:

Fiction: Brimstone and Salt  //  A Different Eden  //  Beloved Disciple  //  Hunting the Lion  //  An Alien Heresy  //  Darker

Angels  //  ResurrecTech™  //  Avoiding Close Encounters  //  A Thief in the Night

Essay: Theology for Secular Humanists

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Symphony of Terror

1988

<  May 1988, 1st edition

Tor

ISBN 0-812-55482-5

Paperback, 243 pages

$3.50

Notes:

  •  'V' TV series tie-in #16.

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The Darkling Wind

1985

<  July 1985, 1st edition

Bantam Spectra

ISBN 0-553-24982-7

Paperback, 384 pages

$3.50

Notes:

  •  'Inquestor' series #4.

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Forest of the Night / Armorica

1992

<  November 1992, 1st edition

AvoNova

ISBN 0-380-76628-0

Paperback, x+258 pages

$4.99

Notes:

  •  'Riverrun' series #2.

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Yestern

1996

<  November 2013 PoD edition

Diplodocus Press

ISBN 978-0-986-05339-9

Trade paperback, 276 pages

£10.62

Notes:

  •  'Riverrun' series #3.

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The Fallen Country

1986

<  April 1986, 1st edition

Bantam Spectra

ISBN 0-553-25556-8

Paperback, 198 pages

$2.95

Notes:

  •  'Fallen Country/Snow Dragon' series.

The Snow Dragon: Three Variations

2015

Library edition: January 2015, 1st PoD edition

Diplodocus Press

ISBN 978-1-940999-11-1

Trade paperback, 316 pages

$18.00

Notes:

  •  'Fallen Country/Snow Dragon' series.

  •  Interior art by Mikey Jiraros.

Fiction: The Fallen Country (novelette)  //  The Fallen Country (novel)  //  The Fallen Country: Opera Libretto

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Moon Dance

1989

Library edition: August 2018 PoD edition

Diplodocus Press

ISBN 978-1-940999-30-2

Trade paperback, 702 pages

$27.50

Notes:

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Sonnets About Serial Killers

2013

<  November 2013, 1st PoD edition

Diplodocus Press

ISBN 978-0-9860533-7-5

Trade paperback, 324 pages

£8.56

Notes:

  •  Subtitled 'The Poetry Your Teacher Wouldn't Let You Read'.

Poetry: Ed Gein  //  Ed Gein Critiques His Biopics  //  Jeffrey Dahmer  //  John Wayne Gacy  //  On a List of People at

One Time Thought to Be Jack the Ripper  //  Armin Meiwes: The Cannibal  //  Albert Fish  //  Tinky Winky at the

Televangelist's Tomb  //  Matthew Shepard  //  Andrea Yates: On Drowning My Babies  //  Susan Smith: On Driving My

Babies to the Lake  //  Dena Schlosser: On Slicing Off My Baby's Arms  //  Blacksburg  //  Columbine  //  Alex King  //  

The Menendez Brothers  //  Monica Lewinsky  //  To a Cigar  //  On a Copy of Leaves of Grass Presented by the

President to Miss Lewinsky  //  The Sky at Night  //  A Congressional Page Contemplates Mr Foley's Proposition  //  Mr

Foley Contemplates the Internet  //  In Praise of Entropy  //  Moral Ambiguity in Thailand and Sudan  //  On Looking Into

a Copy of Chapman's Homer That Might Have Belonged to Keats  //  George Junius Stinney  //  A Prime Example of

Why the Sonnet Is Not the Ideal Medium for the Lyrics of Popular Music

Essays: The Argument  //  Introductory Words  //  The Italians  //  The Historical Context

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R E V I E W

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A Lap Dance with the Lobster Lady

1998

<  1998, 1st edition

Shadowlands Press

ISBN 0-9665662-8-9

Trade paperback, 28 pages

$6.00

Notes:

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The Bird Catcher

2002

<  2018, 1st edition

Diplodocus Press

ISBN 978-1-940999-18-0

Trade paperback, 120 pages

$6.99

Notes:

  •  Winner of the 2002 World Fantasy Award for Best Novella.

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Inquestor Tales: Despatches from the High Inquest, #4

2019

Library edition: February 2020, 1st edition

Diplodocus Press

ISBN 978-1-940999-48-7

mobi

$4.98

Notes:

  •  Fiction, essays and poetry by S.P. Somtow. Includes non-genre essays.

  •  Interior art by Mikey Jiraros.

Fiction: The Space Between Spaces  //  The Thirteenth Utopia  //  The Web Dancer

Essays: A Schism with Rome  //  My Approach to Musical Language in Helena Citrónová  //  Helena's Journey  //  

Forty-Two Years with the Force  //  Frequently Asked Questions About the Inquestral Highspeech – Part III

Interview: Interview by Tomaš Bazika