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James Van Pelt fell in love with Zenna Henderson, Ray Bradbury, Ursula le Guin, Robert Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey and a host of others when he started reading. In elementary school, he told his mom he wanted to grow up to be a Ray Bradbury, like Bradbury was a job instead of a person. His work has appeared in Asimov's, Analog, Clarkesworld and many other venues. Stories have been reprinted in Year's Best anthologies and gathered in five of his collections. He has been a finalist for the Nebula, the Sturgeon Award, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He recently retired from teaching high school English (37 years), to write full time.
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James Van Pelt took the Bradbury challenge and wrote a story a week for a year. The Experience Arcade includes 26 of them. The author added an introduction to the readers for each piece, and an epilogue for teachers and writers. Ted Kosmatka, the author of The Flicker Men, said, "Prolific, masterful, and stunningly original, James Van Pelt is a modern virtuoso of science fiction. This collection of short stories both defines the genre, and pushes it forward into newly charted territory."
What would you do if you controlled powers that were once attributed to gods? What if what you had heard was right: sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic? High school student Peter Van Meer finds an impossible treasure that seems too good to be true. Now, he must work with his two best friends to unlock its secrets before it threatens to spill out its unknown dangers into the world.