"An Alewife In Kish" by Benjamin Tate

Condemned by the gods to spend her life serving others, the alewife Kubaba tricks Gilgamesh into taking her place as the undying guardian of the Ur-Bar.

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After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar

The first bar, created by the Sumerians after they were given the gift of beer by the gods, was known as the Ur-Bar. Although it has since been destroyed, its spirit lives on—in each age there is one bar that captures the essence of the original Ur-Bar, where drinks are mixed with magic and served with a side of destiny and intrigue.

With stories by Benjamin Tate, S.C. Butler, Jennifer Dunne, Barbara Ashford, Maria V. Snyder, Kari Sperring, D.B. Jackson, Patricia Bray, Seanan McGuire, Juliet E. McKenna, Laura Anne Gilman, Ian Tregillis, Avery Shade, Jackie Kessler, and Anton Strout.

"Seeds" by Benjamin Tate

Dwarren lands are being threatened by human settlers moving in from the west. Only shaman Mikatl recognizes the dangers that the humans pose to the dwarren way of life and it's up to him to make those dangers clear to his clan chief and the head shaman...even if that means defying them both.

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Unexpected Journeys

In this collection you'll find epic fantasy favorites; youthful rites of passage, enchanted artifacts, experienced heroes fighting with (and against) swords and sorcery, brains outmanoeuvering brawn and wise elders imparting wisdom. You'll find a great deal more besides. As traditional elements unfold in unexpected ways, these tales are enriched by contemporary fantasy's much broader view, taking in previously overlooked and disregarded characters. These stories no longer deal with the affairs of kings and wizards alone--though such tales have plenty to say about kings and wizards, and by extension, the uses and abuses of many kinds of power.

With stories by Anna Lyle, Benjamin Tate, Gail Z. Martin, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Liz Williams, Stephen Deas, Chaz Brenchley, and Kate Elliot.

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