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Ellen Kushner

Welcome to Bordertown

Chronicles of the Borderlands: Book 5

Ellen Kushner
Holly Black

Bordertown: a city on the border between our human world and the elfin realm. Runaway teens come from both sides of the border to find adventure, to find themselves. Elves play in rock bands and race down the street on spell-powered motorbikes. Human kids recreate themselves in the squats and clubs and artists' studios of Soho.

Terri Windling's original Bordertown series was the forerunner of today's urban fantasy, introducing authors that included Charles de Lint, Will Shetterly, Emma Bull, and Ellen Kushner. In this volume of all-new work (including a 15-page graphic story), the original writers are now joined by the generation that grew up dreaming of Bordertown, including acclaimed authors Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M. Valente, and many more. They all meet here on the streets of Bordertown in more than twenty new interconnected songs, poems, and stories.


  • Introduction - essay by Holly Black
  • Introduction - essay by Terri Windling
  • Welcome to Bordertown - novella by Terri Windling and Ellen Kushner
  • Shannon's Law - novelette by Cory Doctorow
  • Cruel Sister - poem by Patricia A. McKillip
  • A Voice Like a Hole - short story by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Stairs in Her Hair - poem by Amal El-Mohtar
  • Incunabulum - novelette by Emma Bull
  • Run Back Across the Border - poem by Steven Brust
  • A Prince of Thirteen Days - novelette by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • The Sages of Elsewhere - short fiction by Will Shetterly
  • Soulja Grrrl: A Long Line Rap - poem by Jane Yolen
  • Crossings - short fiction by Janni Lee Simner
  • Fair Trade (Comic) - short fiction by Sara Ryan and Dylan Meconis
  • Night Song for a Halfie - poem by Jane Yolen
  • Our Stars, Our Selves - short fiction by Tim Pratt
  • Elf Blood - short fiction by Annette Curtis Klause
  • Ours is the Prettiest - short fiction by Nalo Hopkinson
  • The Wall - poem by Delia Sherman
  • We Do Not Come in Peace - short fiction by Christopher Barzak
  • A Borderland Jump-Rope Rhyme - poem by Jane Yolen
  • The Rowan Gentleman - short fiction by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
  • The Song of the Song - poem by Neil Gaiman
  • A Tangle of Green Men - novella by Charles de Lint

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