Winner of Foreward Magazine's Silver Book of the Year Award in the Science Fiction category

Finalist for the 2006 Prix Aurora Best Work in English Award


Fantastic Companions is an anthology of nineteen original  short stories, chosen to illustrate the use of anthropomorphism in fantasy.   Individual stories range from more traditional techniques, such as talking  animals, to more unusual, such as the personification of constellations, ancient  gods, and story itself. Aimed at both trade and educational markets, this  diverse anthology is an amazing look at how writers deal with what makes us  truly human, through the lens of imagination.


"The latest volume in Realms of Wonder, skillfully edited by Toronto writer Julie E. Czerneda, collects 19 thematically linked stories. Although many of the writers are new or little-known, there's not a single dud in the collection. In fact, it's among the strongest anthologies of fantasy fiction in recent memory. . . none of these stories is anything less than solid, and most of them soar. Highly recommended for any reader. "
- Quill & Quire

". ..well worth the purchase price just for poignant, thought-provoking, powerful stories such as House of Cats, Mountain Challenge, Eggs for Dinner and Last of her Kind. These stories make quite an impact. "
- Hi-Rise Newspaper

"Fantastic Companions is overall an enchanting read, interspersed with stories to make you laugh, cry, or think deeper about things you may never have thought of before, This is one of those books to be read with a flashlight under the covers at midnight. "
- Tangent Online