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Publication Order of Borderland Books

Elsewhere (By: Will Shetterly) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nevernever (By: Will Shetterly) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nevernever (By: Will Shetterly) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Finder (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Liavek Books

Liavek (With: Will Shetterly) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Players of Luck (With: Will Shetterly) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wizard's Row (With: Will Shetterly) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spells of Binding (With: Will Shetterly) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Festival Week (With: Will Shetterly) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Points of Departure (With: Patricia C. Wrede,Pamela Dean) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Falcon (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bone Dance (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Princess and the Lord of Night (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Freedom and Necessity (With: Steven Brust) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Territory (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Plays

War for the Oaks (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightspeeder (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Double Feature (With: Will Shetterly) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
And Other Stories (With: Will Shetterly) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Shadow Unit Books

with Elizabeth Bear, Holly Black, Will Shetterly, Steven Brust, Sarah Monette, Amanda Downum, Leah Bobet, Chelsea Polk, C.L. Polk

Publication Order of Anthologies

Sword and Sorceress(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bordertown(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Players of Luck(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hidden Turnings(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Third Annual Collection(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Life on the Border(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
After the King(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seventh Annual Collection(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Magical Beginnings(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Magics(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Ballads(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sword and Sorceress 22(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eclipse Four(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Whedonistas(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Teeth: Vampire Tales(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Welcome to Bordertown(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Urban Fantasy Anthology(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Magic City: Recent Spells(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, July 2014(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Emma Bull is a fantasy and science fiction novelist who is best known for her novels, short stories, and novellas.
She was born in Torrance, California and right from her childhood, her parents realized that she had a knack for storytelling.

Growing up, Emma Bull used to love typing out nonsense words on the black Royal manual typewriter that belonged to her parents.

When she was older, she majored in English at Beloit College before she moved to Minneapolis famous for its two seasons – road repair and snow removal.
Following that, she moved to Los Angeles California where she had some good times driving a convertible out in the sun.

At some point, her drive for storytelling became too strong and she began writing short stories, children’s fiction, screenplays, and novels.

She penned her debut work of fiction “Falcon” in 1985 but it was with the publishing of the “Shadow Unit” series that she would become a very popular author.

She is also the executive producer of the series which is a science fiction thriller TV show in literary form that she co-produces with Elizabeth Bear and several authors.
She currently lives in Minneapolis alongside her husband Will Shetterly and Barnabas their cat.

Bull and Will Shetterly her husband are members of the “Scribblies” otherwise known as the Interstate Writers’ Workshop.

Together with her husband, they usually conduct several writing workshops across the United States. Over the years, they have taught in Los Angeles at the Pima Writers Workshop, and Clarion West among many other places.
Emma has also sung and played guitar in the goth folk duo group “Flash Girls.”

She was a member of the psychedelic improv folk-jazz band “Cats Laughing.” At the band, she used to play alongside the likes of Bill Colsher, Steven Brust, Lojo Russo, and Adam Stemple.
Emma Bull also produces the web fiction project Shadow Unit. These are novella-length episodes with character online journals and hypertext DVD extras.

As for the nature of her writing, Emma Bull is a writer who has developed a reputation for seeing the mythic in unexpected and startling places.

Bull published “Falcon” her debut novel in 1985 and has since become a prolific author with more than thirty titles to her name.

She has since become known as one of the pioneering novels of urban fantasy fiction and is one of the most important authors in the genre.

Her works include the anthology series “Liavek” that she penned with Will Shetterly her husband. She has also written novels and short stories set in the Bordertown settings of Terri Windling.
Her stories rarely stay in one place as she usually combines disparate elements to come up with an exciting new whole.

“Shadow Unit 1” by Emma Bull is a different kind of literary fiction work that is a collection of stories for a TV show but in book form.

The work is a combination of the likes of “Man from UNCLE,” “X-Files,” and “Criminal Minds,” though it leans more on the style of the latter.

Shadow Unit is part of the Anomalous Crimes Division of the FBI that investigates crimes of people who have strange powers and are known as gammas.

The gammas are a bunch of humans who have been infected with an anomaly, which is an unknown substance. The problem is no one has an understanding of what the anomaly is whether bacteria, virus, or parasite.
However, when one is infected they soon develop supernatural abilities and can then use their minds to achieve some supernatural purposes.

Most of the people infected end up using their supernatural powers to either kill or harm, and it is for this reason that the Shadow Unit was called in to investigate.

The organization’s setup and how they go about investigating and bringing to justice criminals is very similar to “Criminal Minds.” It has also been compared to “Alphas,” the American superhero drama.
The work is written as a collection of short stories with each penned by a singular author, even if all are set in the same timeline and universe.

Emma Bull’s work “Shadow Unit 4” opens in Season 2 of the Shadow Unit.

Chaz Villette the lead character is still recovering mentally and physically from his ordeal at the hands of his father/uncle in the finale of season one.

The rest of the Shadow Unit are also still recovering from that ordeal. In the first episode, the team heads back to Texas (where Chaz was initially tormented) to investigate the mysterious and bizarre deaths of some very unpleasant people.
In the second episode, Chaz is back at the office to investigate the strange deaths of several teenagers from Cape Cod who lost their lives losing weight, even though they were never anorexic.

The second story goes deep to provide insights into the mother of the team Esther Faulkner, and her personal life as a mother. What really fleshes it all out are the posts from the character journals and the replies they get.
It is from these that we get a sense of just how damaged Chaz is.

While they read like police procedurals with a bit of the supernatural, they are more realistic as compared to most vampire or werewolf novels written today.

“Shadow Unit 3” is the last of Season One.

In this work, there is only one episode but it is not so brutal and long that it would require extending post episodes to decompress.

Chaz Villette is back home to check out the house which has been left to him by the maternal grandparents he never met. Wildfires are a danger in the locality of his inheritance and hence he has a chance to get a feel of how his dead mother grew up.
But the house is not empty and he soon finds himself dealing with a crazed gamma named William Villette. He is a crazed rapist that is also his uncle who is an expert at making just about anyone feel whatever he wants them to.
When Chaz does not check in with his colleagues, they go hunting for him and soon realize that a gamma is involved.

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