The Eightfold Path (Hardcover)
by Charles Johnson and Steven Barnes
One by one, the travelers each share a story that, unbeknownst to them, is actually a morality tale representing one of the aspects of final enlightenment as taught in Buddhism. As the wind howls through the night, they tell symbolic stories of horror, dystopia, high adventure, cyberpunk, and urban fantasy. Each story is a spoke on the symbolic dharma wheel, and each interlocking tale gets the travelers closer to their true destiny: unveiling the future of the entire human race.
This remarkable collection borrows heavily from the traditions of pop culture morality anthology series such as The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Night Gallery, Lovecraft Country, and the publications of EC Comics. Strongly influenced by the science-fiction pulps of the 1950s and 1960s, this brilliant collection remixes classic social narratives, such as Plato's Allegory of the Cave, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, and The Arabian Nights, through an edgy, contemporary, yet spiritually centered lens. In The Eightfold Path, our destinies lie in heeding the lessons given in every one of these entrancing tales.
About the Author
Steven Barnes is the New York Times-bestselling, NAACP Image Award-winning author of more than 30 novels. Nominated for Nebula and Hugo awards, writer of the Emmy-winning "A Stitch in Time" episode of The Outer Limits, and winner of the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Award, Barnes is a pioneering Afrofuturist writer, and one of the most honored voices in the field. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, British Fantasy Award-winning novelist Tananarive Due. Barnes has taught and lectured at UCLA, USC, University of Washington, Mensa, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Smithsonian Museum, the University of North Carolina, and many others. Recent books include Twelve Days.
Dr. Charles Johnson is a professor emeritus at the University of Washington and author of 23 books. He is a novelist, philosopher, essayist, literary scholar, short-story writer, cartoonist, illustrator, and an author of children's literature, screenplays, and teleplays. A MacArthur Fellow, Johnson has received a 2002 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, a 1990 National Book Award for his novel Middle Passage, a 1985 Writers Guild Award for his PBS teleplay Booker, the 2016 W. E. B. Du Bois Award at the National Black Writers Conference, and many others. The Charles Johnson Society at the American Literature Association was founded in 2003. In November 2016, Pegasus Theatre in Chicago debuted its play adaptation of Middle Passage, titled Rutherford's Travels. Johnson's recent publications include The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling and his fourth short story collection, Night Hawks. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Category: Graphic Novel
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Abrams Comicarts - Megascope
Date Published: April 12, 2022
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