Walter Mosley: Gift of Fire / On the Head of a Pin (USA 2012)
From the Publisher:
New York Times bestselling author Walter Mosley delivers two speculative tales, in one volume, of everyday people exposed to life-altering truths.
The Gift of Fire
In ancient mythology, the Titan Prometheus was punished by the gods for bringing man the gift of fire -- an event that set humankind on its course of knowledge. As punishment for making man as powerful as gods, Prometheus was bound to a rock; every day his immortal body was devoured by a giant eagle. But in The Gift of Fire, those chains cease to be, and the great champion of man walks from that immortal prison into present-day South Central Los Angeles.
On the Head of a Pin
Joshua Winterland and Ana Fried are working at Jennings-Tremont Enterprises when they make the most important discovery in the history of this world -- or possibly the next. JTE is developing advanced animatronics editing techniques to create high-end movies indistinguishable from live-action. Long dead stars can now share the screen with today’s A-list. But one night Joshua and Ana discover something lingering in the rendered footage... an entity that will lead them into a new age beyond the reality they have come to know.
Walter Mosley: Gift of Fire / On the Head of a Pin. Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion. Tor Books, ISBN: 9780765330086 (May, 2012), 179 and 104 p., $24.99.