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Dystopic and comedic, this anthology explores?top fiction from generations of writers and artists who have drawn inspiration from Franz Kafka's writings. The stories in this illuminating collection include Philip Roth's alternate history in which Kafka survived into the 1940s and emigrated to America; Jorge Luis Borges' bizarre lottery that develops into a mystical system; Carol Emshwiller’s woman seeking to be accepted as officially male by a society of men; and Paul Di Filippo's hero who works as a magazine writer by day but is a costumed crime fighter by night. Rounding out the exceptional lineup is R. Crumb's humorous work, "A Hunger Artist" from Kafka for Beginners alongside a new English translation of the story itself. Each author also responds to the question Why Kafka? and discusses his writing, its relevance and relation to their own work, and his enduring legacy.

John Kessel is a winner of the Nebula, Sturgeon, Tiptree, and Locus Awards and the author of Corrupting Dr. Nice, Good News from Outer Space, and Meeting in Infinity. He is the coeditor of Feeling Very Strange, Rewired, and The Secret History of Science Fiction, and his work has appeared in Foundation, Los Angeles Times Book Review, New York Review of Science Fiction, and Science Fiction Age. He teaches science fiction, fantasy, and fiction writing at North Carolina State University. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. James Patrick Kelly is the author of Burn, Strange But Not a Stranger and Wildlife and the coeditor of Feeling Very Strange, Rewired, and The Secret History of Science Fiction. He is a columnist for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and the winner of two Hugo Awards. He lives in Nottingham, New Hampshire.