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Titre : APOSTROPHES AND APOCALYPSES
Éditeur : Tor ., New York
Date d'édition : 1998
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, boards. First edition. The author's first collection of short fiction. Several stories, including "Gentleman Pervert, Off On a Spree," are original to this collection. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#91810). N° de réf. du libraire 91810
Synopsis : Before novels like Mother of Storms, A Million Open Doors, and One for the Morning Glory brought him to the attention of book-buyers, John Barnes was known to science fiction fans for his quirky, powerful short stories, many published in SF magazines in the late 1980s. Most of them have been unavailable for more than a decade. Now the best of them are collected for the first time, along with several new SF stories that appear here for the first time ever.
Critique: John Barnes writes hard SF with a heart; his speculations are always grounded in working things out from first principles, but he remembers to think also about how his imaginary situations might feel. "Gentleman Pervert, Out on a Spree," for example, starts with some speculation about tagging, and the speed with which an information age can make a marginal life worse--Ken is photographed curb-crawling and is then divorced and fired before he even gets home.
It moves, though, in unexpected directions--no excuses are made for Ken and his compulsions, yet we get to know and even love him like a deeply flawed younger brother. When Barnes writes of the fall of civilization to Christianity and/or barbarism, his rationalism does not rule out empathy for other ways of seeing--and there is a sense that armed conflict always involves collateral losses of more than just lives. The doomed soldier of "Advice to the Civilized" knows that in that regret lies the whole difference between civilization and barbarism. The stories come packaged with some nonfiction--Barnes writes well about building a world and his views on style and criticism; he writes inspirationally about education and his hopes for the future. --Roz Kaveney, Amazon.co.uk
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