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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Cascade Mountain Publishing (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892884046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892884046
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,378,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

I went to the psych too late. She cured my gambling addiction and her bill joined the rest. The handwritten notes and the quiet men who owned them worried me the most: bankruptcy was not an option with them. . . . I am not used to violence. Near the hole everything goes perfectly or you die quickly. I sipped at the water and tried to think clearly. He reached into his coat pocket and took out a credit slip.

"This will pay your legal debts." He placed the slip on the table. "This will pay your casino debts." He placed another slip on the table. "This is the fee that remains." He placed a third slip on the table.

I looked at the slips. The amounts were correct. He leaned forward.

"Mr. Reinfeld, try to understand. You have no choice, and no options. You will go back to the black hole, and you will take me with you as your passenger....."

Meet new parents, so frantic for sleep they turn desperate when dealing with their infant. Meet an alien so different, mental contact with it causes instant death. Travel into the depths of a black hole, to the romantic vistas of a too-intelligent car, to the eye of a hurricane while flying blind. Join Bill Johnson on this incredible journey through eleven science fiction dreams and speculations, including his Hugo Award winning "We Will Drink a Fish Together."

About the Author

Born in South Dakota, Bill Johnson has been writing SF since 1975, when he attended the Clarion Science Fiction Writer's Workshop. Since then, he has gone on to publish some masterful short stories and novellas.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin R. Buehler (the.buehlers@bluewin.ch) on October 26, 1999
A collection of short stories, by 1998 Hugo Award winner Bill Johnson. What a great reading, be it just before bedtime or on a sunny summer afternoon. Stories from a variety of background settings, always entertaining, stimulating, challenging. Enough for the borderline-hardcore sci-fi afficionado("Meet me at apogee")- which I am not, something for the parents (both "Evelyn's children" and "One quiet night"), and of course the most exciting piece at last, the award winner "Let's drink a fish together". Those of you not familiar with Dakota's local rituals and practices - such as I - may wonder how you drink a fish, but while the notion is not one for the untrained palate, it is certainly a interesting one for the un-initiated. Fine holiday fun, as my kids would say.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randy Stafford VINE VOICE on November 1, 2000
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I'll admit I bought this collection because I expected Johnson to be sort of a Clifford Simak for South Dakota, but the state only shows up as a setting in Johnson's most famous story, the Hugo-winning "We Will Drink a Fish Together." Now, I'm from South Dakota too, but I'm not familiar with fish drinking or the idea of "lines", sort of clans of not necessarily related people. But, then, I'm from the Black Hills, the other end of the state from the town of Summit where the story takes place. And, as Johnson notes in the collection's introduction, that's a different geography and a different culture. The story is like Simak in its mixture of aliens and rural America and quirky characters though its plot, involving an alien ambassador fleeing assassins and the narrator attending the funeral of the head of his line, is a bit hard edged for Simak. Johnson's perceptions match mine when he talks about Dakota weather and the easy acceptance of strangers there.
Aliens show up frequently in these stories as they do in Simak's work. The "Motivational Engineers" have a surprising reason for visiting Earth on a trade mission. The old idea of aliens judging man's suitability for continued existence is reworked in "Respect." Its tale of aliens getting involved in a future border war between Mexico and the U.S. seems to owe something to George Orwell's famous essay, "Shooting an Elephant." I suppose "Every Choice Has a Price" was intended as a thoughtful, controversial discussion of abortion ethics. A woman has to decide between carrying a child to term and losing her telepathic abilities or aborting it and possibly wresting the secret of travel between the stars from an injured alien.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Runkle on December 7, 1999
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I had read some of Bill Johnson's short fiction over the years in magazines, and wanted to see the stuff I had missed. I am so glad that I got this book. It has a wonderful range of stories - scary stuff with life -as-they-know-it in the balance, and downright funny stuff. Do not miss One Quiet Night! I look forward to more of Mr. Johnson's stuff.
I am from the Midwest, and trust me, we do not all drink fish, but any story he writes will sell a volume for me from now on.
I did a litle research (amazing what happens when you read the story intros) and it is easy to see that Bill Johnson is one of Joe Haldeman's proteges. The ideas come spewing out at a great rate, but never at the expense of character or plot.
Buy this book!
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By Gretchen Johnson on September 5, 2000
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This is a wonderful book full of entertaining short stories written by a talented author. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story. I especially liked "More Than a Box".
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