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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (July 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886775663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886775667
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,611,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this compelling and entertaining anthology of original pieces, veteran anthologists Resnick and Greenberg offer nearly every short-story angle imaginable on dinosaurs, from prehistorical to post-modern. A few pieces are from the dinosaur point of view, while others are reflective vignettes about the place that our oldest, extinct predecessors hold in the modern imagination. The best stories have themes of dinosaurs physically or symbolically coming back from extinction through replication technology. In Pat Cadigan's contribution, dressing up as your favorite dinosaur in dino clubs has become the latest fashion in a technologically crazy future headed for its own extinction. David Gerrold posits mini-dinos as pets in the suburbia of the future. Once again, they are a fashion trend, an outdated one this time, and Gerrold uses a pet mini-Tyrannosaurus rex as a metaphor for a family breaking apart. Kevin O'Donnell Jr.'s similar story, in which mini-saurs become pest-controlling pets in a dystopian, cockroach-infested future, is a poignant comment on a present in which the idea of a past has been all but forgotten. By avoiding the most obvious and cliched ways of telling these stories, the selections in this volume show consistent quality.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Martin H. Greenberg���was honored in 1995 by the Mystery Writers of America with the Ellery Queen Award for lifetime achievement in mystery editing. He is also the recipient of two Anthony awards. Mystery Scene magazine called him "the best mystery anthologist since Ellery Queen." He has compiled more than 1,000 anthologies and���is the president of TEKNO books.���He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Worley on April 1, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
All stories herein were written for this collection, so readers must seek Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder" and Silverberg's "Lady of the Sauropods" elsewhere.

Allen, Roger MacBride: The narrator's *very* paranoid friend Bueber has finally outdone himself with the "Evolving Conspiracy", starting at the *very* top regarding Who could fake fossil evidence. (Bueber has echoes of both Sherlock Holmes and of one of Lord Peter Wimsey's most famous opponents.) No relation to Allen's FARSIDE CANNON.

Cadigan, Pat: Nanotechnology makes it possible to customize anything almost instantly, from interior decoration to body shape; Cadigan avoids exposition altogether and *shows* the reader what can be done. Marcia and Randall are playing with the current "Dino Trend" of assuming dinosaur shape, since she brought home a free sample of Bronto-Cream. (Tyrannosaurs are so popular that they're about to become passe.)

Casper, Susan: Eldon found the mosasaur while fleeing a false accusation as a child, and believed she'd brought him luck in exchange for silence. Now that his luck's turned as an adult, however, he feels the sting of "Betrayal".

Delaplace, Barbara: "Fellow Passengers" The narrator's boss at _The Blatant Inquirer_ hated breaking the story of a *real* deinonychus preying on cattle, only to be elbowed out by the mainstream press. Then the animal-rights people weighed in to release the carnivore back into the wild...

DiChario, Nicholas A.: "Whilst Slept the Sauropod" inside Sleepy Mountain, the human villagers had only dim records of its existence, since it woke with earthquakes only at very long intervals to feed; this awakening is a harbinger of change to this place forgotten by the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coroner on October 4, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An lucid indication that a literary anthology is proving compelling reading is the vigorous twirling of the sundry wayward whiskers dangling dangerously from my scruffy countenance. "Dinosaur Fantastic" provoked such behavior as an noteworthy ensnaring of dinosaur tales. A+ tales include: "Cutting Down Fred" which features a limerick-reciting tree borne of an acorn/contraceptive fusion; "Rex", the story of a harried and henpecked husband's battle with the household carnivore; "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Dinosaur", part non-fiction and part speculation of future dino-story themes; "Just Like Old Times", with a homicidal Canadian physician being sentenced to imprisonment within the confines of a T-Rex's mind; "Dino Trend", a hearty and incisive stab at the trendcrazies that corrupt our culture. On the flip side, a trio of duds: "After the Comet" utilizes an omnipotent observer to account a herd of triceratops seeking sustainance, but this voice is obnoxious like a narrator from those Walt Disney nature shows from the 1950's; "On Tiptoe" showed promise--blurred images in a photographer's pix may be dinosaurs living on the fringe--but concludes without appeal, satisfaction, or style; "The Skull's Tale" also dazzled initially but lost its lustre by the second page. Don't let the 3 unwise inclusions prevent you from the acquisition of an otherwise stalwart entry into the dino-fiction universe.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grendel Harliquin on May 9, 2000
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Dinosaur fantasic was overlong and some of the stories had little to do with dinosaurs.And a few that did were ones that had been put into every other collection of dinosaur stories.So I had to reread a lot of ones that I had already read.Very dull reading
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