Charles Sheffield has been publishing "hard SF" since 1977, and he has been widely touted for his impeccable scientific accuracy and foresight. But more importantly, Sheffield is a wonderful story teller who has the ability to make his characters and the worlds they live in resonate with readers. This literary one-two punch is the showcase of Sheffield's latest short story collection, which contains fourteen of his stories written between 1987-94. While the Nebula Award-winning title story "Georgia on My Mind" is clearly the centerpiece here, these are all first-rate tales by one of SF's finest writers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Physicist Sheffield's (Godspeed) sixth collection of short stories, written in the late 1980s and early '90s, affirms his place as a central exponent of hard SF. "Georgia on My Mind," which won a Nebula Award, features a narrator who displays less personality than the letters and diaries of the mysterious "L.D.," the putative author of a 150-year-old manual for a mechanical computer. Sheffield proceeds on the understanding that hard SF is well suited to the form of the mystery, in which a narrator takes second seat behind the plot and its specific expression (as, for example, Doyle's Dr. Watson in the Sherlock Holmes mysteries). His spare prose serves as background lighting, revealing no more than needs to be shown. Tales such as "The Feynman Saltation" and the exemplary "Humanity Test" are effective for discoveries that do not depend on their main characters' intuition. Occasionally, as in "Trapalanda," the payoff is inadequate, but generally these 15 stories satisfy, presenting the readers with valuable ideas from a master craftsman.
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This collection of short stories includes the Nebula winning story, Georgia On My Mind. The collection is strong throughout. Enjoy.Published on August 24, 2013 by John and Lissa Adkins
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