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The title story of this collection won the Nebula Award. From the Arabian Nights to tennis on the moon, from Babbage's Difference Machine to the "lost" years of Jesus of Nazareth, Sheffield creates science fiction spanning a huge variety of subjects and settings.

"...Sheffield's sixth collection of short stories...affirms his place as a central exponent of hard SF.... valuable ideas from a master craftsman." --Publisher's Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Pick (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612420303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612420301
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,236,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on May 30, 2004
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Georgia On My Mind is a collection of fourteen SF stories published between 1987 and 1994. It also contains an introduction by the author and afterwords for most of the stories.
In The Feynman Saltation, an artist with a brain tumor starts having visions of the past. In the Bee's Kiss, a convicted voyeur uses his skills to spy on a pair of aliens. In Millennium, a Christian tries to postpone judgment day. In Fifteen-Love On the Dead Man's Chest, a tennis game and a funeral lead to confusion and distress. In Deep Safari, a spurned lover rushes to the rescue in a small way.
In Beyond the Golden Road, a Christian monk finds a soulmate in the Great Khan's court. In Health Care System, a medical researcher creates a bleeding edge support system. In Humanity Test, Godwin's The Cold Equations meet Heinlein's Jerry Was a Man, with a new twist. In That Strain Again, falling leaves repel aliens from Vegas IV. In Destroyer of Worlds, space fanatics attempt ecological engineering.
In the Fifteenth Station of the Cross, the dying ruler of the world decides to bring a miracle healer from the past. In Trapalanda, a Andean explorer guides a blind man to an extraordinary discovery. In Obsolete Skill, a science fiction writer waking in the future finds that old methods work better for him. In Georgia On My Mind, a pair of computer geeks discover evidence of a working analytical engine in New Zealand.
The author is better known for his high tech, world spanning novels, but these stories show that he can produce small gems of science fiction as well. Of course, these stories are mostly about people who use or encounter some facet of human technology or alien supertech.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rick Jackson on July 15, 2013
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Fantastic storytelling by one of the best sci-fi writers ever. Great characters and plausible ideas. I would recommend this book to anyone...sci-fi fan or not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Corcoran on July 10, 2013
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In all the decades I've been reading sci fi, this author escaped my notice somehow. It's a real treat to discover him now.
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This collection of short stories includes the Nebula winning story, Georgia On My Mind. The collection is strong throughout. Enjoy.
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