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Get Off the Unicorn Mass Market Paperback – May 12, 1987
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My first thought when _The Rowan_ came out, and again when I first leafed through _Freedom's Landing_: "She decided to roll those ideas out of storage after all." It's been a little surreal, wondering if I alone remembered the original short stories. :)
"Lady in the Tower" (1959) and "A Meeting of Minds" (1969) - the predecessors to _The Rowan_ and _Damia_.
"Daughter" (1971), "Dull Drums" (1973) - Nick and Nora (no, not Charles, but Fenn) are the twin children of a farmer who's obsessed with having Nick enter the family business (he couldn't care much less about his daughter, or that Nick wants to work with animals instead). Guess which twin gets the higher scholastic scores? "Daughter" is a bit predictable, but these two stories are OK, really. They're set in what would now be the near future; the academic system works differently. The vibes are a bit like the _Pegasus_ universe, to me, without the ESP.
"Changeling" - This self-described 'unusual experiment in human relationships' seems to have some gaping plot holes. Claire, living with Roy and Ellyot (who have a relationship), apparently married her husband, Chess, mostly to have children.Read more ›
But the coolest part of this excellent collection of short stories is that it is the source for several of her best series:
Apple -- The Talent Series
Thorns of Barevi -- The Freedom Series
Lady in the Tower -- The Rowan
A Meeting of Minds -- Damia
And there is even a Pern story, The Littlest Dragonboy and a Brainship story called Honeymoon about Helva and Niall Parollan. A great collection!
I was a little disappointed though. I was expecting it to be another part of the "Pegasus" and "Rowan" series. My mistake. It's actually a collection of her earlier short stories, which was kind of nice to read. Some of those short stories went on to become full blown series. A few weren't as engaging as I have come to expect and enjoy with Anne's writing. But, it's understandable when you take into consideration that they were written very early in her career.
That said, this includes "The Smallest Dragonboy" which has started so many people on their journey to Pern and the dragonriders.
It also includes "The Lady in the Tower" and "Damia" which, at the time, were only short stories and in her introduction, Mum laments that she'd done nothing with them (they have since gone on to become "The Rowan" and "Damia" and the start of the 5-book "The Tower and the Hive" series).
It also includes "The Thorns of Barevi" which was later expanded into the mavelous "Freedom" series.
Some stories did not later inspire novels, including the marvelous and sweet "A Proper Santa Claus" and the rather humerous "Horse from a Different Sea."
If you want to dip your literary finger into Anne McCaffrey, this represents a smorgasbord of her abilities.
If you're familiar with her works this is a great collection on which to test for more stories.
As a Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductee and a Nebula Grandmaster, this is a collection which gives a sense of the sea change in science fiction that introduced strong women characters and stories that were as much of the heart as of the mind.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read all the stories years ago. They have become a bit "dated" but are still worth the read.Published 4 months ago by Georgia V
another great title from a writer who i wish was still here to give me more hours of reading their work.Published 8 months ago by kristina m.
This was a gift, I did not read it but the recipient really enjoyed it. It was just what she wanted.Published 11 months ago by GardenGerty
the book was very well read, easy to follow all the characters, found it very enjoyablePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer