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Landscapes: Stories by Kevin J. Anderson Hardcover – March 2, 2006


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The 22 stories and two essays in this collection by bestseller Anderson (Star Wars: Jedi Search) showcase his competence at shorter length. The idea of landscapes informs his SF tales in particular. In "Music Played on the Strings of Time," parallel timestream hoppers exploit slight differences in place as they seek new music by established artists or successful drug therapies. The artificial ecosystems of "Prisons" keeps the hell of a planet undergoing terraforming at bay. In the postapocalyptic world of "Rest in Peace," civilization has disappeared, along with humanity. In his fantasy stories, Anderson lets loose with humor and fun. In "Frog Kiss," a man kisses a lot of frogs while trying to find members of the enchanted royal family, while in "Special Makeup," a mysterious makeup artist goes to extremes to prepare an unwitting actor for his role as a werewolf. Marring the author's readable style and capable plots are one-dimensional characters and a lack of surprises, but his many fans will find much to enjoy. (Mar.)
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Anderson's prolific output of sf best-sellers, including several Star Wars and Dune titles (the latter with Brian Herbert), hasn't reduced his output of high-quality short stories, as this collection demonstrates. Its 22 selections, which include 7 departures into fantasy and 2 essays highlighting Anderson's love of the outdoors, attest his wide-ranging interests and genius for technological flights of fancy. The first 5 tales focus on Alternitech, a company that exploits alternate time lines by unearthing and profiting from artists and drug therapies unknown in the default time line; in one, for example, an aspiring songwriter is unnerved to discover that he became successful in a parallel universe--and then committed suicide. "Job Qualifications" eavesdrops on a political candidate who tailors his public image by mining the experiences of his many clones. In "Frog Kiss," a man has to kiss a lot of frogs to locate missing members of a royal family. A generous variety of themes and settings should please existing Anderson devotees while also providing a warm welcome for new fans. Carl Hays
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star; 1 edition (March 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594144761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594144769
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,804,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kevin J. Anderson has written more than 125 books, including 52 national or international bestsellers. He has over 23 million books in print worldwide in thirty languages. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, Shamus Award, and Silver Falchion Award, and has won the SFX Readers' Choice Award, Golden Duck Award, Scribe Award, and New York Times Notable Book; in 2012 at San Diego Comic Con he received the Faust Grand Master Award for Lifetime Achievement.

He has written numerous bestselling and critically acclaimed novels in the Dune universe with Brian Herbert, as well as Star Wars and X-Files novels. In his original work, he is best known for his Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita trilogy, the Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series, and Clockwork Angels: The Novel with Neil Peart. Find out more about Kevin J. Anderson at wordfire.com.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This speculative fiction collection contains twenty two short stories that run the gamut from fantasy to science fiction but all share in common, Kevin J. Anderson's ability to paint seemingly realistic backgrounds regardless of genre. The width of Mr. Anderson's talent is showcased by the differing landscapes that make up his tales (and two essays) of which fourteen are labeled sci fi; seven fantasy; and three "The Great Outdoors". Ten of the stories are from the 1990s while three first appeared in the latter half of the 1980s; the rest are from this decade. The contributions are all fun with some being collaborations with Benford, Beason and Moesta. Two interesting essays round out this strong anthology so that readers will want to rush out to obtain it. Frogs, werewolves or Santa star in alternate universes or our world which adds great fantasy to this is first-rate pert compilation.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jay Driskell on January 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Hadda spend money for a big guy.

Said he wanted "Landscapes".

Therefor - - -

We both read it first - liked it lots.

Big guy liked it as well.

Merry C'mas.
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