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Ninety Percent of Everything [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Lethem , John Kessel , James Patrick Kelly
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From the collaborative team of Jonathan Lethem, John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly come two short novels of the near but-very-odd future. In “Ninety Percent of Everything” mysterious aliens have landed but nobody can figure out what they want. Enter Liz Cobble, a frustrated professor of sapientology who finds herself swept up in a madcap romantic adventure with an eccentric billionaire and an architect who designs flying buildings. In “The True History of the End of the World,” Chester Drummond, would–be revolutionary and one time presidential candidate, loses his way when his world is transformed into a utopia. The Carcopino-Koster boost has made almost everyone kinder, gentler -- and smarter. What’s a politician to do? Lethem, Kessel and Kelly, all established, award-winning writers with their own unique voices, harmonize here in two compelling stories reprinted for the first time.


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  • File Size: 425 KB
  • Print Length: 121 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: James Patrick Kelly (December 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QP7XGM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #928,691 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars too cute... February 14, 2012
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these are great authors (please someone, give us a kindle version of "good news from outer space"). but the longer, first story is too whimsical (for my taste, anyway). and the second is too short to have much impact. i much-prefer the 'solo' works of these writers...
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More About the Author

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction calls John Kessel, "one of the writers capable of bending the tools of science fiction upon the human psyche." In a starred review of his 1997 story collection The Pure Product, Publisher's Weekly said, "Kessel is our American Brian Aldiss, capable of the most artful and rigorous literary composition, but with a mischievous genius that inclines him toward speculative fiction . . . he writes with subtlety and great wit . . . plus, his sense of comedy is remarkable."

A writer of erudite comic and satiric short fiction, Kessel received the Nebula Award for his early novella "Another Orphan", a fantasy about a commodities broker who awakes one morning to find himself trapped in the novel Moby Dick, and more recently for "Pride and Prometheus", in which Mary Bennet from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice meets Mary Shelley's Victor Frankenstein. His short fiction has been collected in three volumes, Meeting In Infinity (which contains "Another Orphan"), The Pure Product, and The Baum Plan for Financial Independence (which contains "Pride and Prometheus").

Kessel has published three novels: Freedom Beach (with James Patrick Kelly), Good News from Outer Space, and Corrupting Dr. Nice, which writer Kim Stanley Robinson has called, "the best time travel novel ever written."

Kessel's story "A Clean Escape" was dramatized as the first episode of the 2007 ABC TV series Masters of Science Fiction, starring Sam Waterston and Judy Davis. Though he's taken time out to write plays and perform a role in the independent film "The Delicate Art of the Rifle," Kessel teaches literature and creative writing at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

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