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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Small Beer Press (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618730754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618730756
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,185,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reviews for Eileen Gunn’s stories:

"Corporate satire and Kafkaesque metamorphoses gleefully collide."
Seattle Times

"Without Eileen Gunn, life as we know it would be so dull we wouldn’t recognize it. Among the five or six North Americans currently able to write short stories, she has not written anywhere near enough."
—Ursula K. Le Guin

“Reading this book is like getting to wear the eyeballs of a madwoman in your own sockets for a day. Nothing’s going to look the same.”
—Warren Ellis

“Gunn’s stories are like perfect little bullets, or maybe firecrackers. When you read Gunn, you remember that short fiction can be spare, beautiful, and deadly.”
—Kelly Link

“Eileen Gunn can’t make herself write enough fiction. Encourage her by reading this right away.”
—Bruce Sterling

“Fresh, unusual perspectives on ordinary life.”
Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Eileen Gunn is the author of the story collection Stable Strategies and Others and the co-editor of The WisCon Chronicles Two. Her fiction has received the Nebula Award and the (Japanese) Sense of Gender Award. She is the editor/publisher of the late Infinite Matrix. She lives in Seattle, WA.

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Eileen Gunn is the author of the story collection Stable Strategies and Others and the co-editor of The WisCon Chronicles Two. Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US the and Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy awards and short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. award. She is the editor/publisher of the late Infinite Matrix webzine and served for twenty-two years on the board of directors of the Clarion West Writers Workshop.

Recent Gunn stories available free online include 'Zeppelin City' (with Michael Swanwick), 'The Steampunk Quartet', and 'The Trains that Climb the Winter Tree,' (also written with Michael Swanwick) on Tor.com. Other stories are available on her website at www.EileenGunn.com.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Salus on February 26, 2014
Format: Paperback
I love Eileen Gunn. Even my wife knows I love Eileen Gunn. Eileen Gunn has only one flaw: she writes even more slowly than Howard Waldrop, to whom she once introduced me.

Eileen also collaborates: with Swanwick, with Rucker, ...

But she is always balancing on the knife-edge borderland between fantasy and the harsh reality some of you (certainly not she nor I) live in.

There are sixteen stories and a poem here. The first involves the Sasquatch; the second, the Golem; we later encounter Ada Lovelace and Waldrop's 'Day of the Cooters.' Oh, yes, and other entities in other places. The Joyce Kilmer Service Area on the Jersey Turnpike and Zeppelin City and a WWII battlefield in the Pacific. Or I think so. I'll have to ask Rabbi Judah.
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Reading Eileen Gunn's latest collection of short fiction, Questionable Practices (Small Beer Press, 2014), is like buying a grab bag full of fireworks, having a few beers and then lighting fuses...and with each fuse, you have no idea what to expect. Launch. Color. Bang! It's all here in an extraordinary display of virtuosity and craftsmanship. This collection is a perfect example of what contemporary speculative fiction should be, and Gunn is fearless as she leads us through the captivating landscape of her imagination.

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The three strongest pieces in this collection are "Up the Fire Road, " "Chop Wood, Carry Water," and "Phantom Pain." In "Up the Fire Road," Gunn speaks through the voices of Christy and Andrea: lovers and friends. The story begins during a cross-country skiing trip on Mt. Baker where the two find themselves tired and hungry and running out of daylight. They are befriended and given shelter by a sasquatch named Mickey, and after spending the night in the Mickey's cave, a love triangle develops with Mickey at its core. After several enjoyable days in the cave, Andrea becomes ill and thinks she may be pregnant. As Andrea and Christy prepare to leave, Mickey mentions that she may also be pregnant. (Yes, Mickey, the sasquatch, manifests itself in both genders.) Andrea believes that she's carrying Mickey's baby, and Mickey thinks she may be carrying Christy's baby. After Christy and Andrea leave the cave, Christy tries to generate some profitable press from the experience (as anyone could be expected to do), only to be embarrassed by the News of the World headline: "He fathered a bigfoot baby...and became a deadbeat dad.
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By Luke Hannafin on August 15, 2014
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Great stories from a master of her craft, (and some not-so-shabby friends.)
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