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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312855265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312855260
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,005,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Good 'hard science fiction' stories are difficult to find, but with Michael Flynn behind the pen, you'd think they grow on trees. This collection of 10 stories shows how to put the "science" in science fiction and still tell a good story with real characters and intriguing plots. You'll find subjects ranging from time travel to space epic in this one, and Flynn isn't above crossing some genre lines when he needs to. Although some stories are better than others, they're all worth the price of admission. You can also gain some insight into Flynn through his introduction and afterword.

From Library Journal

This collection includes the Hugo Award- nominated title story, in which a time traveler lands in an alternate Pennsylvania, and eight others, most previously published, that are replete with skillfully drawn characters. Flynn (Firestar, LJ 1/96) provides commentary with each story. Highly recommended.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I'm currently ordering my 3rd copy of this book: my mother stole my 1st copy and my older brother got the 2nd. This one will never leave my library! Most of the stories in this collection are intriguing but not particularly of consequence. The exception is 'Melodies of the Heart'. Read it. Read it again. Read it some more. It doesn't matter how many times you read this story, you'll keep crying harder every time.
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By John M. Ford on April 6, 2014
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This collection of stories and poems by Michael Flynn is a good read. It's been a while since a single-author anthology has made me consistency late for all kinds of things because I just didn't want to stop reading. I can't comment on the poetry because science fiction poetry isn't my kind of thing. But the stories range from good to great. And they range in content, too, touching on a variety of themes. I'm impressed.

My four favorites are:

"The Forest of Time" centers around a likeable fellow lost among branching timelines. The first people he encounters are soldiers and they believe his story just enough to imagine its military implications.

"Great, Sweet Mother" introduces a lonely man sitting by the side of the sea saying goodbye to the things he has enjoyed in his life. When he is finished he will move on. The one-sided conversation format of this story reminds me of an extended Bob Newhart phone gag. Not that it's funny.

"A Spark of Genius" is about a writer who has found a winning formula for producing bestsellers. That it doesn't make him happy is no surprise. But the `why' is worth exploring.

"Melodies of the Heart" is superficially about an old woman recovering memories of the past and her doctor who is trying to understand them. This story is so good that I hesitate to say more about it. The characters are flawed, but likeable and the narrative is textured and believable. The writing is superb.

The post-story explanations by the author add significant value. Flynn discusses where some of the story ideas originated, how they developed, and why some of the central science fiction concepts interest him.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melody D. Snow on November 30, 1997
Format: Hardcover
_Forest of Time_ (the book) is a collection of classic Michael Flynn stories. Most selections are powerful stories that still satisfy even after rereading. (It was my second time for "Melodies of the Heart" and I cried as hard this time around as the first.) This is an excellent book from a master of the craft.
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