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  • File Size: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Elastic Press (March 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MG0ODS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,064 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chris Beckett was born in Oxford, England in 1955, and now lives in Cambridge, England. He has published three novels - Dark Eden, The Holy Machine and Marcher - and two short story collections: The Turing Test and The Peacock Cloak. He has been publishing short stories in the UK and the US, since 1990.

The Turing Test, won the Edge Hill Short Fiction Award in 2009, the UK's only national prize for single-author short-story collections. Dark Eden won the Arthur C. Clarke award in 2013.

More information about his writing can be found at www.chris-beckett.com

Chris Beckett's background is in social work and he has also written several text books on social work.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Max Rockbin on December 5, 2009
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This is the best book I've read in quite a while.
I ordered his other two books from Amazon before I finished it.

These aren't Hard SF techno stories. They deal with identity, reality, and paranoia. Philip K Dick like themes.
The difference is these stories are wonderfully written (no one ever accused Dick of being a prose stylist) and focus more on the human reaction artificial or alien context than on paradox and illusion.
They're just plain fun stories to read too.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Davenport on October 2, 2009
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Like probably every American who's read this book, I picked it up because I heard something vague about it winning a prize. I exploited Amazon's Super-Saver Shipping policy to get it essentially for free with a case of hot cereal. It took three frickin' weeks to arrive from England, but I'm glad I got it.

I'm glad, because Chris Beckett has a talent you almost never see in science fiction: he knows exactly when to end a story. If you read SF to be entertained, to forget your day-to-day life, and to forget the story itself once your cat needs feeding, then Chris Beckett is not the writer for you. But if you crave thoughtful, smart and subtle - something that involves you in the complexity of life rather than distracting you from it - then you will find The Turing Test very much to your liking.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen W. Newton on July 15, 2009
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It's too bad this isn't available from a US publisher, because it's a very nice collection of short stories. I don't agree with the "feels like first chapters" comment above. These seem pretty well self contained to me. They are faintly Gaiman-ish, but they are all science fiction, not fantasy. What I like best is Beckett doesn't generally feel much need to explain how things work; he concentrates more on the effects of technology on people than on how it works.

I find it interesting that judges who awarded this collection the prestigious Edge Hill Prize were so apologetic about liking science fiction stories. Maybe if they read more of them, they would realize Beckett is good but by no means unique within the genre.

I assume the $120+ price means these are collectors' editions, but I don't collect books, I just read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Arthur Theoret on November 12, 2012
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This is a collection of 14 SF short stories that I bought for my Kindle ereader. I have Subscriptions for both Analog SF & Fact and Asimov SF and this book reads like the best issues with story after story surprising me with great ideas and emotions. Very well written and immensely satisfying in variety and and color. If you have a subscription to Interzone you will recognize a few that were published in this magazine over the years. I hope you enjoy this collection as much as I have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Yanarella on September 5, 2013
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Chris Beckett has assembled a fine collection of some of his best early short stories--including two that ultimately became books. This collection demonstrates his development as an SF writer and his expanding set of key themes as a budding writer of science fiction. Even though much of his growing body of work is focused on technology and AI, there is a deep grasp of the dimensions of being human that radiates from these little gems.
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