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Think Like a Dinosaur: And Other Stories Hardcover – August, 1997

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This is a handsome, limited edition collection of the best work by one of the finest short fiction writers in science fiction. There are 14 stories in all, ranging from straight SF to tales that stray into the fantasy and horror genres. Of special note is the title story, which earned the 1996 Hugo Award for Best Novelette and a 1996 Nebula Award nomination. But all of the stories are excellent in their own right. An insightful forward by James Patrick Kelly's friend and sometimes collaborator John Kessel (Corrupting Dr. Nice) leads off the collection and explores Kelly's somewhat underrated career.

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YA?A unique collection of short stories that explore what it is to be human in the technological age, new scientific discoveries, and the dawn of space travel. The selections, representing a 20-year writing career, are easy to read and enjoyable even for non-science-fiction readers. The title story is set on a planet inhabited by intelligent dinosaurs who have discovered the secret of instantaneous space travel and who teach the protagonist to think like a reptile. Some stories are futuristic; in "Pogrom," the generation gap has swelled to violent proportions. Other stories appear, at first, to be contemporary fiction, but there is always a little twist to make readers shudder and realize this is NOT normal. "Big Guy" explores the implications of a future high technology world where people rarely meet face to face and everything is done via virtual reality.?Susan McFaden, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Gryphon Pr; 1st edition (August 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965590194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965590198
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,889,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

James Patrick Kelly has had an eclectic writing career. He has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, plays and planetarium shows. His most recent writing project is James Patrick Kelly's Strangeways, a series of ebooks for Kindle featuring some of his best stories. His short novel Burn won the Science Fiction Writers of America's Nebula Award in 2007. He has won the World Science Fiction Society's Hugo Award twice: in 1996, for his novelette "Think Like A Dinosaur" and in 2000, for his novelette, "Ten to the Sixteenth to One." His fiction has been translated into eighteen languages. With John Kessel he is co-editor of Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka, The Secret History Of Science Fiction, Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology and Rewired: The Post Cyberpunk Anthology. He writes a column on the internet for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and is on the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine and the Board of Directors of the Clarion Foundation. He produces two podcasts: James Patrick Kelly's StoryPod on Audible and the Free Reads Podcast. His website is

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Scott on November 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
James Patrick Kelly is a wonderful secret. If you polled a representative sampling of readers who call themselves SF fans, I would bet that not 50% are familiar with James Patrick Kelly. This is a shame because Mr. Kelly's work are of the very highest quality. This collection of short fiction shows off the very best of Kelly's stories and not one of them should be missed.
My favorite story of the collection is 'Mr. Boy', a wonderful novella about a 25-year-old who has re-engineered himself to remain in a 12-year-old body. This is Mr. Boy. Throughout the story Mr. Boy begins to mature, and he's not quite sure how to handle this. This 60+ page novella makes the entire collection worth purchasing, but there's so much more.
The wonderful stories "Rat", "Monsters", "Think Like a Dinosaur", and many more make this one of the most outstanding collections that I've had the good fortune to come across. Like all Golden Gryphon press books, this is an extraordinary collection from a very talented author. The Golden Gryphon imprint on a book is enough to make me open the wallet, even if it's an author that I am totally unfamiliar with. They put out excellent quality books filled with very good fiction. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This volume contains fourteen of Kelly's best stories,including twoHugo nominees and four Nebula nominees. The title story is the best known, and the most discussed, of all of them, seen by many as a response or follow-up to Tom Godwin's classic, "The Cold Equations." The other stories represent the best of Kelley's work, and make it available in a permanent form. This is the first volume from a new publisher, Golden Gryphon, and is a very well-produced volume. (I hope someone is bringing single-author collections such as these to the attention of libraries, since they provide the only way for most libraries to get some of the best work of today's leading authors.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Golden Gryphon Press has been publishing a long and wide range of single author short-story collections--and I must, obviously, admit that James Patrick Kelly's (author of WILDLIFE and LOOK INTO THE SUN) THINK LIKE A DINOSAUR AND OTHER STORIES has gained a special place in my heart. One of the leading SF stylists, Kelly's stories have a perfect blend of lyricism and sheer storytelling power; recently, he has earned well-deserved attention with his Hugo-winning stories, "Think Like a Dinosaur" and "10^16 to 1," respectively. Pick up this collection at all costs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Taylor on September 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
I first encountered Jim Kelly's well-known short story "Think Like a Dinosaur" as an adaptation on the Showtime re-boot of The Outer Limits when I was about fifteen. Though I didn't regularly watch the show, that particular episode always resonated with me for some reason. Later, in college, I read the short story it was based on and was blown away. If you're going to only read one SF story in your entire life, please read "Think Like a Dinosaur." Jim's real talent is his ability to craft characters that are wholly real and engaging. He brings a sense of humanity to a genre that is generally perceived as focused more on science and technology than people, yet his use of scientific ideas as a storytelling tool is second to none. My other favorite story from this collection is "Rat," an action-driven cyperpunk extravaganza featuring a drug-smuggling rat. There's a lot to like here, and unlike many other genre writers, Jim's work merits multiple readings, each one bringing something new to the reader. I had the pleasure of working with Jim Kelly at my time in the Stonecoast MFA program, and I'm happy to say he's not only a fantastic writer, but a brilliant instructor. Highly, highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Guthrie on March 5, 2009
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This is the first collection released by Golden Gryphon Press, back in 1997. It is mostly a collection of sci-fi stories, but it bounces around every genre, including one story that is just a weird tale about an acid trip by a group of friends in the 1960's. It's a very good mix of styles contained herein.

This wasn't a great collection, but it was very interesting, as I found myself reading through this collection rather effortlessly and quickly. The title story was memorable, as it tells how a race of dinosaurs came back to earth and helped them learn how to travel through space. Standing in Line with Mr. Jimmy was a fantastic tale of waiting in line for a new tomorrow. And the final story Mr. Boy was a novella sized story of a coming-of-age story in a weird future where rich people altered their bodies, and Mr. Boy kept on stunting himself to keep him the size and appearance of a 12-year old. All-in-all this was a worthwhile read, with some very good stuff within this collection.
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