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Unpossible and Other Stories Paperback – November 1, 2011
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Faren Miller, Locus Magazine: "With three outstanding novels and plenty of stories on his résumé, Daryl Gregory has found ways to explore the human mind and spirit - for good, bad, or any of the strange places between such absolutes - that seem very much his own in his first collection." tinyurl.com/7ynb7s3
Gary K. Wolfe, Locus Magazine: "...One of the most consistently interesting and yet least predictable writers of the last decade... Gregory can write so fluently and convincingly about relationships that he barely needs the machinery of the fantastic at all."
More About the Author
His first novel, PANDEMONIUM, appeared from Del Rey Books in 2008 and won the Crawford Award for 2009. It was also a finalist for several other awards, including the Shirley Jackson Award and the World Fantasy Award. It's a romp that takes in Jungian archetypes, superheroes, and demonic possession.
His second novel, 2009's THE DEVIL'S ALPHABET published by Del Rey Books, was named one of the best books of the year by Publisher's Weekly and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. The novel combines murder, quantum evolution, and religion in a small mountain town.
RAISING STONY MAYHALL, his third novel, also from Del Rey Books, appeared in 2011. It was named one of the best SF books of the year by Library Journal. It's a coming of age tale about the most polite living dead boy you'd ever want to meet.
Many of his stories are collected in UNPOSSIBLE AND OTHER STORIES, which was published by Fairwood Press in 2011. The collection named one of the best books of the year from Publisher's Weekly. Most of those stories appeared in Asimov's, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and a variety of "year's best" anthologies and foreign editions. His story "Second Person, Present Tense" won the Asimov's Readers' Choice Award and was a Sturgeon finalist. The stories run the gamut from neuroscience to religion to superheroes.
Daryl lives in State College, Pennsylvania with his wife, a couple of teenagers, and a passive-aggressive dog. He's online at darylgregory.com.
Top Customer Reviews
I first read the opening story in this book, "Second Person, Present Tense," several years ago. I've been using it in my high school Science Fiction class as one or our texts since then. It's an honest, heart-rending look at the world from a teenager's point of view, and at the same time is a kick-ass exploration of how a future drug might effect how our brain works. In other words, the perfect science fiction. High school kids who don't like to read, like this story, and kids who didn't think they liked science fiction, like this story. That's quite a feat for an author to pull off that double whammy.
The rest of the stories are profound in their own ways. I particularly liked "Persistence" and "The Continuing Adventures of Rocket Boy."
Highly recommended. This is one of my favorite books of the year.
And save the story notes for the end! It's far more fun to read the stories behind the stories and understand their chronology after you've read the entire collection.
I liked most of the stories, but I was looking for the weirdness I found in the above mentioned. Not that there was not enough weird to be found. I suppose I enjoy character development too much for short stories. So, I admit to it being my own failure and will go on reading everything else he's written because there is no one like him.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoy this authors sensibilities. He isn't afraid to mesh sci fi with fantasy and super heroes with real emotional implication. Read morePublished 21 months ago by charles laubacher
This isn't a review of the book which so far is fantastic but rather an indictment of the ridiculous limitations placed on this edition. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Damian Penney
Each little vignette offers such distilled ideas that it leaves a thick residue in your memory. Great little nightcap book when you don't want to commit to a long narrative.Published on December 21, 2012 by Zachary Hunter
This masterful collection throws the hemispheres of your brain into conflict--you want to slow down to savor the artful language yet race ahead to gobble up the plot. Read morePublished on March 27, 2012 by Elisabeth Rose