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The First Story Alone is Worth the Price of the Book
on November 9, 2011
In the spirit of complete disclosure, I know Daryl Gregory from seeing him at science fiction conventions, and I was asked to write a blurb for the book, which I gladly did. It's an amazing work.
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.