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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orb Books; Reprint edition (July 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312890109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312890100
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,526,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This first collection of short fiction from Resnick ( Second Contact ) features several of his most popular stories and an array of less distinguished work. Standouts include "Kirinyaga" and "For I Have Touched the Sky," two installments from Resnick's well-regarded Kirinyaga series, set on an orbital space habitat modeled on a pre-colonial African culture. These--along with "Over There" and "The Light That Blinds, the Claws That Catch," two "alternate Teddy Roosevelt" stories--are the most substantial pieces in the book. Some of the others are interesting but weaker: "Watching Marcia," a tale of psychological suspense; "Balance," a brief, effective homage to Isaac Asimov; and two canine tales, "The Last Dog" and "Blue." The remaining 20 stories are dominated by a smirky sort of humor that steals whatever power they might have had. Ranging from decent pieces that might otherwise have worked ("Beachcomber," "Frankie the Spook") to bits of almost embarrassing amateurism ("His Award-Winning Science Fiction Story," "Posttime in Pink"), the lesser efforts almost swamp the better ones--and Resnick's smug, self-congratulatory introductions don't help. Still, some worthwhile stories--if only there had been more of them.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

The author of Santiago (Tor Bks., 1986) and Soothsayer ( LJ 11/15/91) showcases his exuberant approach to the genre in his first story collection. Titles include "Posttime in Pink," "Monsters of the Midway," and 26 others.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Mike Resnick is the author of numerous science fiction novels and short stories, including Dragon America, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Amulet of Power, Mutiny, Return to Santiago, and Santiago. He is the editor of This Is My Funniest and has won five Hugo Awards and the Nebula Award. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is the book that introduced me to Resnick, and it's a great introduction. Resnick demonstrates a variety of styles and tones in this anthology, from the hysterical "Revenge of the Sugar Plum Fairies" to the deeply serious "Kirinyaga" stories. You can be sure there's a story here for you no matter what type of story you're in the mood for.
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This is a book of short stories that I read as an adolescent and just kind of latched onto. It is full of stories from every "mood" and really gives you a taste of lots of different kinds of science fiction. "Death is an Acquired Trait" is my favorite story in the book. Ever thought about immortality? You'll never think of it the same if you read this. I also really like how he leads you to make certain assumptions about his characters and turns them on their ear, or comes up with unexpectedly funny situations to write science fiction about. I liked that it had such a great mix of thought-provoking and amusing stories.
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This is one of the best sci-fi authors ever and this is an amazing mix of his works. Probably one the best books to cut your teeth on if you are new to Mike Resnick and a beautiful refresher if you already love him. It has comedy tragedy and poignant points all mixed up. Definitely a good read.
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A good collection of short fiction, mostly sci-fi, but a couple of fantasy and unique pieces mixed in.

As good as Resnick's novels.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This collection of short stories, with a few notable exceptions, has very little substance. This does not mean it is a bad book. Rather, think of it as a showcase, an author demonstrating the moods, voices, and genres he is capable of. It is designed to be very easy to read... with no insoluble concepts and no especially challenging ideas, it can be digested with ease by the average citizen and truly let them know if they would enjoy Resnick's novels.
I would normally give a book of this type a six or seven, but two stories in this book do not conform to the "Free Sample" style. These stories (Kirinyaga and For I Have Touched The Sky) are deeper and more meaningful than the stories that surround them. If the reader is truly buying this book for a free sample, he should ignore these stories, for they contain questions about cultural integrity and the effetcts of colonialism that quite belie the rest of the book.
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