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"Throughout the book, Bisson maintains a lighthearted tone amidst the darker atmosphere very well, and his playful incorporation of real-world humdrum amidst the science-fiction mayhem offers a lens on contemporary society." —www.RainTaxi.com

About the Author

Terry Bisson is the host of the popular reading series SF in SF, the editor of the Outspoken Authors pocketbook series, and the recipient of the Hugo and Nebula awards for his work in science fiction. He lives in San Francisco, California.
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Product Details

  • Series: Spectacular Fiction
  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: PM Press (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604864052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604864052
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,127,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved Terry Bisson's stories Macs, They're made out of meat, and Bears discover fire, the latter two of which are in his collection Bears Discover Fire, and so I was really looking forward to this new selection of his work. Unfortunately, except for the cover story, the works in TVA Baby are just not up to Bisson's best, and most seem too similar to his previously published stories. I'd suggest new readers of this sometimes suberb author read Bears Discover Fire instead.
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Leaner and meaner than his brilliant "Greetings," more focused than his eccentric "Bears Discover Fire," Bisson's newest short story collection has the least fancy footwork and most knockout punches of any in the last two years. Like Ted Chiang (and unlike, say, Neal Stephenson,) Bisson is less interested in new ideas than reinventing old ones, grafting his concepts onto familiar trees to have them bear mighty strange, sweet fruit. Like Paul DiFilippo and Bradley Denton, Bisson deals brilliantly in pop-culture references and the dumb genius of the Bubba: at least half these stories are satire pushed to such extremes that it goes round full circle and slams into reality from behind. All this is written in prose that seems as simple and fun (and is as difficult) as juggling. One of these stories, "The Stamp," a subtle and powerful argument for progress, progressivism and the Idea of Science Fiction, is on its own worth the price of the book. And it's only two pages. Consider the rest a generous and provocative dessert.
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This reads intentionally bad. I am a fan of hard science fiction and saw ..'Washington Post' ..'NY Times' on the jacket.

If this was a porn film, it would be categorized 'bondage and abuse'. It was sure torture reading the first twenty pages.

Yeech ..into the dumpster.

Jim
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Very tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic, unbelievable and a lot of fun. Watch out for the political messages!
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