- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: Subterranean; Deluxe Hardcover Edition edition (April 30, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596064420
- ISBN-13: 978-1596064423
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,603,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Best of Kage Baker Hardcover – April 30, 2012
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This collection, published by Subterranean Press, contains 20 excellent stories; nine have been published in five previous collections and eleven are uncollected. Several are set in the world of Baker's most famous creation: THE COMPANY. Here are the stories you'll find in The Best of Kage Baker:
1. "Noble Mold" -- (1997, Asimov's Science Fiction) Mendoza, the Company botanist, is sent to collect an important vine from an Indian mission in California, but the Indians refuse to give it up. Joseph, acting as a Roman Catholic priest, has to play a trick on them to get the precious vine out of their hands.
2. "Old Flat Top" -- (2002, Black Projects, White Knights) A Cro-Magnon boy climbs a mountain searching for God. It turns out that God is a Company Enforcer.
3. "Hanuman" -- (2002, Asimov's Science Fiction) When Mendoza meets a pre-human hominid at a Company R&R facility and hears his story about how he visited his chimpanzee surrogate mother, Mendoza must consider her own feelings about being human.
4. "Son Observe The Time" -- (1999, Asimov's Science Fiction, Hugo nominee) Before the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, a group of Company operatives is sent on a mission to preserve the city's important relics before they are destroyed.Read more ›
The Best of Kage Baker is a brand new collection from Subterranean Press containing twenty examples of her brilliant short fiction as well as a set of beautiful, eerie illustrations by J.K. Potter.
Baker will probably always be best known for her historical time travel science fiction series about the Company, starting with her memorable debut novel In the Garden of Iden. The first four novels in the series were originally published by Harcourt and, for the mass market paperback editions, the Avon Books SF imprint Eos. After The Graveyard Game, the series ended up in limbo for years until Tor picked it up. During that period, Golden Gryphon released a beautiful (but at the time somewhat confusing) collection of stories called Black Projects, White Knights: The Company Dossiers. After this, dedicated fans could occasionally find new Company short stories online and in magazines, but it took some work to get your Company fix and, mostly, it was a frustrating waiting game. Thank goodness Tor finally re-released the out-of-print early books and published the long-awaited concluding volumes.
Some of the short stories written in those years eventually found their way into the various collections Kage would go on to release, and others appeared elsewhere, in various anthologies or as standalone novellas, making them harder (and pricier) to track down nowadays.Read more ›
It always entrances me that Baker manages to address deep conundrums with a joy and wit that doesn't detract a bit from the seriousness of her subject...for example what it means to be human or what constitutes a moral society. Baker 's immortals are some of the few ever written that express both their human origins and the problems inherent to living forever with an essentially human psyche modified by the fact and experience of their immortality. No centenarians in love with teenage girls here.
In the new material, Are You Afflicted with Dragons is a joyous riff on the Pied Piper. Even Bakers love affair with pirates gets an outing.
The unpublished works are fun too. Usually, when a writer's "trunk" is inventoried after their death and unpublished works see the light of day, it is a mixed blessing as the quality of the unpublished or unfinished works often falls short. Not so with this collection. All of the stories are a joy and put a smile on my face and while not every one was a masterpiece of the level of Mr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Her final book. Some authors flatten out after while. This is a prime example of that, still it's a must read for a Kage Baker fan, which I am. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Greg
I started reading her "Company" novels as she was writing them. I miss her voice. This is a good book of short stories, some of the Company, other plot lines as well.Published 16 months ago by KWarner
Kage Baker's death was shocking and a great loss. She was one of the best writers working in both science fiction and fantasy. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Rosebud
The Best of Kage Baker (2012) is a SF/Fantasy collection. It contains twenty stories, of which nine were previously published in her works. Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by Arthur W Jordin
I have a copy of this book (Sub. Press hc -- o.o.p.!) and another copy for ME in my e-reader, but my sister needed an introduction to the late, great Kage Baker. Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by Susan O'Fearna
Reading science-fiction over a sixty year period I find it is not always easy to discover a new book, or a new (to me) writer who grabs you in the first few pages and lets you know... Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
For fans of Kage Baker it is a delight to have many stories collected together from various sources. Some of these stories will be familiar from previous collections. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by William H. Gebel
Some of these stories I had read already, but there were some new ones, too. Truly her best short fiction works are in this collection.Published on March 4, 2013 by companion