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About the Author

A Nebula Award winner, Hugo Award nominee, and winner in the Writers of the Future Contest, Eric James Stone has had stories published in Year's Best SF 15, Analog, Nature, and Kevin J. Anderson's Blood Lite anthologies of humorous horror, among other venues.
 
One of Eric's earliest memories is of seeing an Apollo moon-shot launch on television. That might explain his fascination with space travel. His father's collection of old science fiction ensured that Eric grew up on a full diet of Asimov, Heinlein and Clarke.
 
While getting his political science degree at Brigham Young University, Eric took creative writing classes. He wrote several short stories, and even submitted one for publication, but after it was rejected he gave up on creative writing for a decade.
 
During those years Eric graduated from Baylor Law School, worked on a congressional campaign, and took a job in Washington, DC, with one of those special interest groups politicians always complain that other politicians are influenced by. He quit the political scene in 1999 to work as a web developer in Utah.
 
In 2002 he started writing fiction again, and in 2003 he attended Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp. In 2007 Eric got laid off from his day job just in time to go to the Odyssey Writing Workshop.  He has since found a new web development job.
 
In 2009 Eric became an assistant editor for Intergalactic Medicine Show.
Eric lives in Eagle Mountain, Utah.  His website is ericjamesstone.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Paper Golem LLC (August 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979534992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979534997
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,338,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Go buy this book.

Buy it, put it by your bed, or desk, or chair, or couch, or where ever you like to read, and then read it.

But don't read it straight through. Stop at the end of each story, set your head back on your pillow/headrest/cushion/ground and enjoy the warm sense of wonder that Rejiggering The Thingamajig And Other Stories will bring as it alights on your imagination, bringing a smile to your face and an eagerness to turn the page and find what is awaiting in the next story.

Repeat.

Eric James Stone is revelation, his writing full of the fantastic, wonderful, and imaginative world that marks what science fiction ought to be. Along with a delightful and surprising sense of humor, a cleverness for unexpected plot twists, and a taste for the quirks of human nature, Stone's collection is an utterly enjoyable romp through a mind that is ever interested in the world we live in and the worlds we might create.

In short, it is wonderful writing.

In the title story, Rejiggering the Thingamajig, our unlikely hero is a genetically modified tyrannosaurus rex, stranded from her unborn across the vast reach of space and thrust into the role of galactic savior.

Another, the Six Billion Dollar Colon, echoes both Stone's experience working for members of Congress and predicts the drama of vast, sweeping healthcare legislation...with a twist.
The short, one page Buy You a Mockingbird is poignant as it is parsimonious, showing a talent for language and story-telling in only an incredibly short space. Just a bit longer, but every bit as humorous as Buy You a Mockingbird is sad, Accounting for Dragons will leave anyone who has ever filed their own taxes smiling.
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Rejiggering the Thingamajig is one of the most entertaining and diverse short story anthologies I have read in a long time. It includes the Nebula award winning story That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made and 23 other stories.

The fact that every story appeared elsewhere, and most in prestigious venues, is a good sign that someone besides the author thought they were pretty good. Seven appeared in the oldest and probably widest circulation English language science fiction magazine Analog Science Fiction and Fact, six appeared in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, one of the major online magazines, and the rest are from a smattering of different magazines, including two from the Writers of the Future anthology. Stone won this prestigious contest in 2004.

For me the highlights of the collection are the bookends Rejiggering the Thingamajig and That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made. Rejiggering is about a genetically engineered tyrannosaurus rex that has to make a repair to an interplanetary teleportation device, without knowing a thing about it. I laughed out loud several times, noting that each comical situation actually complicated the dinosaur's quest still further. By the end I became convinced it couldn't possibly resolve well.

Rejiggering is in a completely different tone, delving into more--and more profound--themes than the average novel trilogy. It takes place within the sun where scientists have discovered plasma life forms, and a Mormon missionary attempts to convince them to accept human-style moral codes of behavior. It raises many questions, and answers enough to be satisfying.

Stone writes with a straightforward style, more reminiscent of Issac Asimov than Ray Bradbury.
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I had previously read "That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made," and loved it, so I wanted to read more of the author's short stories. Most of these were very good. "The Six Billion Dollar Colon" made me laugh out loud; it had an awesome twist. "Tabloid Reporter to the Stars" was thought-provoking and then very funny. "Loophole" made me giggle. "The Final Element," about a copied Stradivarius, was interesting, and I liked that he actually did his research and chose a specific Stradivarius (they're not all the same!).

Some of them were just okay, and I wasn't crazy about the bionic one, but when I found out from the author's note that it was basically an inside joke he wrote for a friend, it made a lot more sense.

I can hardly wait until his novel comes out. It looks fantastic.
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Stone has a lively imagination grounded in a solid understanding of scientific possibilities, backed up by a literate mind-set. The only thing denying him that fifth star is that these are mostly writing class exercises, some with fairly absurd premises. I have a feeling that he can come up with better ideas himself, and I'm hoping that he can build a novel (or ten) around them.
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By Summer Winter on November 2, 2011
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I just finished this book and was blown away at the author's ability to write in so many voices. I went from listening to dragons, to banshees, to highly techy space geeks, to demons... you get the picture. It was really amazing how Stone was able to write this way.

It is obvious, Stone is a master storyteller. I was amazed at his space knowledge, intentiveness, and clever creatures who (and "that" in some cases) he brings to life. He had me sucked into his stories at the first line of each tale. I will read his stuff again.
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