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Science Fiction Writer's Workshop-I: An Introduction to Fiction Mechanics Paperback – April 26, 2002
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This is a wild ride from one of the really inventive minds in science fiction. The stories range from thought-provoking to hilarious.
I'll second the motion of another reviewer who encourages a serious reading of the introduction. Longyear has one hell of a sense of humor.
Rating & Title
9 - Forepiece (Prologue)
8 - Collector's Item
7 - Dreams
7 - The House of If
6 - The Initiation
9 - The Portrait of Baron Negay
8 - SHAWNA, Ltd.
8 - A Time For Terror
9 - The Homecoming (Hugo Nominee)
8 - Twist Ending
10 - Catch The Sun
9 - Adagio
7 - Where Do You Get Your Ideas ?
Although the most loudly trumpeted piece in this collection is "The Homecoming" (which was nominated for a Hugo award), my personal favorite is, by far, "Catch The Sun", which could easily have been a major award winner in it's own right, if it'd been published as a stand alone novel. In hindsight, I'd guess the only reason it didn't get the Hugo nod is that it was published right on the heels of Homecoming, in the same calendar year, right after the latter was nominated ... and was thus ineligible. In any case, it's the best of the bunch, in my reckoning.
This collection is a solid offering by Longyear, even though the title is a bit obscure, and doubtless deterred sales by confusing people walking past it in the book aisles.
Style wise, the stories in this collection are an odd mix of quirky ideas, developed into stories by the author. Some follow the same general style as Harlan Ellison and The Twilight Zone motif, and others are more in the hard scifi vein.
Overall, this is a very strong and enjoyable collection ... well worth the cover price, even if you have to buy it new.
As far as the sequel, Barry said that he did write it. I believe it is a pdf book which you can order through his personal website for around $33. I plan to do that next year.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This collection of short stories from Barry Longyear is a masterpiece. There are no weak links here. Every single story, from the shortest to the longest, is fantastic. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Jesse B Ellyson
I bought this book back when it was first published and anxiously awaited the promised sequel, which as far as I know never came. Read morePublished on September 18, 2003 by ldswoman
Read the introduction in this book. I know introductions are usually a waste of space, but Longyear is hilarious. Read morePublished on March 18, 2003 by Mike Rossander