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Will the Last Person to Leave the Planet Please Shut Off the Sun? Hardcover – August, 1992

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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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (August 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312852762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312852764
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,129,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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An excellent read overall, from the serious (Kirin-yaga stories) to humorous (God and Mr. Slattery). Publishers Weekly refers to his chapter openings as smug & self- congratulatory. Nope, try serious and humorous observation of himself and life around him.
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