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Heliotrope [Paperback]

Justina Robson , Adam Roberts
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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ticonderoga Publications (8 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980781345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980781342
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,437,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Justina Robson was one of the two first winners of the amazon.co.uk Writer's Bursary in 2000. She has written a variety of Science Fiction and Fantasy novels and has been multiply shortlisted for various international awards including the Arthur C Clarke Award. She has taught creative writing at the Arvon Foundation and will be teaching Clarion West, the SF and Fantasy Masterclass programme in 2013.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and varied collection 2 Jun 2011
Justina Robson's sf/fantasy novels stand in an exceptional category entirely on their own, unique. No one has a voice like hers.

In this collection we get that voice in little microcosms - some of which refer back to her novels like the amazing LIVING NEXT DOOR TO THE GOD OF LOVE, and also (in the excellent pure fantasy story 'An Unremarkable Man')the Quantum Gravity series, but always in her imimitable voice. My own favourite is THE GIRL HERO's MIRROR SAYS HE'S NOT THE ONE, which does a typical Robson thing: it takes a universal sf/fantasy dream--come-true convention(to be a superhero) and looks at it from the inside, from the real life lived instead of the concept - where of course it's the normal, maybe even the boring life, in fact all the other considered possible lives the superhero could be living out there that look so very vivid, and the girl hero is not satisfied. In fact, that reaching out for the perfect life, trying to figure it out, needing to mix reality and imagination to have any chance of being fulfilled, is a wonderful thread running through this collection. As Robson herself puts it in her (all too brief) notes appended to the final story 'Regardless of prgoress in technology human beings have yet to deal with the real problems that have always driven them - the tensions created by their existence as individuals and animals of limited powers but powerful imaginations, for whom biology is still destiny and that destiny is death.' In this collection, Robson looks at this and much else with power and a lot of humour too.

Adam Roberts introuction is also very good, a serious, indeed almost academic assessment of her work, which is the very least this remarkable writer deserves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant author brought down by Kindle glitch 31 Jan 2012
By AnywayThoseGuys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Justina Robson is brilliant, the sort of author whose imagination provides solid, world-sized storylines which are driven by complex human emotions. Far as I'm concerned she could be Greg Bears's daughter. Or Neil Gaiman's sister. This collection is an excellent survey of her output which includes samples of her range of broad storylines. But there is NO table of contents, so bookmark each story as you read them or you'll never enjoy them again. Who publishes an e-book without a table of contents? Ridiculous.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Short Stories 22 Jan 2013
By Ramon E. Hall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This collection of short stories is disointed and the stories lack any kind of discernable message. I finally have quit reading the book.
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