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Swan Songs: The Complete Hooded Swan Collection [Paperback]

Brian Stableford
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Review

"A quirkily entertaining blend of space opera and hardboiled private eye story". -- David Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, on Halcyon Drift.

"For most of us, early Stableford means above all the Grainger books ... In the Grainger books, he found himself having his cake and eating it, taking a lot of standard space opera material and subverting and deconstructing it like fury, while also enjoying it for its own sweet sake." -- Roz Kaveney, Interzone.

A welcome re-issue in one volume, complete with a new introduction, for Brian Stableford's six Hooded Swan novels. -- Starburst, May 2002

Another great offering from this small press powerhouse. (Altair)
-- Altair

In all honesty, this is a book it's difficult not to love unless you've decided to be wilfully grumpy. -- Jonathan Wright, SFX, June 2002

Synopsis

Grainger, narrator and anti-hero, is a cynical pacifist light years removed from the typical space jock, who is indentured against his will as pilot of the revolutionary starship "Hooded Swan". This work is a collection of all six "Hooded Swan" novels published in one omnibus edition.

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Brian Stableford's Hooded Swan series was first published in the early 1970s and redefined the genre of space opera. Grainger, narrator and anti-hero, is a cynical pacifist light years removed from the typical space jock, who is indentured against his will as pilot of the revolutionary starship Hooded Swan. Each novel pits him and the Swan against a new puzzle or menace while at the same time letting him pay off his fine, bit by bit, until he can call himself a free man again.

About the Author

Brian Stableford has written 75 books, including 50 novels. In 1999 he was the recipient of the Science Fiction Research Association's Pilgrim Award for his contributions to sf scholarship, completing his set of the four major awards available in that field - the others being the SFRA's Pioneer Award (1996), the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (1987) and the J. Lloyd Eaton Award (1987). His recent non-fiction includes Yesterday's Bestsellers and Glorious Perversity: The Decline and Fall of Literary Decadence, both published by Borgo Press in 1998. He also works in the field of the popularization of science, in which he is currently producing a series of "LabNotes" pamphlets on recent developments in medical biotechnology for the Education Division of the Wellcome Trust. He occasionally translates obscure 19th century fantasies from the French, his most recent endeavour in that vein being Paul Feval's 1869 account of Vampire City, issued by Sarob Press, 1999.

The Hooded Swan series was written while he was a postgraduate student at the University of York, initially in the Biology department and later in Sociology. He taught Sociology for 12 years at the University of Reading before becoming a full-time writer in 1988.

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