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Terminal Visions: A Collection [Hardcover]

Richard Paul Russo

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1 Sep 2000
Richard Paul Russo is known for his dark and sinister views of the future and the human spirit. In his first collection of short fiction, Russo presents a wide variety of tales-"More Than Night" and "In the Season of the Rains," tales of gritty alien encounters, and the ultimate road story, "Just Drive, She Said." In other stories, the hopelessness of the human condition is examined-on Earth in "Cities in Dust," in space in "The Open Boat," and in an alternate reality in "Prayers of a Rain God." Of the 14 tales, 11 are set on Earth-and Russo's Earth can be far more alien than other worlds.

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"Russo has an excellent eye for the urban landscape [and] the crime writer's well-tuned ear for vernacular." -- Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nominated for the Arthur C. Clark Award 11 Feb 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Terminal Visions is an outstanding anthology showcasing fourteen short story writings of Richard Russo. The compelling selections include science fiction themes (eleven set on Earth). The themes run from alien encounters to the human condition to triumph over seemingly overwhelming conditions. Terminal Visions very nicely documents why Russo, who has won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award and been nominated for the Arthur C. Clark Award, is considered on of the best of today's speculative fiction authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Concise Russo 4 Jan 2001
By Robert Carlberg - Published on Amazon.com
Russo's novels (at least the ones I've read, Carlucci's Edge and Carlucci's Heart) offer a dark, Blade-Runneresque vision of a near-future San Francisco in which chaos rules the streets and cops keep their heads down.
Terminal Visions is both wider and narrower -- wider in that these short stories are set in a variety of locales with differing casts, different premises, and different tones (although 'noir' seems to be the prevailing one). Narrower in that, like John Varley's short stories, these are miniature universes unto themselves, sketching out in a few hundred words an entire scenario for a possible future. Russo's spare use of language, and haunting ideas, make this one of the best and most thought-provoking collections of shorts I've read since The Barbie Murders.
Wonderful stuff.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terminal Visons 16 Sep 2000
By Gary S. Potter - Published on Amazon.com
Russo's stories are grim and gritty, stark and bleak glimpses into the dark dystopia of the near future. His vision is powerful and haunting, darkly perceptive and prophetic in the terminal rites of passage...
Gary S. Potter Author/Poet
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, haunting 23 Jan 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Enjoy fourteen fine stories which are set on Earth and which paint very different stories of men who dream of space, other worlds, and salvation. From urban gun scenes to solar contemplation, the backgrounds are different but the visions - ultimately of hope - are similar and moving. Highly recommended, haunting.
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