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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Borgo Press (1 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587153831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587153839
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,402,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G Talboys on 10 Dec. 2007
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This collection of stories should be on the shelf of anyone who takes science fiction seriously. They are beautifully constructed, thought-provoking, well-written, explorations of the fringes of our perception of the universe.

Bayley is one of the most under-rated sf authors in the UK. He has produced some remearkable work over the years, and this collection is some of the best short sf you are evr likely to read.
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A profoundly engrossing, if not, wholly mind-bending collection of deeply philosophical sf by a truly unheralded Grand master of the form, Barrington Bayley. Some others have likened his style to Philip K. Dick, but I actually felt that Bayley's maudlin art was entirely his own. There is a blackened pessimism to these wildly disparate tales that got me on numerous occasions, especially 'Exit City 5' with its truly heart-freezing denouement; gritty stuff indeed, and certainly not for the faint of heart; added to that, there is a palpable sense of claustrophobia here; stifling; thereby creating a grim paradox, which many other sf authors boggled by the sheer expanse of space, with Bayley drawing the walls tight around the reader, until one is soon lost in the giddy, intemperate worlds of inner space. I especially enjoyed 'Mutation Planet' and 'The Cabinet of Oliver Naylor', both of these erudite tales agitated my synapses in a frightfully appealing manner. 'The Knights of The Limits' is damn near essential reading to any serious fan of bold and imaginative science fiction. I have never really understood the ubiquity of the phase 'mind-bending', an erroneous claim, since all minds are bent from their natal inception: I might suggest that, and I hope this doesn't sound trite, this remarkable collection is a generously mind-feeding affair.
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barkingly brilliant 28 Mar. 2001
By albemuth - Published on Amazon.com
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This is Bayley at the peak of his powers, barkingly brilliant. The thought experiments he weaves into a mosaic of energetic stories works its way to you like Borges on speed, a strange hybrid of Rudy Rucker, Italo Calvino and A. E. van Vogt - yet the core of it remains inescapably Bayley's own brand of strange sf. It's more like speculative cosmology, except Freeman Dyson would never have come up with ideas like Bayley's:
Like; what if the universe was completely filled with rock? And each of us is living in a little bubble in the rock. In other words, the basic premise of the story is impossible because the universe is not full of rock. But he's like, "what if it was?" And he goes on to describe attempts at space travel in this universe, the problems that arise, and ends the whole shebang with an orgasmic zen buzz to your frontal lobes. Wow. And then there more, each story going off on wild tangents into space and time and the lack thereof. If you think you're up for the ride, go for it. But be warned - this is NOT extrapolative hard sf, this is utterly original speculative stuff that will mess with your notions of reality and boggle the mind.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant 4 Oct. 2002
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It's easy to underestimate Barrington Bayley at first glance. His prose is a straightforward pulp style, without literary pretensions or stylistic experiments. No SF writer, however, is better at launching you into a weird universe within a few sentences and weaving a torrent of madcap ideas into full-throttle, action-packed plots. If you like the writing of Philip K. Dick, Alfred Bester, or Robert Sheckley, you're almost certain to be a Bayley fan, and this collection of superb stories is a good place to start. Bayley's work combines the social concerns of Dick, Bester, Sheckley, and Frederik Pohl with some of the more philosophical issues of "hard" SF writers such as Heinlein and Poul Anderson. Pure entertainment brimming with thought-provoking ideas --- what more can you ask from a book of science fiction stories?
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barkingly brilliant 17 Sept. 2001
By albemuth - Published on Amazon.com
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This is Bayley at the peak of his powers, barkingly brilliant. The thought experiments he weaves into a mosaic of energetic stories works its way to you like Borges on speed, a strange hybrid of Rudy Rucker, Italo Calvino and A. E. van Vogt - yet the core of it remains inescapably Bayley's own brand of strange sf. It's more like speculative cosmology, except Freeman Dyson would never have come up with ideas like Bayley's:
Like; what if the universe was completely filled with rock? And each of us is living in a little bubble in the rock. In other words, the basic premise of the story is impossible because the universe is not full of rock. But he's like, "what if it was?" And he goes on to describe attempts at space travel in this universe, the problems that arise, and ends the whole shebang with an orgasmic zen buzz to your frontal lobes. Wow. And then there more, each story going off on wild tangents into space and time and the lack thereof. If you think you're up for the ride, go for it. But be warned - this is NOT extrapolative hard sf, this is utterly original speculative stuff that will mess with your notions of reality and boggle the mind.
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