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Time is the Fire: The Best of Connie Willis (S.F. Masterworks)

Time is the Fire: The Best of Connie Willis (S.F. Masterworks) [Kindle Edition]

Connie Willis
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An original collection of stories from the SFWA GRAND MASTER AWARD-winning author - the first original SF Masterwork!

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This new collection of stories from the multi-award-winning author of Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog contains:
A Letter from the Clearys
At the Rialto
Death on the Nile
The Soul Selects Her own Society
Fire Watch
Inside Job
Even the Queen
The Winds of Marble Arch
All Seated on the Ground
Last of the Winnebagos
Ten stories - which have all won the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award or both - are compulsory reading for the serious science fiction fan.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 701 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (8 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DUXY87A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Though not the most prolific of authors in the Science-Fiction pantheon, Connie Willis is nonetheless one of the most consistent producers of high-quality SFF. She is so adept at mixing both humour and tragedy, that I frequently find myself laughing hysterically at one of her stories one moment and, a page or two later, grabbing a tissue to wipe away my tears.

Though "Best Of" anthologies are often anything but, this volume certainly does justice to its title. It contains 10 of Willis' short stories, most of which have been previously-printed in numerous venues. But the wealth of supplemental material in this edition (Afterwords by the author discussing the genesis of each of the stories, and the text of three classic Willis speeches) make it well worth purchasing - even for those who already have all these stories in their personal collections.


This first-person account from the author, on the writers and stories which had the biggest impact on her and were most influential on her writing career, provides some real insight on her choices of subject matter.

"A Letter from the Clearys"
A typical teenage girl's angsty musings regarding how she is misunderstood by adults, and the difficulty of her existence, gradually devolve into a more harrowing account of life gone tragically, permanently awry.
(Asimov's, July 1982; Nebula Award winner)

"At the Rialto"
One of the author's trademark slapstick comedies, this hilarious entry recounts the collision of two very disparate worlds: that of academics specialising in quantum mechanics and theory, with that of Hollywood and wannabe stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read from the great Connie Willis 26 Aug 2013
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Connie Willis is one of the best current Science Fiction writers - some of her stories are off the wall but most are accessible whether you like Science Fiction or not - you should try her time travelling books Doomsday Book, Fire Watch, Blackout and All Clear - you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Connie Willis success! 25 Oct 2013
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She never fails to please. Some very smart stories with only
one a bit flat. The best female SF writer currently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars incredible range 12 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Something for everyone, my only quibble is the anti-communist/terrorist bit in Fire Watch, which comes over as pure Cold War US hysteria and ignores the political reality of England in WW2.
But generally compelling, well written and full of good ideas and wit.
The Emily Dickinson story is one of the funniest sci fi stories I have ever read.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Grrrrr 30 Nov 2013
Why is this called a 'new' and 'original' collection of stories? Because it isn't! Some of these have appeared in other books which I've already bought. I love Connie Willis' books, but even more I really hate getting ripped off (hence 1 star despite the writing being 5 star), so shall borrow this from the library rather than buy it.
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