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Casey Agonistes and Other Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories.
Casey Agonistes and Other Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories.
by Richard McKenna
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A neglected unique SF voice, 28 July 2002
This colection is one of one of the most precious books in my collection. Too much science fiction focussed on very similar ideas. Mckenna deals with ideas of reality as Dick does in much of his work. Mckenna deals with it in a more interesting way not possessed with Dick's inner demons. The writing is at times flawed. The first story in this collection is over heavy originally twice as long as the version in this collection. Other minor faults (including the fact that it is v difficult to track down a copy of this) prevent me giving this work 5 stars. Anyone who tracks this down will be glad of the effort.
Mckenna is an author who deserves to be better known, deserves a reissue of his SF work. Fiddlers Green is amazing.

Mammoth Book of Contemporary Short SF Novels (Mammoth Books)
Mammoth Book of Contemporary Short SF Novels (Mammoth Books)
by Gardner Dozois
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb intro to SF novellas, 28 July 2002
Contains some of the best SF novellas out there from some of the greatest talents in the genre. Most of these works are now virtually unavailable anywhere else. Due to the superbly written and insightful comentary by the editor this makes the collection an ideal first port of call for anyone wishing to discover the wonders that exist beyond the TV and film tie-ins that dominate SF sections of bookstores.
The Miracle Workers is Jack Vance at his best. A wonderfully consise Future Baroque story.
The Star Pit is Delany at his least irritating. One of the most litary SF writers. Other works I find a little self absorbed and overly intellectual. This is Delany at his most constrained.
The Merchants of Venus is a great ride. I am surprised this has not been made into a movie as there is clear potential with this work.
The other works are all well worth reading. I cannot imagine any true SF fan regretting this purchase.

Manifest Destiny
Manifest Destiny
by Barry B. Longyear
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contains the classic emeny mine, 28 July 2002
This review is from: Manifest Destiny (Paperback)
The SF genre is notable for the quality of "short novels" or novellas that were written, at least during the hay day of SF lit mags. This collection contains some of Barry's best contributions to this genre. The stories all deal with humans at war with another alien race (bar one which is two groups of humans). Very fitting for our current times. The best and most well known work Enemy Mine deals with a human and an alien crashing on a harsh, unforgiving planet in which they must work together to survive. Quite political but very humane. Compelling SF that won awards in its day. The other works are all excellent and are linked together with short added bits of prose.
This books reissue is very welcome considering the lack of contempory talent in this genre.

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