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Barnacle Bill the Spacer and Other Stories by [Shepard, Lucius]
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Lucius Shepard (1947 - 2014)
Lucius Shepard was born in the USA in 1947. From the mid-1960s to the early 1980s he lived in various parts of the world and travelled widely. He won the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer in 1985 and also won the World Fantasy Award twice. He died in 2014.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1193 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway; New edition edition (30 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004K1EJ66
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #642,480 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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lucius shepard died a couple of months ago, his passing barely remarked upon. But in that moment genre fiction, and fiction in general, lost a giant, whose genius expressed itself best in the form of the novella, a hugely satisfying middle ground of fiction which goes unheralded and so probably robbed lucius of the fame he deserved. This collection captures him in all his glory, as do other incredible collections such as the jaguar hunter, the ends of the earth, and the fabulous dragion griaule (surely a future HBO series to equal game of thrones). His novella Kalimantan is a masterpiece of metaphysics, bitter and yet transcendent life experience and, somehow, hope. Mr. Shepard, you were a king, whose legend and influence hopefully will grow to match your brilliant body of work.
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By A Customer on 17 April 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This novella won a Hugo award several years ago. It is the first person account of life onboard an orbiting space station. Barnacle Bill is a rare genetic fluke of a mentally disabled citizen of this dysfunctional world. He becomes the locus of conflict onboard the station when the protagonist (the head of security) and the corporate boss come to blows.
The story revolves around a number of scenarios. What will life be like in orbit? What will the world be like in the late 21st century? What is it like to live so far from your family (as oilfield workers do now)? What is life like against a backdrop of gang violence, religious violence and unstable political conflict?
Barnacle Bill tackles these themes, and also offers an American authors take on cockney slang and a view of British characters that deviates away from the cliches of "English prigs" to offer an alternative view of the nation.
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