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Cosmic Kaleidoscope (Pan science fiction) Mass Market Paperback – 10 Feb 1978

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan / Pan; New edition edition (10 Feb. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330252941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330252942
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,491,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1st Pan edition paperback fine condition. In stock shipped from our UK warehouse

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By R. J. Hole VINE VOICE on 4 Dec. 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This a good collection of short stories by one of the best SF writers around. No single short story or novel by Bob Shaw can be considered 'great' but collectively his works place him in the top rank. The more of his books you read the more apparent this becomes. His characterisation is second to none even if his characters have a tendency to keep reappearing under different guises.
The hero of the first story, 'Skirmish on a Summer Morning' is a typical Shaw character, stubborn, strong-willed, man of action. It is actually a Western/SF cross-over story where a young woman appears on the trail dressed in an unusual silver material. The hero immediately gets into trouble protecting the girl from a couple of old enemies and ends up playing high-noon with his own enemies and 'The Prince'. There is a nice one-liner that offers yet another explanation of
the origin of Jesus. BS also solves the enigma of the Mona Lisa's smile in 'The Giaconda Caper', and the Yeti in 'Unreasonable Facsimile' and why rich people don't mix in 'A Full Member of the Club'. Several stories have an entertaining twist in the tale. The final story turns out to be a prequel to the novel 'Vertigo' in a future where anti-gravity harnesses are the most common form of transport. A Skycop is having trouble with 'Angels' (CG harness instead of chopper).
Many of Shaw's pieces of short fiction are humorous but in a more subtle form than Pratchett and co. He doesn't usually play for cheap laughs but writes in a light-hearted way without forgetting that he has a story to tell. Often the mad ideas and theories are the entertainment.
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HASH(0x98fbcad4) out of 5 stars Skirmish on a Sunday? Summer Morning is a very ... 23 Jan. 2016
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Skirmish on a Sunday? Summer Morning is a very clever tale -sci fi cowboy yarn that's sort of a fanboy classic. The other stories are a bit uneven but still entertaining.
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