Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories [NOOK Book]

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From the gentle fantasies that include the wry title story-winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards-to ecological allegories; a horrific novelette about experimental excursions into the realm of death; and a first-contact mini-epic, this collection of short fiction showcases the wide range of Bisson's powerful talent. In every piece, Bisson's characters are just as absurd as their fantastic landscape, yet thoroughly ordinary, recognizable, and authentic. His pack of scientists, artists, rednecks, insurance ...
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Overview

From the gentle fantasies that include the wry title story-winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards-to ecological allegories; a horrific novelette about experimental excursions into the realm of death; and a first-contact mini-epic, this collection of short fiction showcases the wide range of Bisson's powerful talent. In every piece, Bisson's characters are just as absurd as their fantastic landscape, yet thoroughly ordinary, recognizable, and authentic. His pack of scientists, artists, rednecks, insurance salesmen, astronauts, truck drivers, owlish British gentlemen, and others will stay with you like your best friends and quirkiest relations.
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Editorial Reviews

Carl Hays
Bisson's critically acclaimed novel, Voyage to the Red Planet (1990), and this first collection of short stories together demonstrate why his name has quickly become one of the most popular in contemporary sf. Including the Hugo and Nebula award-winning title story in which bears forsake hibernation during an improbable evolutionary leap, Bisson's collection ranges in style from surrealistic satire to more traditional hard sf. His trademark wit is abundantly evident, for example in the burlesque, "Two Guys from the Future," spotlighting a pair of time-traveling art collectors, and in "Next," a dark farce on future racial laws that is skillfully rendered entirely in dialogue. In the high-tech category, "The Shadow Knows" is a brilliantly original variation on the theme of alien first contact wherein a retired lunar explorer attempts communication with an anomalous, shadowlike entity piggybacking a returning Voyager space probe. Every story showcases Bisson's keen intelligence and distinctive gift for deliciously wry prose -- which make him highly recommendable to story enthusiasts regardless of their genre preference.
Los Angeles Daily News
Witty, Graceful and memorable…if you enjoy alienated, confrontational fiction with a strong ideological underpinning, this book is a landmark.
From the Publisher
"Highly recommended . . . brilliantly original . . . every story showcases Bisson's keen intelligence and distinctive gift for deliciously wry prose."—Booklist

"Bisson's prose is a wonder of seemingly effortless control and precision; he is one of science fiction's most promising short story practioners."—Publisher's Weekly

"His quick jabs to the funny bone and the intellect often are more powerful than many a lesser artist's attempt at a knockout punch."—San Diego Union-Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597290807
  • Publisher: Electricstory.com
  • Publication date: 11/1/1993
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,340,406
  • File size: 794 KB

Meet the Author

Terry Bisson is an American science fiction and fantasy author, born on February 12, 1942, in Owensboro, Kentucky. His many novels include Talking Man (1986), Fire on the Mountain (1988), Voyage to the Red Planet (1990), Pirates of the Universe (1996), and The Pickup Artist (2001). His 1990 short story “Bears Discover Fire” won both the Hugo and the Nebula awards, and his all-dialogue story “They're Made Out of Meat” is one of the most widely-reprinted SF stories of the last several decades. He has published several volumes of short fiction, including Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories (1993), In the Upper Room and Other Likely Stories (2000), and Greetings (2005).

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From Canción Auténtica de Old Earth:

"Quietly," our guide said.

Quietly it was.

We glided over ancient asphalt, past ghost-gray buildings that glowed in the old, cold light of a ruined Moon that seemed (even though we have all seen it in pictures a thousand times) too bright, too close, too dead.

Our way was lighted by our photon shadow guide, enclosing us and the street around us in an egg of softer, newer light.

At the end of a narrow lane, four streets came together in a small plaza. At one end was a stone church; at the other a glass and brick department store façade; both dating (my studies coming through at last) from the High European.

"There's no one here," one of us said.

"Listen ..." said our guide.

There came a rumbling. A synthesizer on a rubber-tired wood-and-wire cart rolled into the plaza out of an alley beyond the department store. It was pulled by an old man in black sweaters, layered against the planet's chill, and a boy in a leather jacket. An old woman, also all in black, and a smiling man who looked to be about forty walked behind. His smile was the smile of the blind.

"They still live here?" someone asked.

"Where else could they live??

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Table of Contents

Bears Discover Fire 11
The Two Janets 24
They're Made Out of Meat 34
Over Flat Mountain 38
Press Ann 55
The Coon Suit 64
George 68
Next 78
Necronauts 88
Are There Any Questions? 121
Two Guys from the Future 127
The Toxic Donut 142
Cancion Autentica De Old Earth 147
Partial People 152
Carl's Lawn & Garden 155
The Message 167
England Underway 172
By Permit Only 199
The Shadow Knows 206
Afterword 251
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