Heat of Fusion and Other Stories

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Heat of Fusion and Other Stories collects stories and poems written over the course of two decades. It includes award winners and award nominees, as well as some rarities, amusements, and astonishments. Here are short stories such as "Chromatic Aberration," "Preflash," "Erase/Record/Play," and the title story, "Heat of Fusion," that take us from the near past to the near future, and on into worlds of wonder. And there are poems, as well as the amazing "Cosmology: A User's Manual," the rarity "The Man in the ...
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Overview

Heat of Fusion and Other Stories collects stories and poems written over the course of two decades. It includes award winners and award nominees, as well as some rarities, amusements, and astonishments. Here are short stories such as "Chromatic Aberration," "Preflash," "Erase/Record/Play," and the title story, "Heat of Fusion," that take us from the near past to the near future, and on into worlds of wonder. And there are poems, as well as the amazing "Cosmology: A User's Manual," the rarity "The Man in the Golden Mask," and the moving "110 Stories," which has never been published in book form. Twenty-two works in all, gifts from the talent that Robert Jordan calls "the best writer in America, bar none."
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
These 23 stories and poems reaffirm Ford's position as one of SF's most versatile craftsmen. They range in tone from the playful "The Hemstitch Notebooks," with its musings on the perils of men shopping, to the stunningly serious "Chromatic Aberration," in which Ford invents new colors of the future while pondering the end of the ancient world. He also ponders death with Gene Wolfe elegance ("The Persecutor's Tale") and a dark wit worthy of Philip K. Dick ("Heat of Fusion" and "Preflash"). He deals admirably with a harrowing haunted house in "Tales from the Original Gothic," and brings life to the weary werewolf theme in "Shelter from the Storm." The misses are few: the too tongue-in-cheek "Erase/Record/Play: A Drama for Print" and the self-indulgent poems "The Lost Dialogue: A Reconstruction from Irrecoverable Sources" and "The Man in the Golden Mask." The best poems include the breathless science exercise "Cosmology: A User's Manual"; "Winter Solstice, Camelot Station," the only poem to win a World Fantasy Award for best short fiction; and the delightful "SF Clich s: A Sonnet Cycle," which reminds those in pursuit of immortality that "You do not want to live, who do not live." A 9/11-themed poem, "110 Stories," provides a fine closure to an excellent collection. (Mar. 25) Forecast: Aficionados who've been waiting for Ford's best short fiction to be collected under one cover will snap this one up, though hard SF and traditional fantasy fans will likely find his sensibility too edgy, too aloof, for their tastes. Ford is the author of the World Fantasy Award-winning alternative history The Dragon Waiting (1983), as well as bestselling Star Trek novels. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312869397
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

John M. Ford is the author of eight novels and dozens of short stories. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he is currently at work on a novel, Aspects, a fantasy with steam engines.

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Table of Contents

The Persecutor's Tale 9
20 Questers 23
The Hemstitch Notebooks 35
Third Thoughts 43
Chromatic Aberration 49
Cosmology: A User's Manual 85
The Man in the Golden Mask 89
Preflash 103
Letter from Elsinore 125
In the Days of the Comet 131
Windows on an Empty Throne 135
Erase/Record/Play: A Drama for Print 143
Winter Solstice, Camelot Station 193
Heat of Fusion 201
The Lost Dialogue: A Reconstruction from Irrecoverable Sources 219
Janus: Sonnet 231
Shared World 233
Shelter from the Storm 239
SF Cliches: A Sonnet Cycle 297
Dateline: Colonus 305
Dark Sea 321
Tales from the Original Gothic 341
110 Stories 361
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