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"Sawyer is one of the hottest science-fiction writers anywhere."-Maclean's

This first collection of short stories by the man The Ottawa Citizen calls "the dean of Canadian science fiction" includes Hugo Award nominee "The Hand You're ...

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"Sawyer is one of the hottest science-fiction writers anywhere."-Maclean's

This first collection of short stories by the man The Ottawa Citizen calls "the dean of Canadian science fiction" includes Hugo Award nominee "The Hand You're Dealt," Bram Stoker Award finalist "Fallen Angel," Aurora Award winner "Peking Man," and Arthur Ellis Award winner "Just Like Old Times."

In these pages, you'll inhabit the mind of a Tyrannosaurus rex, join Sherlock Holmes as he solves the mystery of the missing aliens, and find out why Pope Mary resigned.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889954168
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/9/2008
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Sawyer-called "the dean of Canadian science fiction" by The Ottawa Citizen and "just about the best science-fiction writer out there these days" by The Denver Rocky Mountain News-won the 2003 Best Novel Hugo Award-the top international honor in science-fiction writing.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
The Hand You're Dealt 13
Peking Man 33
Iterations 45
Gator 59
The Blue Planet 73
Wiping Out 81
Uphill Climb 97
Last But Not Least 103
If I'm Here, Imagine Where They Sent My Luggage 115
Where the Heart Is 119
Lost in the Mail 139
Just Like Old Times 155
The Contest 171
Stream of Consciousness 177
Forever 191
The Abdication of Pope Mary III 203
Star Light, Star Bright 207
Above It All 223
Ours to Discover 237
You See But You Do Not Observe 241
Fallen Angel 263
The Shoulders of Giants 279
Publication History 299
About the Author 303
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  • Posted June 2, 2012

    Sawyer is the best hard science fiction author today.

    Great book but difficult to find in stores.

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  • Posted March 21, 2009

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    Both Very Good and Poor Short Stories

    I am not usually a big fan of the short story. There are some really good ones in this collection by Sawyer who in my opinion is the current best at the scifi novel. Each tale is presented with an introduction as to how Sawyer came up with the idea for the tale.

    There is an excellent tale involving Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson being drawn into the future to solve a puzzling riddle. There is also a tale about high school student who is kind of nerdy but smart. He is always the last one picked (or not even picked) for sports teams in school. He gets the ultimate revenge against the jocks that wronged him.

    There is are several tales that deal with parallel universes and dinosaurs. All in all I really enjoyed about half the tales and the other half were just so-so. Since you can skip over the tales that you don't care for, I give the book 4 stars based on the really good ones.

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