Stable Strategies and Others

Stable Strategies and Others

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by Eileen Gunn
     
 

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This collection of tightly crafted, highly imaginative short stories employs surrealist, satirical, and fantastical devices to explore politics, class, and gender. From creatively homicidal bioengineering to counter the stresses of climbing the corporate ladder, to a woman who loses a sock at the laundromat and finds she’s missing a bit of her soul, these

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This collection of tightly crafted, highly imaginative short stories employs surrealist, satirical, and fantastical devices to explore politics, class, and gender. From creatively homicidal bioengineering to counter the stresses of climbing the corporate ladder, to a woman who loses a sock at the laundromat and finds she’s missing a bit of her soul, these science-fiction gems showcase an award-winning writer’s compelling vision of the universe. Computer pioneers, cross-country skiers, and aliens figure into these literary stories that challenge the boundaries of imagination with quirky, anti-establishment characters and visionary technological extrapolation.

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“Eileen Gunn has a barbed-wire-sharp mind, an unsettling insight into the way the world works, and a wicked sense of humor, and her stories are just like her. From Cobain High to the Tower of Diminished Expectations, Stable Strategies and Others is a disconcerting, witty, delicious read!”
—Connie Willis

“Not caring to scavenge the slipstreamed Sargasso that typifies so much of today’s American SF, Eileen Gunn gives us a lucid field guide to a veritable Galápagos of droll arcana and deeply felt anomalies. Long-awaited and worth the wait.”
—Robert Morales

“‘I awoke this morning to discover that bioengineering had made demands upon me during the night.’ Who hasn’t had mornings like that? It’s a strange life we live, and it gets stranger every day: Eileen Gunn knows as much. A sharp-eyed student of mantises, windswept deserts, Fibonacci numbers, and Richard Nixon, she unblinkingly faces this brave new world as if she’d started off the day sharing coffee with Kafka, trading knowing remarks about the preternatural weirdness of the world. Gunn shows us vistas and scenarios possible and improbable, suggests events that may or may not have happened, and invites us to stretch our minds and imaginations as she does her own. This book contains no end of treasures and pleasures for anyone fortunate enough to come to it, and I’m glad to have it close at hand.”
—Gregory McNamee

“Very few writers have the range or impact of Eileen Gunn. Her stories zip, dip, twist and turn, move from melancholy to mystery to magic. You are in for a treat. Enjoy!”
—Karen Joy Fowler

“Without Eileen Gunn, life as we know it would be so dull we wouldn’t recognize it. Among the five or six North Americans currently able to write short stories, she has not written anywhere near enough. But at least all of them are here in this book, an occasion for rejoicing from Manhattan to Makah.”
—Ursula K. Le Guin

“Gunn’s stories are in another league entirely—like Sturgeon or Chiang, she’s sui generis and anything but generic. Every one of these stories has a pleasing, sharp flavor unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. Especially the recipe for fruit crisp. Delicious.”
—Cory Doctorow

“Reading this book is like getting to wear the eyeballs of a madwoman in your own sockets for a day. Nothing’s going to look the same. Suddenly, the Richard Nixon Game Show and the girl with twenty-one fingers and the birds who need rest to die will make perfect sense. And your life will be better. So buy the damn book. It’s brilliant.”
—Warren Ellis

“Her prose is clean, effortless, and quirky (yes, all three at once) in a way that makes it possible for the knife point to slip right past your eyeballs and straight into your brain.”
The Spectrum Circus

Publishers Weekly
Hugo-nominee Eileen Gunn's collection, Stable Strategies and Others, showcases tales with fresh, unusual perspectives on ordinary life, including "Stable Strategies for Middle Management," based on the author's experiences as advertising director at Microsoft Corporation. William Gibson provides a foreword. Agent, Linn Prentiss. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781892391186
Publisher:
Tachyon Publications
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
4.98(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.65(d)

What People are saying about this

Stephen King
. . .perfectly realized horror. . .
Kelly Link
When you read Gunn, you remember that short fiction can be spare, beautiful, and deadly.
James Patrick Kelly
Open it and be dazzled!
Ursula K. Le Guin
Without Eileen Gunn, life as we know it would be so dull we wouldn't recognize it.
Robert Morales
. . .Eileen Gunn gives us a lucid field guide to a veritable Galapagos of droll arcane and deeply-felt anomalies.
Karen Joy Fowler
Very few writers have the range or impact of Eileen Gunn.
Connie Willis
Eileen Gunn has a barbed-wire-sharp mind. . .unsettling insight into the way the world works. . .a wicked sense of humor.
Cory Doctorow
Gunn's stories are in another league entirely. . .

Meet the Author


Eileen Gunn won a Nebula for one of the stories in her first collection, Stable Strategies and Others, and was nominated for another. The book was nominated for the Philip K. Dick and World Fantasy awards. She has also been nominated twice for the Hugo Award. Eileen has been the marketing director of Microsoft, a board member of the prestigious Clarion Writers Workshop, the publisher of The Infinite Matrix, and she maintains The Difference Dictionary, an online concordance to the Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling.

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Stable Strategies and Others 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
EileenGunn More than 1 year ago
This book is a short story collection by Eileen Gunn. It is not by William Gibson or Howard Waldrop. They wrote essays for the introduction and afterword, respectively. Silly computer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quietly wanders into the clearing, a gnawing hunger in her stomach. She cranes her neck downward, shooing the flies that are nipping at her eyes. She chews the grass, feeling happy from the earthy taste...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Gtg. Be back tomorrow)Rears up finally being brave and whinnies. Then he races toward Thorn angrily. Then he stops and jumps the fence and heads tiward the stallion stalls.