Stable Strategies and Others

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Overview

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...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892391186
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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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Table of Contents

"She’s the Business" Introduction by William Gibson

Coming to Terms
Computer Friendly
Contact
“Fellow Americans”
Ideologically Labile Fruit Crisp
Lichen and Rock
Spring Conditions
Stable Strategies for Middle Management
The Sock Story
What Are Friends For?
Green Fire with Andy Duncan, Pat Murphy, and Michael Swanwick
Nirvana High with Leslie What

"Hooray for Eileen!" An essay by Michael Stanwick
Afterword by Howard Waldrop

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  • Posted February 22, 2012

    Book by Eileen Gunn, Forward by William Gibson

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    A pale shimmering horse

    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...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    A black mare

    She was laying a bit away from the pale horse, sleeping deeply.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Shade

    (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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Midnight

    Tonite perhaps?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Faye

    Yes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Frost

    She followed Faye

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