Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian

Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian

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Stars is a truly unique undertaking, and an intensely personal one as well. It was born at the 2001 World Science Fiction Convention, but it was a birth that might never have occurred if not for a series of fortuitous events. The first was Janis Ian's visit to her friend Anne McCaffrey. It was there that she heard about the existence of Worldcon, the annual science…  See more details below

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Stars is a truly unique undertaking, and an intensely personal one as well. It was born at the 2001 World Science Fiction Convention, but it was a birth that might never have occurred if not for a series of fortuitous events. The first was Janis Ian's visit to her friend Anne McCaffrey. It was there that she heard about the existence of Worldcon, the annual science fiction convention at which authors, editors, artists, and dedicated readers gather every year. Anne insisted that Janis, an avid science fiction reader since the age of seven, had to attend a Worldcon. But it was not until Janis began an e-mail correspondence with Mike Resnick that Stars became as inevitable as the fact that the sun rises each morning. It was Mike who lured Janis to the 2001 convention, and Mike who began introducing her to many of the writers whose work she had adored for decades. When Janis discovered that these writers were as enamored of her music as she was of their writing, what could be more exciting a creative venture than to meld these two universes into one?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This dazzling, highly original anthology, ignited by the meeting of songwriter Ian and a host of SF writers affected by her music at the 2001 Worldcon, showcases 30 mostly superior stories, each based on one of her songs. Some contributors take Ian at her word that science fiction is "the jazz of prose," responding to many of society's sharpest wounds with bittersweet improvisatory descants, like Terry Bisson in "Come Dance with Me," David Gerrold in "Riding Janis" and Orson Scott Card in "Inventing Lovers on the Phone," tales that probe the angst of adolescence. Spider Robinson, in "You Don't Know My Heart," like Gerrold in "Riding Janis," deals with the societal rejection gays and lesbians often face; "Immortality," by Robert J. Sawyer, and "Society's Stepchild," by Susan R. Matthews, respond to Ian's poignant "Society's Child," a plea for genuine racial tolerance; Stephen Baxter's "All in a Blaze" and Nancy Kress's brilliant "EJ-ES" confront the pain of aging; and several alternative-world tales, especially Harry Turtledove's powerful "Joe Steele" and Howard Waldrop's "Calling Your Name," explore the entrapment of the individual by sociopolitical forces engendered by materialism. The entire anthology seems to vibrate with the death throes of one world passing away, while far stranger ones struggle to be born. Their commonality, Ian tells us in her introduction, is that "They have heart. They have life. They have truth." No artist-nor any reader-could ask for more. (Aug. 1) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
A Herald of Valdemar and her former lover risk their lives to save others in Mercedes Lackey's "On the Other Side," while in Tanith Lee's "Two Faces of Love," that greatest of emotions receives a surprising examination. These tales, together with 28 others (all original), pay tribute to one of contemporary music's most thoughtful songwriters. Based on songs by Janice Ian, these stories by the genre's elite encompass a range of styles, from dark fantasy to cyberfiction, with stops along the way for space adventure, high fantasy, and vampire tales. Contributors include Nancy Kress, Spider Robinson, Harry Turtledove, and others united in their admiration for Ian's lyrics. Most libraries will want to add this to their short story collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Ray Olson
“Stars are supposed to entertain; here they live up to expectations.”
Midwest Book Review
“An unexpected, wonderful collection of original stories.” – Midwest Book Review
Publisher's Weekly
“A dazzling, highly original anthology.” – Publisher’s Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480597327
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.75(d)

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Meet the Author

Mike Resnick is the author of numerous science fiction novels and short stories, including Dragon America, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Amulet of Power, Mutiny, Return to Santiago, and Santiago. He is the editor of This Is My Funniest and has won five Hugo Awards and the Nebula Award. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These stories were an interesting combination of two great creative minds.Resnick,who is a sci-fi writer and Ian who has written songs for decades.The stories are captivating and thought provoking and they 'jell' so well. A must read for the seasoned sci-fi fan as well as the novice and occasional sci-fi reader.