Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian

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Featuring original short stories by 30 of Science Fiction's top writers, Stars is a huge anthology in both volume and talent. Each story, available only here, is based on a Janis Ian song and written expressly for Stars, creating a meld of jazz, prose, and science fiction found nowhere else—a treasure trove for fans of both SF and Janis Ian!

Stars was compiled and edited by Mike Resnick and Janis Ian and includes stories by Nebula winners and science fiction greats such as Joe ...

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Overview

Featuring original short stories by 30 of Science Fiction's top writers, Stars is a huge anthology in both volume and talent. Each story, available only here, is based on a Janis Ian song and written expressly for Stars, creating a meld of jazz, prose, and science fiction found nowhere else—a treasure trove for fans of both SF and Janis Ian!

Stars was compiled and edited by Mike Resnick and Janis Ian and includes stories by Nebula winners and science fiction greats such as Joe Haldeman, Jane Yolen, Gregory Benford, Orson Scott Card, and more. Included, too, a story by Janis Ian.

The stories "have heart. They have life. They have truth. They move me," says Janis Ian. "As an artist I can ask for nothing more."

Janis Ian, an American songwriter, singer, musician, columnist, and science fiction author, began her career singing in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1975, she won a Grammy Award for her song "At Seventeen" and has continued to wow the world with her music ever since. Her books include science fiction, poetry, magazine articles and opinion columns, and her top-selling autobiography, Society's Child.

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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: 9781480597440
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Janis Ian is a Grammy Award–winning songwriter, singer, and author. She lives in Nashville with her partner of two decades.

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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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Come Dance with me 9
The Scent of Trumpets, the Voices of Smoke 28
Finding my Shadow 48
Ride me Like a Wave 66
In Fading Suns and Dying Moons 72
On the Other Side 93
Nightmare Mountain 109
On the Edge 146
Two Faces of Love 165
Immortality 189
Hunger 199
Society's Stepchild 219
Murdering Stravinsky or Two Sit-Downs in Paris 247
Society's Goy 257
Second Person Unmasked 268
Play Like a Girl 279
All in a Blaze 292
Cartoons 302
Old Photographs 305
Ej-Es 319
You Don't Know my Heart 342
Riding Janis 363
East of the Sun, West of Acousticville 377
Hopper Painting 403
An Indeterminate State 423
This House 437
Calling your Name 455
Shadow in the City 471
Joe Steele 489
Inventing Lovers on the Phone 505
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