Terminal Visions

Overview

Richard Paul Russo is known for his dark and sinister views of the future and the human spirit. In his first collection of short fiction, Russo presents a wide variety of tales—“More Than Night” and “In the Season of the Rains,” tales of gritty alien encounters, and the ultimate road story, “Just Drive, She Said.” In other stories, the hopelessness of the human condition is examined—on Earth in “Cities in Dust,” in space in “The Open Boat,” and in an alternate reality in “Prayers of a Rain God.” Of the 14 tales, ...

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Overview

Richard Paul Russo is known for his dark and sinister views of the future and the human spirit. In his first collection of short fiction, Russo presents a wide variety of tales—“More Than Night” and “In the Season of the Rains,” tales of gritty alien encounters, and the ultimate road story, “Just Drive, She Said.” In other stories, the hopelessness of the human condition is examined—on Earth in “Cities in Dust,” in space in “The Open Boat,” and in an alternate reality in “Prayers of a Rain God.” Of the 14 tales, 11 are set on Earth—and Russo’s Earth can be far more alien than other worlds.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Terminal Visions is an outstanding anthology showcasing fourteen short story writings of Richard Russo. The compelling selections include science fiction themes (eleven set on Earth). The themes run from alien encounters to the human condition to triumph over seemingly overwhelming conditions. Terminal Visions very nicely documents why Russo, who has won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award and been nominated for the Arthur C. Clark Award, is considered on of the best of today's speculative fiction authors.
Kirkus Reviews
Russo's first hardcover is a collection comprising 14 tales, 1987-99, drawn from various magazines and anthologies. Astronauts and space travel are the dominant themes. A grunt in Viet Nam, rather than endure the war, opts to depart with aliens in their UFO. "Listen to my heartbeat" wonders whether cyborg astronauts retain their essential humanity; "Liz and Diego" find a couple of alien space suits in the jungle, and can't resist trying them out. When the space program collapses, an astronaut rejects the blandishments of the military, instead settling down patiently to wait until it revives. The occupants of a space lifeboat, trapped in a non-universe, slowly become unreal. Another astronaut becomes a rain god to drought-stricken aliens. A sculptor finds inspiration in an astronaut's death by slow degrees. When the Earth is destroyed, the survivors pursue a meaningless existence on one of Saturn's moons. And a man works for aliens who're pursuing incomprehensible goals. Elsewhere, the fear of disease prevents normal human sexual contact. A woman being pursued through alternate realities finds a willing partner. A photographer enjoys strange encounters and finds new motivations. And dreams that become reality complicate a far-future eternal triangle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780965590136
  • Publisher: Golden Gryphon Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 237
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Paul Russo is the award-winning author of several novels that have developed a cult following, most notably Carlucci’s Edge and Carlucci’s Heart. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTIONby Karen Joy Fowler LISTEN TO MY HEARTBEAT JUST DRIVE, SHE SAID IN THE SEASON OF THE RAINS THE OPEN BOAT LUNAR TRIPTYCH: EMBRACING THE NIGHT CELEBRATE THE BULLET WATCHING LEAR DREAM TELESCOPE, SAXOPHONE, AND THE PILOT'S DEATH CITIES IN DUST LIZ AND DIEGO NO PLACE ANYMORE PRAYERS OF A RAIN GOD MORE THAN NIGHT VIEW FROM ABOVE
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