Think like a Dinosaur and Other Stories

Think like a Dinosaur and Other Stories

by James Patrick Kelly
     
 
This first major retrospective collects Kelly's finest short fiction from a 20-year career and includes a dazzling array of work from hard science fiction, to Twilight Zone-ish fantasies, to stark, futuristic horror. These stories all show the frightening power of science to transform our lives while asking deep and searching questions about the future of humanity.

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This first major retrospective collects Kelly's finest short fiction from a 20-year career and includes a dazzling array of work from hard science fiction, to Twilight Zone-ish fantasies, to stark, futuristic horror. These stories all show the frightening power of science to transform our lives while asking deep and searching questions about the future of humanity.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Many SF readers will be familiar with Kelly's work from his novel Wildfire (1994), but more will know him from the frequent appearance of his short stories in genre magazines. Here are 14 of those tales. Kelly puts his best foot forward with the Hugo Award-winning novelette, "Think Like a Dinosaur," the double-edged title of which speaks to the foolishness of romanticizing technology as well as to the challenge of adopting "alien" mores. Kelly is exceptional when exploring the dark side of otherwise marvelous technologies, as in the cyberpunkish "Big Guy" and "Mr. Boy," the wry "Standing in Line With Mister Jimmy" and the sharp contemporary fantasy "The First Law of Thermodynamics." Less acute but still thoughtful are "Pogrom," in which the economic gap between aging baby boomers and the young incites civil war, and "Dancing With the Chairs," in which a philandering husband learns the error of his ways. Offbeat relationships are the focus in "Itsy Bitsy Spider," "Monsters" and the sentimental "Faith." Those familiar with Kelly's work will appreciate having his finest stories gathered together in one place, while new readers will be pleased to discover a writer of uncommon subtlety and imagination. (Aug.) FYI: This volume launches Golden Gryphon Press, whose editor, Jim Turner, was for 21 years and until recently the editor of Arkham House.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YAA unique collection of short stories that explore what it is to be human in the technological age, new scientific discoveries, and the dawn of space travel. The selections, representing a 20-year writing career, are easy to read and enjoyable even for non-science-fiction readers. The title story is set on a planet inhabited by intelligent dinosaurs who have discovered the secret of instantaneous space travel and who teach the protagonist to think like a reptile. Some stories are futuristic; in "Pogrom," the generation gap has swelled to violent proportions. Other stories appear, at first, to be contemporary fiction, but there is always a little twist to make readers shudder and realize this is NOT normal. "Big Guy" explores the implications of a future high technology world where people rarely meet face to face and everything is done via virtual reality.Susan McFaden, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Kirkus Reviews
From the author of Look into the Sun (1989), etc., a first story collection of 14 tales, 198497, including the Hugo Awardwinning title piece about the moral and ethical complications that ensue when intelligent space-traveling dinosaurs introduce a teleportation device to Earth. Also noteworthy: "Faith," a love story involving a man who talks to plants; "Breakaway, Breakdown," a witty, discerning piece consisting of responses given by a spacewoman—readers have to supply the questions for themselves; "Crow," an effective post-nuclear chiller; "Monsters," wherein a grotesque hunchback who turns out to be an angel drives a potential psycho-killer back to sanity; and the famous "Mr. Boy," a sort of techno version of Philip José Farmer's return-to-the-womb classic, "Mother." The remainder feature variations on: life on the future dole; fathers and daughters; dreams, impotence, and salvation; cybersex; adulterous guys becoming unpersons; the '60s generation; and a rodent drug courier.

An admirably diverse set of themes: readers attuned to Kelly's singular attitude and approach should find much to appreciate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780965590198
Publisher:
Golden Gryphon Press
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
275
Product dimensions:
5.73(w) x 8.43(h) x 1.06(d)

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