Viewpoints Critical: Selected Stories [NOOK Book]

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This is the first story collection ever from bestselling fantasy and science fiction writer L. E. Modesitt, Jr. Modesitt began publishing short fiction in the SF magazines in the 1970s, and this collection includes a selection of stories from the whole of his career. Some of the early stories are kernels for his early SF novels, others display the wide range of his talents and interests, from satire to military adventure.

This book also contains three new stories that have never...

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Overview

This is the first story collection ever from bestselling fantasy and science fiction writer L. E. Modesitt, Jr. Modesitt began publishing short fiction in the SF magazines in the 1970s, and this collection includes a selection of stories from the whole of his career. Some of the early stories are kernels for his early SF novels, others display the wide range of his talents and interests, from satire to military adventure.

This book also contains three new stories that have never been published before: "Black Ordermage," set in Modesitt's bestselling Recluce series; "Beyond the Obvious Wind," set in his Corean Chronicles universe; and "Always Outside the Lines," which is related to the Ghost of Columbia books. Viewpoints Critical is an excellent introduction to the work of one of the major SF and fantasy writers publishing today.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

This impressive collection of reprints dating back to 1973 and a handful of new stories displays Modesitt's breadth of experience and knowledge to great effect. "The Great American Economy" mocks those who micromanage the national economy for political advantage. "Rule of Law" elegantly revives the age-old topic of computerized justice. "Iron Man, Plastic Ships" draws powerfully on Modesitt's experience as a navy helicopter pilot in Vietnam, as does "The Swan Pilot," a modernized fairy tale with a twist. "Beyond the Obvious Wind" connects with the Corean Chronicles as "Black Ordermage" and "Sisters of Sarronnyn, Sisters of Westwind" do with the Recluce saga. As in Modesitt's novels, eloquent prose and skilled characterization are evident, only slightly diminished by occasional outbreaks of slow pacing. Readers will find this an excellent showcase of a very fine writer's highest quality work. (Mar.)

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The collection amply demonstrates [Modesitt's] probing intelligence and the breathtaking range of his inquiries.

"This impressive collection of reprints dating back to 1973 and a handful of new stories displays Modesitt's breadth of experience and knowledge to great effect. As in Modesitt's novels, eloquent prose and skilled characterization are evident."

"L. E. Modesitt's character development is top-notch. If you haven't read anything by him, pick up this book and introduce yourself."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429984133
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 670,036
  • File size: 471 KB

Meet the Author

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and Archform: Beauty. Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.


L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and Archform: Beauty. Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Superb anthology

    This enjoyable anthology contains nineteen previously published stories three never published before including a Recluce tale five from 1973 to 1990 the remainder since 2000. Two tales are set in the Recluce universe ('Black Ordermage' and 'Sisters of Sarronym, Sisters of Westwind¿) require understanding of that realm to grasp what is fully going on for die hard fans of that saga will enjoy finding out how Cassis became a Recluce. A ¿what if¿ tale set in the realm of the Corean Chronicles (¿Beyond the Obvious Wind¿) in which the author¿s introduction explains that this was his pre-novel efforts to set some ground rules though this does not require reading the Corean tales, it is fun to compare the changes from this original short to what followed. This reviewer¿s favorite contributions are 'News Clips from the NYC Ruins' that is reminiscent of the 1960s cult film Fillard Millmore as an amusing cautionary tale that highlights the future downfall of the United States and 1973¿s ¿The Great American Economy¿ summed up by the author in his Introduction to this piece¿ ¿forecast some of what later became known as cybercrime ¿¿. Although these are short stories, for the most part the characters are fully developed or developed enough to carry the tale. Fans of author will appreciate this superb compilation while newcomers obtain a taste of a terrific author.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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