When the Great Days Come

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Millions of tiny robots dismantle Atlantic City. A Luddite encounters time travelers near the moment of Singularity. A young boy may have just destroyed the entire Eastern Seaboard. By turns haunting and humorous, Gardner Dozois's acclaimed short fiction is finally collected in a definitive edition of his work. Including Nebula Award winners such as "Morning Child" and nominees "Disciples" and "A Dream at Noonday," When the Great Days Come is a must for any science fiction reader. When the Great Days Come proves ...

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Overview

Millions of tiny robots dismantle Atlantic City. A Luddite encounters time travelers near the moment of Singularity. A young boy may have just destroyed the entire Eastern Seaboard. By turns haunting and humorous, Gardner Dozois's acclaimed short fiction is finally collected in a definitive edition of his work. Including Nebula Award winners such as "Morning Child" and nominees "Disciples" and "A Dream at Noonday," When the Great Days Come is a must for any science fiction reader. When the Great Days Come proves that Dozois is not just one of science fiction's best editors of short fiction, but one of its best writers as well.

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Publishers Weekly
This emotionally moving collection of Dozois's recent writing and a selection of his best earlier pieces—including his two Nebula winners, "The Peacemaker" and "Morning Child"—is a valuable reminder that the renowned Asimov's editor and anthologist also continues, if sporadically, to write significant fiction. Concentrating on the dilemma of how a rational species deals with its irrational urges, Dozois investigates the value and limits of forgiveness ("Dinner Party"), atonement ("Solace"), and religious belief ("Community," "Disciples"). Humans struggle to communicate with alien colonists ("Chains of the Sea"), rebellious computers ("Recidivist"), and animals ("A Cat Horror Story"). What redeems us are empathy ("A Special Kind of Morning") and the evergreen possibilities of life ("A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows"). Dozois demonstrates his range with classic fantasy, alternate history, and golden age–style horror as well as hard SF. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Whether a tale involving the repercussions of an American history that does not include Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox ("Counterfactual") or a reflection on the past century in the persona of an old man faced with the possibility of recapturing his youth by transferring his consciousness to a machine ("Knight of Ghosts and Shadows"), the 18 stories in this collection span nearly five decades, from 1971 to 2010, and illustrate the author's breadth of knowledge and storytelling mastery. Known primarily as an editor (The Year's Best Science Fiction, Vols. 1–28; Nebula Awards Showcase 2006), Dozois is also an author of short stories, novels, and nonfiction. VERDICT These elegant and eclectic stories should delight sf readers of every persuasion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607012788
  • Publisher: Prime Books
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Robert Silverberg 15

Counterfactual 21

The Hanging Curve 38

Recidivist 48

When the Great Days Came 63

The Peacemaker 68

Fairy Tale 83

Chains of the Sea 97

Solace 148

A Cat Horror Story 157

Disciples 164

Ancestral Voices (with Michael Swanwick) 173

Dinner Party 226

A Dream at Noonday 240

A Special Kind of Morning 251

Morning Child 287

A Kingdom by the Sea 294

Community 315

A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows 323

Copyrights and Original Publication 357

About the Author 359

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