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Dan Simmons is a supremely versatile storyteller who seems equally at home in every literary form: SF, horror, suspense, even mainstream fiction. This collection contains five memorable novellas that show us Simmons the science fiction writer at the top of his considerable form.
In "Looking for Kelly Dahl," Simmons depicts an extended, hallucinatory encounter between an alcoholic teacher and his former student set against the powerfully evoked backdrop of the Colorado Rockies. "Orphans of the Helix" presents an unexpected postscript to the Hyperion saga, describing an encounter between a band of interstellar travelers and a pair of deeply alien cultures. "The Ninth of Av" takes us to the next millennium, where a "post-human" society has gradually developed in which anti-Semitism still plays a significant role. "On K2 with Kankarides," is a viscerally exciting tale in which three veteran mountain climbers attempt to ascend K2 in the company of a visiting alien from Aldebaran. Finally, "The End of Gravity" presents a powerful reflection on one of SF's most durable themes: space travel. These five stories are supplemented by Simmons' generous, highly personal notes, which illuminate his creative process. Simmons is a gifted, ambitious storyteller who never fails to provide provocative, intelligent fiction. Worlds Enough & Time offers a rich display of his varied narrative talents and is required reading for anyone interested in first-rate genre fiction, or in humane, literate fiction of any sort. Bill Sheehan