Fear Is a Cold Black: The Early Science Fiction of Kate Wilhelm

Fear Is a Cold Black: The Early Science Fiction of Kate Wilhelm

by Kate Wilhelm
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Fear Is a Cold Black: The Early Science Fiction of Kate Wilhelm by Kate Wilhelm

If you are in a plague-ridden spaceship with no idea what is killing off your passengers and crew one by one, what do you do? How will you deal with the panic and the fear, and your own feelings of despair that you may not be able to save the people you love? The protagonist's sense of helplessness in this story--one of Kate Wilhelm's early science fiction work--leaps off the page, making it clear why Wilhelm is considered one of the great writers of her time. She provides psychological depth to her characters, and although the themes may be common, they are never trite. Most of the stories in this collection of her early work are about love. However these present a vastly different picture of love from the clich�s of romance novels. It is forbidden love developing in a tense evacuation of a planet under threat of extinction, the ultimate sacrifice of love vis-�-vis a lifelong ambition to go into space, and the love taking roots in the heart of a solitary man for his robot wife. It is also the love of two people who have been shunned all their lives for their difference, and the love of monks for their God and their mission, willing to be together for hundreds of years with only a card game to stave off their boredom on their long space travels. More than just love stories, though, this collection talks about what it means to be fully human. Wilhelm deftly shows how, in the age of space travel and android beings, we can hold on to our humanity.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940043337306
Publisher: Wonder Audiobooks, LLC
Publication date: 07/12/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 159 KB

About the Author

Kate Wilhelm is an American author of science fiction and mystery novels. She began her writing career in 1956 with a series of science fiction short stories. Her debut novel was published in 1963 and was a mystery book titled More Bitter Than Death. Wilhelm’s best known series include the Barbara Hollowar mysteries and the Constance Leidl and Charlie Meiklejohn Mysteries. In 2003 she was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. She won her first nebula award in 1968 for her short story The Planners and won her first Hugo Award for her novel Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang.

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Fear Is A Cold Black 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Obviously written before she perfected her craft, not nearly the quality of her later work, but a fun read if you've read all her novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago