Reality by Other Means: The Best Short Fiction of James Morrow

Reality by Other Means: The Best Short Fiction of James Morrow

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Reality by Other Means: The Best Short Fiction of James Morrow by James Morrow

Join the Abominable Snowman as, determined to transcend his cannibalistic past, he studies Tibetan Buddhism under the Dalai Lama. Pace the walls of Ilium with fair Helen as she tries to convince both sides to abandon their absurd Trojan War. Visit the nursery of Zenobia Garber, born to a Pennsylvania farm couple who accept her for the uncanny little biosphere she is. Scramble aboard the raft built by the passengers and crew of the sinking Titanic—and don’t be surprised when the vessel transmutes into a world even more astonishing than the original Ship of Dreams. Reality by Other Means offers readers the most celebrated results from James Morrow’s thirty-five-year career designing fictive thought experiments. Anchored by seven previously uncollected stories, this omnibus ranges from social satire to theological hijinks, steampunk escapades to philosophical antics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819575944
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 11/03/2015
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 928,212
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

JAMES MORROW has written ten critically acclaimed novels of satire and speculation, including Towing Jehovah, The Last Witchfinder, and Galápagos Regained. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Gary K. Wolfe
Bigfoot and the Bodhisattva
The Cat’s Pajamas
Arms and the Woman
The War of the Worldviews
Bible Stories for the Adults, No. 17: The Deluge
Spinoza’s Golem
Known But to God and Wilbur Hines
Daughter Earth
The Vampires of Paradox
Bible Stories for Adults, No. 31: The Covenant
Lady Witherspoon’s Solution
Martyrs of the Upshot Knothole
Auspicious Eggs
The Iron Shroud
Fixing the Abyss
The Wisdom of the Skin
The Raft of the Titanic
Acknowledgements

What People are Saying About This

Pamela Sargent

“James Morrow, a master of the reductio ad absurdum, is a thoughtful satirist whose sharp but never gratuitous wit takes aim at serious issues in beautifully crafted prose that is always a pleasure to read.”

Michael Bishop

“In these angrily compassionate tales, Morrow ventriloquizes Dante and Swift in writing as cutting as freshly strung barbed wire. Each posits an astonishing otherness that debunks a menacing human folly while also eliciting gasps or guffaws of outraged delight.”

Kit Reed

“No matter where—or when—he sets his stories, Morrow's a clean stylist with an accurate grip on the diction, the character, and the metabolic rate of the narrator. Intelligent and funny, this is the best kind of mind candy.”

F. Brett Cox

“Even as Reality by Other Means points out what is wrong with society, James Morrow never lets us forget that society is made up of individuals who matter, be they a soldier on the battlefield, a hitchhiker on the Ark, or our daughter the Earth. No one has used the devices of satire and science fiction to give us literature this smart, this elegant, this compassionate. I hope that Morrow, who understands that the only way out is for us to reason together, will forgive me for saying that I admire his works beyond all reason.”

Daryl Gregory

“Here’s undeniable proof that James Morrow is our Jonathan Swift—a funnier, more fantastical Swift. Morrow can be brainy and absurd, hilarious and profound, scatological and philosophical—all on the same page. After you stop laughing, you keep thinking, and that’s when you realize you’re in the hands of a master. No one else sounds like him, and no one else has sharper satirical knives.”

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