This collection of tightly crafted, highly imaginative short stories employs surrealist, satirical, and fantastical devices to explore politics, class, and gender. From creatively homicidal bioengineering to counter the stresses of climbing the corporate ladder, to a woman who loses a sock at the laundromat and finds she’s missing a bit of her soul, these science-fiction gems showcase an award-winning writer’s compelling vision of the universe. Computer pioneers, cross-country skiers, and aliens figure into these literary stories that challenge the boundaries of imagination with quirky, anti-establishment characters and visionary technological extrapolation.
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About the Author
Eileen Gunn won a Nebula for one of the stories in her first collection, Stable Strategies and Others , and was nominated for another. The book was nominated for the Philip K. Dick and World Fantasy awards. She has also been nominated twice for the Hugo Award. Eileen has been the marketing director of Microsoft, a board member of the prestigious Clarion Writers Workshop, the publisher of The Infinite Matrix , and she maintains The Difference Dictionary , an online concordance to the Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling.
Table of Contents
"She’s the Business" Introduction by William Gibson
Coming to Terms
Ideologically Labile Fruit Crisp
Lichen and Rock
Stable Strategies for Middle Management
The Sock Story
What Are Friends For?
Green Fire with Andy Duncan, Pat Murphy, and Michael Swanwick
Nirvana High with Leslie What
"Hooray for Eileen!" An essay by Michael Stanwick
Afterword by Howard Waldrop
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When you read Gunn, you remember that short fiction can be spare, beautiful, and deadly.
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Without Eileen Gunn, life as we know it would be so dull we wouldn't recognize it.
. . .Eileen Gunn gives us a lucid field guide to a veritable Galapagos of droll arcane and deeply-felt anomalies.
Very few writers have the range or impact of Eileen Gunn.
Eileen Gunn has a barbed-wire-sharp mind. . .unsettling insight into the way the world works. . .a wicked sense of humor.
Gunn's stories are in another league entirely. . .
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a short story collection by Eileen Gunn. It is not by William Gibson or Howard Waldrop. They wrote essays for the introduction and afterword, respectively. Silly computer!
Quietly wanders into the clearing, a gnawing hunger in her stomach. She cranes her neck downward, shooing the flies that are nipping at her eyes. She chews the grass, feeling happy from the earthy taste...
(Gtg. Be back tomorrow)Rears up finally being brave and whinnies. Then he races toward Thorn angrily. Then he stops and jumps the fence and heads tiward the stallion stalls.