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Publisher Description

“Stross’s work offers a potent reminder of why short stories used to be the preferred delivery method for science fiction.” – The A.V. Club               

This selection of speculative fiction runs the gamut—from “Palimpsest,” a decidedly nontraditional time-travel novella, to “Dawn on the Farm,” an adventure of hapless secret agent Bob Howard (star of the Laundry novels: The Atrocity Archives, The Jennifer Morgue, and The Fuller Memorandum). Also included are “MAXOS,” a stunning example of the new flash-fiction form; his Locus Award-winning novella, “Missile Gap”; and “Unwirer,” a collaboration with Cory Doctorow. Rounding out the contents are “A Colder War,” “Rogue Farm,” “Trunk and Disorderly,” and “Snowball’s Chance,” four unique, genre-bending tales that could only come from the limitless imagination of one of the twenty-first century’s most daring visionaries, Charles Stross.

GENRE
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
RELEASED
2009
July 7
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
368
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
1.2
MB

Customer Reviews

bgilmore ,

Great collection of short stories

Stross is one of those writers who raises my blood pressure. As I read one of his stories it grabs me viscerally and I feel like I'm being pulled into a vortex moving ever faster and faster. When the story finally spits me out at the end I feel a sense of wonder: how exactly did Stross so fully pull Me into his imaginary world? And I'm also left with plenty to ponder -- one of these stories has a structure that puts a Dyson sphere (never mind a ringworld) to shame, with a fun plot that mixes up biology and politics. Stross is a writer whose inventive mind is simply a lot of fun to follow. This is a fine collection of his short work.

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