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Fires of the Past: Thirteen Contemporary Fantasies About Hometowns Hardcover – Mar 1991


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; First Edition edition (March 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312054335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312054335
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g

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From Publishers Weekly

The science fiction writers whose work appears here have very different--and at times very loose--ideas of what hometowns can mean, as each revisits his or hers in fictional form. In Harlan Ellison's "Jane Doe #112," a man's home is where he finds it: Ben Laborde, who "had run off when he was 10," feels he has lived "half a dozen different existences." In "Wild for You" by Lewis Shiner, home is on the highway, as a driver moves from youth to old age on a day's drive that literally lasts a lifetime. And Karen Haber's "3 Rms, Good View" posits "the past as a suburb of the present": a young woman who works in 21st-century San Francisco commutes from a cheap apartment circa 1968. In some cases, ambivalence about roots constrains the authorial imagination--Edward Bryant's "The Great Steam Bison of Cycad Center" and Joe Haldeman's "Homecoming" border on the sentimental, while Robert Silverberg's "The Last Surviving Veteran of the War of San Francisco" is sketchy and implausible. Best and funniest is Ian Watson's "The Talk of the Town," in which a young man holds telepathic conversations with the depressive, slightly lunatic spirit of his village. Jordan, who coedited The Best Horror Stories from the Magazine of F & SF , contributes only mildly informative introductions.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

From Karen Haber's literal interpretation of "living in the past" ("3 Rms, Good View") to Connie Willis's enterprising approach to Hispanic-American history ("Cibola"), these 12 stories and one poem set in the hometowns of the contributing authors reflect a broad range of talent and artistry. Less focused than other "theme" collections, this volume belongs in libraries where short sf is popular.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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