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Ingathering: The Complete People Stories of Zenna Henderson Hardcover – Apr 1995


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  • Hardcover: 577 pages
  • Publisher: Nesfa Pr (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915368587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915368587
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The People, the best-known creations of the late SF writer Henderson, are humanoid refugees who have landed in 19th-century America after the destruction of their own planet. Their abilities?telepathy, levitation and other apparently magic talents?help them survive, yet mark them as different. This useful and enjoyable collection reprints all of the People stories, including four that didn't appear in Henderson's two People books (Pilgrimage: The Book of The People; The People: No Different Flesh) and one that is new to print. One of the few female writers during SF's earlier years, Henderson provides a warm, emotional voice, prefeminist yet independent, examining issues of identity, loneliness, nostalgia and caring. The People stories, written between 1952 and 1975, also present a strong regional sensibility, depicting a rural Southwest as alien and charming as the People's own planet. Some may find these stories too sentimental, but their emotional integrity and deeply moral core will?as Priscilla Olson's too-short introduction points out?please many.
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From Booklist

Henderson's People stories reached the peak of their popularity when they inspired the 1972 TV movie The People, starring William Shatner. First composed in the 1950s and 1960s, the stories, including the previously unpublished "Michal Without," are here collected for the first time. For the uninitiated, the People are members of a race of humanlike, psychically gifted extraterrestrials who become stranded on Earth after their starship crashes during a space migration they refer to as the Crossing. Bound together by a series of vignettes about one human's encounter with the People, the 28 stories chronicle the People's adventures from the crash to their settlement in rural Arizona and their problems using their levitational and mind-reading skills in human society while seeking a new planet to replace the home they left behind. These tales may seem mawkish and dated by today's more sophisticated sf standards, yet they retain their raw emotional power thanks to Henderson's masterfully lucid prose. They will always occupy an important place in sf history for their treatment of parapsychological themes. Carl Hays

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 10 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am thrilled that the People stories are back in print. I read them years ago. I own all four of the books, including the hardcover edition of Pilgrimage. I love to share these wonderful stories with others. Now they can buy their own copies. For anyone who hasn't read the stories yet I have one caution. This hardcover edition has an introductory story preceding the first titled story "Ararat." "Ararat" is the true first story of the People and originally was published in a science fiction magazine first. I read it in the magazine and almost 40 years later I can still remember the shocking thrill that went through me as I read a certain line that told me that something strange and wonderful was about to unfold. Of course I won't reveal the line and spoil it for others, but all Zenna Henderson readers will know to what I refer. New readers READ ARARAT FIRST!!
A long time science fiction reader
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don Pierson on Oct. 30 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've read all of Zenna Henderson's stories many times over through the years and never tire of them. Each reading is as fresh as the first! There is humor, sadness, joy and just about everything else but it is the pure Goodness of her characters that always shines though. The paperbacks, which have gone in and out of print many times (and are currently unavailable) began intertwining the original "pulp" stories with another story in order to tie then all together and Ingathering maintains this format, and has one previously-unpublished story. This book is a must for anyone whether sc-fi is their "thing" or not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy L Mason on Dec 19 2002
Format: Hardcover
The People stories are something I read when I need a lift. They can make me teary-eyed, but that's more for wishing the People really were out there somewhere than anything. The basic theme is overcoming differences, and the underlying sameness that unites us all. If you want to teach your children, from about age 8 on up through their twenties, about loyalty, caring, sacrifice, honesty, and the superficiality of "differences," these are the stories that will help you do it. Or read them for yourself, and remember that there really is a Web of Life, and that you are a part of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan Duncan (musduncan@acs.eku.edu) on April 27 1998
Format: Hardcover
I am glad to find in "Ingathering" a collection of 'The People Stories'. As a young man I read them and felt that they were a charge to go into the world and teach, accepting people for what they were and for what they COULD be. My only regret in reading the book is to know that there will be no more stories to warm my heart and inspire my connection to the community in which I find myself. If Zenna Henderson has no remaining blood family, she has a larger family in those whom she inspired and encouraged. "The People" are an example of what can be the best in all of us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sharply honed on Feb. 15 2003
Format: Hardcover
For those who want a scifi tale with blasters and aliens who look green, then go elsewhere. The People look like us but are definitely different. And similar. Mawkish? Not at all. We are shown at our best and at our worst here. I wish I could explain the beauty of Zenna Henderson's prose, the images of time and place she creates. There is one paragraph of Valancy (my favorite character) doing something that I can *see* flash before my eyes, the imagery of the tales are that strong. I don't ever want these tales to go out of print again, it would be a great loss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol J. Simmins on Jan. 16 2004
Format: Hardcover
There are only a handful of authors that have moved me to laughter, tears, and wonderment in the same book. Perhaps the fact that Henderson herself was a school teacher, has added so much to her stories. I recently retired but I saw so very many of her 'characters' move through my classes year after year. She has a way of reminding us that there is always hope but she never tries to 'gloss'over the fact that death is still very real and painful.She plays emotions as if they were a harp and all who read her are the better for listening to her music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 26 2002
Format: Hardcover
These are great stories--the only quibble I have is that Anything Box and Holding Wonder haven't been reissued (I could use new copies of those too!). I disagree with some of the critics/reviewers--many of the stories in the other two books were "People" stories as well, they are just told differently.
I am also glad that there were some new stories that are in this book (that weren't in Pilgrimage and The People). I think this book should be required reading in schools instead of Harry Potter and other such drivel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By big city gal on April 26 2002
Format: Hardcover
Reading the reminiscences of Zenna Henderson fans was refreshing and lovely. They completely understood the greatness of her work. too bad the Critic, only read them for his "job" and didn't discover and enliven these books as vital parts of life. The REal Readers stood up and retold their teenage amazement at discovering these characters.. Approach these books with the open heart of youth and you too will be enriched by the journey.
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