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The Collected Stories of Greg Bear [Paperback]

Greg Bear
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March 19 2003 Tom Doherty Associates Books
Greg Bear is one of the greatest science fiction writers of the late twentieth century. He has a powerful voice, combining the intense rationality of science with the intensely passionate characters that can only be created by a writer who loves humanity. Bear’s novel Moving Mars won the Nebula Award in 1994, and he did it again, in 2000, with Darwin’s Radio. He has been honored with Hugo and Nebula nominations for novel-length work eight more times.

But Greg Bear’s short fiction is even more astounding, as this powerful career retrospective demonstrates. This collection contains Bear’s earliest published fiction from the late 1960s and early 1970s as well his remarkable award-winning work from the ‘80s and ‘90s—stories like the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novella- length version of “Blood Music” and the Hugo and Nebula Award-winner “Tangents.”

This Collection is enhanced by brand-new introductions for each story, commentary, and reminiscences by Greg Bear.

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This collection of Greg Bear's major short fiction ably demonstrates why Bear is one of science fiction's most popular authors. The multiple Hugo and Nebula award winner offers here a feast of his most famous stories and novellas, accompanied by thoughtful introductions and afterwords that provide insight into the writer and his process. Standouts include "Blood Music," a precise and chilling tale of human cells that become individually intelligent; "The Wind from a Burning Woman," in which despair and anger inspire a young woman's terrible act of vengeance; "The White Horse Child," a loving look at the nascence of the creative impulse; and "Dead Run," in which the road to hell is paved with concrete, and not all intentions are good. This extensive collection is chock full of good stories told with Bear's characteristic intelligence and flair. While he examines big questions of science, politics and religion, Bear's driving force as a writer is his curiosity about the human spirit. --Roz Genessee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fans will welcome The Collected Stories of Greg Bear, a hefty compendium of shorter fiction from the Hugo and Nebula awards winner. Introductions to each story, an illuminating general introduction and an appendix with Bear's commentary on his work enhance the package.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Greg Bear Stuns! March 14 2003
By Akimo
Format:Hardcover
This is an astonishing series of stories. It seems almost impossible that one mind could cover this kind of scope and do it so entertainingly and well.
As you can tell, I LOVED this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong anthology Sept. 14 2002
By Harriet Klausner TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Greg Bear is the winner of numerous prestigious awards in all the categories. This particular collection contains many of his short stories (21), and three novellas. The stories have all been printed before, but not in one volume and would be impossible to obtain in their original format. Each tale includes an introduction that is new. Fans of the author and science fiction readers in general will relish The Collected Works of Greg Bear in spite of the near breaking of the $30.00 barrier as this anthology displays the talent of one of the late twentieth century genre's top spinners.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong anthology Sept. 14 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Greg Bear is the winner of numerous prestigious awards in all the categories. This particular collection contains many of his short stories (21), and three novellas. The stories have all been printed before, but not in one volume and would be impossible to obtain in their original format. Each tale includes an introduction that is new. Fans of the author and science fiction readers in general will relish The Collected Works of Greg Bear in spite of the near breaking of the $30.00 barrier as this anthology displays the talent of one of the late twentieth century genre's top spinners.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it if you like Bear or really good sci-fi July 20 2008
By Pete - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This gets a five out of five easily. No, not every story is that good, and as a matter of fact there are a couple stories that I didn't like, and I think one or two that I couldn't even get through. But this compilation has the novella Hardfought, a story that Bear himself says may be the best thing he's ever written in the foreword, and I think he might be right. Hardfought is one of the best far future stories that's been written, and ranks up there with Frank Herbert and such as far as quality goes. It would earn this collection 5 out of 5 even if the rest of the stories were nothing but Harry Potter fan fiction... just ignore the poetry.

The compilation also has the short story Blood Music, which I thought was much better than the full novel, so that may be of interest to Bear fans.

There are a few other stories of very good quality, such as Judgment Engine and The Venging, and the rest- with some exceptions- are all pretty good.

At 16$ this book is a really good deal. I'm pretty sure I paid around more than that and I don't regret it at all.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greg Bear Stuns! March 14 2003
By Akimo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an astonishing series of stories. It seems almost impossible that one mind could cover this kind of scope and do it so entertainingly and well.
As you can tell, I LOVED this book!
4.0 out of 5 stars link to legitimate listing Nov. 28 2007
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Free SF Reader Sept. 29 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A large collection from Bear. He talks about how he is not really too comfortable with producing anything particularly short. There are also some supernatural and the odd horror story included, as well, something with doesn't particularly seem to be his forte, going by the numbers.

A 3.38 average for this lot, if you just wanted the top stuff you could probably get Tangents instead, other than Hardfought, that is.

Anyway, this is a decent bunch, and that is about it.

Collected Stories of Greg Bear : Blood Music [SS] - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : Sisters - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : A Martian Ricorso - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : Schrödinger's Plague - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : Heads - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : The Wind from a Burning Woman - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : The Venging - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : Perihesperon - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : Scattershot - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : A Plague of Conscience - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : Always Never - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : The White Horse Child - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : Dead Run - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : Petra - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : Webster - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : Through Road No Whither - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : Tangents - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : The Visitation - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : Richie by the Sea - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : Sleepside Story - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : Judgment Engine - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : The Fall of the House of Escher - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : The Way of All Ghosts A Myth from Thistledown - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : MDIO Ecosystems Increase Knowledge of DNA Languages (2215 C.E.) [Deep Ice and DNA Languages] - Greg Bear
Collected Stories of Greg Bear : Hardfought - Greg Bear

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