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Eyes of Amber and Other Tales

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A collection of 6 stories: "Eyes of Amber", "To Bell the Cat", "View from a Height", "Media Man", "The Crystal Ship", and "Tin Soldier".
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Published September 1st 1979 by New American Library (first published January 1st 1977)
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Perry Whitford
Aug 05, 2015 Perry Whitford rated it it was amazing
Outstanding collection of six short stores written in the 1970s, where both 'hard' and 'soft' science fiction elements take equal precedence.

The title story won a Hugo award. T'uupieh is an assassin from a bewinged alien species of the moon Titan who speak in a language of musical chords. A research team on earth have established contact with her via a sophisticated probe that she considers to be a powerful demon. When she accepts a commission to murder her own sister, human and alien morality c
Julie Decker
Aug 21, 2014 Julie Decker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Six short stories by the fabulous Joan D. Vinge. I've enjoyed her longer work and her novellas, so I picked this up and was impressed beyond imagining at some of these stories--she has this incredible talent of making the alien seem familiar and making every character she creates seem utterly real. One particular short story, "View From a Height," involves a woman being sent on a spaceship that will be flying farther from home for the rest of her life, and though she has a mission and intends to ...more
Aug 15, 2008 Swankivy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short story collection by the fab Ms. Vinge, I'd never read it so I picked it up. It's old stuff. Some of the stories were so beautiful they made me cry. Every time she creates a character, the person is so realistic and multi-layered that it just doesn't even matter to me if what they're doing is interesting; I just care about her people so much that they could sit around drinking tea and it'd be interesting. I loved the story about the woman who spends her life heading farther and farther aw ...more
Jul 19, 2015 Eric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: noone
Two of the short stories were worthy enough to receive the Hugo award, two were not worth reading and the others were just okay.
Jessie Blackwood
A collection of early short tales from this authoress, including Tin Soldier, which remains one of my most favorite sci-fi stories. It was also the fist Vinge had published in 1974. A wonderfully eclectic collection of tales.
Dec 08, 2015 Chani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-but-unread
I loved the linguistic/musical idea but the dialogue was sooooo bad. Wish someone would take this idea and upgrade it.
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Joan D. Vinge (born Joan Carol Dennison) is an American science fiction author. She is known for such works as her Hugo Award-winning novel The Snow Queen and its sequels, her series about the telepath named Cat, and her Heaven's Chronicles books.
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