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Synthesis and Other Virtual Realities

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  4 ratings  ·  4 reviews
A major new talent. . .one of the strongest debuts in recent science-fiction history, " wrote Lucuis Shepard not long ago about emergent superstar Mary Rosenblum. And just as Shepard himself was the most powerful new short-story writer of the previous decade, so has Ms. Rosenblum come forth as a compelling voice in the 1990s in a sequence of nouvelles, set primarily within...more
Hardcover, 1, 280 pages
Published July 1st 1996 by Arkham House Publishers
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Randolph Carter
Another fine mid-90s scifi author's first short story collection from Arkham House. Unbelievably I think I am the first person to rate this book (so I'm giving it the five stars it deserves from someone). The stories in this book mostly take place in a near future dystopian California. Water is the main problem but oil and other natural resources. There are basically two places: the Dry inland and the heavily urban coastal area (where the icebergs are melted, and the seawater desalinated).

The s...more
Lord Humungus
I've looked for Mary Rosenblum books since I'd read her stories in Year's Best anthologies. Some time ago I read her novel Horizons, which was surprisingly disappointing given how much I liked her short stories. This compilation had been on my list for a while but it's old and was a limited release so I figured the chances of finding it were slim, Amazon notwithstanding.

I'm glad I finally found it because the stories were excellent. Her characters are interesting and multi-layered, and they give...more
Emmett J.
This is very unlike Arkham House's usual fare. Near future dystopian sci-fi isn't usually my cup of tea, but this book stands out because of Rosenblum's mastery of plot and characterization. You know what motivates everyone in every story.

I hope to see more of her stuff in Fantasy & Science Fiction some day soon.
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Short stories, with black and white illustrations
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