The Best of Connie Willis: Award-Winning Stories
The majority of the stories in this anthology were awesome. I think my least favorites were the first and last stories in the collection (both felt really dated). However, some of the other stories were both historically fascin ...more
Connie has accumulated eleven Hugo Awards and seven Nebula Awards at the time I’m typing this, more than any other living writer, and has the distinction of becoming an SFWA Grand Master in 2011. She was also inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2009.
Such awards often reflect a great deal of hard graft and honing a writer’s skill over many years. This is also true of Connie. Her first story w ...more
Originally posted on my website, Koenix
Time is the Fire is a collection of 10 Hugo and Nebula award-winning stories by Willis, ranging from short stories to novellas. Willis is well-known for her humor and "comedy of manners" plots, which usually involve characters running around, unable to communicate, and completely misunderstanding each other. These stories walk a thin line for me between amusing and annoying, since lack of communication is one of my habitual pet peeves in fiction. I think...more
After Blackout and the sequel, All Clear, I had hoped to see a new title. Alas, this collection ...more
In the introduction, Willis explains why it’s hard to talk about her own stories or the process by which they journey from idea to completion. She explains that the stories often change, conceptually, as she is writing them. She says, ‘While you ...more
Back to this ideas issue. Connie Willis often zooms in on a thought she has (What if we ...more
These luminaries include Isaac Asimov himself, of course, along with such figures as Frederick Pohl, Jack Williamson, Theodore Sturgeon, Ray Bradbury, and, first among equals ...more
I would quibble with th ...more
My favourite had to be All Seated on the Ground, a first contact story unlike any ...more
I am not normally one for short stories, but I enjoyed the majority of these and found myself looking forward to diving back in to the electronic pages. Joy.
I think my favorites were:
Fire Watch - set in the world of the Oxford Time travellers, of course I love this one.
Winds of Marble Arch - set in my favor ...more
Equally interesting were her list of the authors who influenced her, especially since they are the same authors who influenced me, notably Shirley Jackson and Robert Heinlein.
My introducti ...more
It starts slowly with A Letter From the Clearys, a story that definitely shows more than it tells. Perhaps it leaves a little too much unsaid for my tastes, but it's a wonderfully atmos ...more
A Letter from the Clearys - I thought this was one of the weaker stories in the compilation. I liked the young lady ...more
The problem I had with these stories is that they are among her older stories, and reading them in today's ...more
This book is a compilation of her best short stories, and they are all gems. Each one features a commentary at the end in which Willis explains how or why she wrote it, which I like because it gives the reader a glim ...more
This is really 4.5 stars! Now I'd never call myself a science fiction fan, but I do love smart, quirky, fun stories with messages, even if I don't agree with them. What a great collection!
Hugo Award winners in this collection:
* "Fire Watch," novelette : 1983 — really excellent! Belongs to Willis's Oxford time-traveling historians series. (Also won the Nebula Award.)
* "The Last of the Winnebagos," novella : 1989 — one of the saddest stories I've ever read (I cried). (Also won the Nebula Award.)
* "Even the Queen," short story : 1993 — hilarious! Worth the price of the book just for th ...more
She has won, among other awards, ten Hugo Awards and six Nebula Awards. Willis most recently won a Hugo Award for All Seated on the Ground (August 2008). She was the 2011 recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Ficti ...more