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The Heat Death of the Universe and Other Stories

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Contents:
The Heat Death of the Universe (1967)
The Holland of the Mind (1969)
Instructions for Exiting This Building in Case of Fire (1985)
Sheep (1981)
Busy about the Tree of Life (1988)
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Published 1988 by McPherson
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Maggie Gordon
Review for Heath Death of the Universe:

As I read about the history of feminist science fiction, Zoline's Heat Death of the Universe keeps popping up as part of the established canon for this area of writing. The story is very in line with the era of The Feminine Mystique, but as if voiced by a woman knowledgeable in science, comparing her situation to entropy. It's an emotional piece where readers can feel the slow build of futility in the narrator's life, and understand why her daily activities
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Thom Dunn
The title story is a classic, but I recall Brian Aldiss said she was exceptional in general. (1/19/10)
Ian
Sep 02, 2014 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zoline is pretty much known solely for ‘The Heat Death of the Universe’, a 1967 story which appeared in New Worlds and which is often seen as emblematic of the New Wave. In fact, lists of classic New Wave sf short fiction often place it in the top ten, if not the top three; although such lists with wider remits just as frequently omit it all together. And while yes, that last may in part be due to the fact Zoline is female, it’s also symptomatic of a genre-wide rejection of the New Wave and what ...more
Mark
Mar 26, 2011 Mark rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
okay this is something I actually wrote back in 1982 [I found some old college notebooks]...my apologies for all the grammatical errors but I will just copy my review word for word.

"the problem with this story is that it has no purpose other to vent the authors purposelessness.

the story has no moral, nor a message of hope. One wonders if the author wrote this for sympathy, to expound on the drab, dull trivial existence of suburban living, in the hopes that a reader can agree that in a world of S
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m raye
Mar 16, 2008 m raye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Heat Death of the Universe is one of my very favorite short stories.
G33z3r
too depressing for my taste. Makes Plath seem upbeat.
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