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Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  75 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Janis Ian has inspired fans for years with her lyrical and evocative music. Now, this popular music legend has invited her favorite science fiction and fantasy writers to interpret her songs using their own unique voices. The result is the most unusual and exciting collaboration in the worlds of both science fiction-fantasy and music.
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published August 5th 2003 by DAW Hardcover
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Dave Creek
Jan 21, 2015 Dave Creek rated it it was amazing
I read the ebook re-issue of this anthology, which is one of the best in recent years. My copy of the print version, which was signed by both Ian and Resnick, was damaged beyond repair in some otherwise minor flooding in my home a few years ago, so I was glad to get this new version.

Janis Ian, best known for her songs "At Seventeen" and "Society's Child," turns out to be a major SF fan. She explains how a fan letter she wrote to Mike Resnick led to her attending a Worldcon with him, which in tu
Dec 15, 2015 Peter rated it liked it
As the title indicates, this is a set of stories inspired by the songs of singer-songwriter Janis Ian.

I'll be honest, I'm not really a big music guy, in that while I might enjoy individual songs when I hear them, I don't feel the need to seek it out or follow in detail the people who produce it. So, when I got this book (it was actually part of an ebook bundle), Janis Ian's name wasn't only not a draw, I had no idea who she was. I couldn't think of a single thing I'd heard her sing, but hey, I d
Jun 29, 2014 David rated it really liked it
There's a lot of overlap betweeen Janis Ian fans and science fiction fans, which makes sense if you think about it - intellectual openness meets emotional directness; imaginative writing that isn't overly literary - and once Ian started going to SF conventions she found she was a favorite of many of her favorites. Thus was born the idea for this anthology, in which heavyweight writers contribute stories inspired by one or another of her songs. In this company, it's striking that one of the most ...more
Apr 10, 2015 Craig rated it really liked it
Stars is a very good collection of stories with an unusual twist; they're all based on (or at least strongly influenced by) songs by Janis Ian. I'm sure that people who are unfamiliar with her music would enjoy the stories, too, but I had fun playing them as a soundtrack while reading. Naturally, some of the stories are most successful than others, just as some of the songs are more enjoyable to individual listeners. Strangely, I didn't note any correlation between most and least favorite storie ...more
This anthology blew me away. It was a bit of an odd premise - stories based on the songs of a singer - but it worked. The variety of the stories were astounding, and while there were the few that I did not enjoy as much, the majority of them were very quick reads, well written, and some were very impressive indeed. There was some repetition in themes (several stories were based on Janis Ian's song "Society's Child") but even that did not get tiring. Plus, there was a new Valdemar story, and the ...more
Feb 23, 2016 Susan marked it as currently-reading-anthcoll  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, 2000, 2015
When this book first came out I checked it out of the library and read:
"Nightmare Mountain" by Kage Baker 12/1/2003
"Play Like a Girl" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch 12/2/2003
"On the Other Side" by Mercedes Lackey 12/8/2003
"Riding Janis" by David Gerrold 12/9/2003
and "You Don't Know My Heart" by Spider Robinson

I got it in e-book format from the StoryBundle, so now I at lease OWN the book, too :D
Howard Brazee
Mar 20, 2016 Howard Brazee rated it liked it
Stories by famous successful SF authors based upon songs of Janis Ian.

Janis Ian's songs have better lyrics than tunes, and these stories fit the feeling of the stories very well. They may be more "literary" than some readers like.

I'm a big fan of hers.
Oct 29, 2008 Nina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nina by: Picked up from an S-F meetup
I'm generally not that into short stories. It seems like they either aren't fleshed out enough or they aren't a big enough idea. Sometimes the really work though, and there were several in this book that worked very well.
Aug 09, 2007 Bronwen rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Stories taken from songs by Janis Ian, most of these short stories are rather dark, and I never thought of her songs as that grim
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Shelves: fiction, audiobook, 2014
some great stories, some not so great, but all in all a great read
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I was was born April 7, 1951, a month and day shared with Billie Holiday. Wrote my first song at 12, was published at 13, made a record at 14, had a hit at 15, and was a has-been at 16. I took a break for 3 years shortly thereafter, and moved to Philadelphia to write and find out if I really could be a great songwriter. "Came back" in 1973 with an album called Stars, and was fortunate enough to ha ...more
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