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Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  6 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
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
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David
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
Debbie
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
Nina
Oct 29, 2008 Nina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Bronwen Stair
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
Julia
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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