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Abyss: Two Novellas

3.0 of 5 stars 3.00  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Collects two novellas: "The Plastic Abyss" (1971) which was nominated for the 1971 Nebula Award for Best Novella, & "Stranger in the House" (1968).
Enter Kate Wilhelm's realm of extrasensory perception, alternate universes, alien monsters, & something else, something much more strange—the abyss that lurks near each of us, ready to destroy us, or set us free.
1st, 158 pages
Published June 1971 by Doubleday & Co. (Garden City, NY)
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Otis Campbell
Arise thy evil soul
Mortals end is near
Rise of the ancients are coming
Mortals dwell in fear
Ripped up from the grave
The gathering is here
So this book has two novellas. First is "The Plastic Abyss" which is a great story about a woman who can be in two places at once and experience both places. The confusing narrative style worked well for it. Now on to the second novella, "Stranger in the House" which tells us about an alien inside an old house that an old couple moves into. First, aliens just aren't my thing for sci-fi and this story was just horrible. If it was by itself, the story would get 1/2 a star. So if you read this book ...more
Laura Huber
Really enjoyed the second story.
Shirari Industries
Jun 22, 2009 Shirari Industries added it
Recommends it for: sci fi fans, feminist sci fi fans, people who like philip k. dick and margaret atwood
Shelves: scifi
This was surprisingly awesome. I liked the campy cover and picked it up cheap or free (can't remember which), and then shelved it. I picked it up the other day and could barely put it down - it's got smart, interesting characters and clever time-and-space-twisting plotlines, told in a dreamy, poetic style. The second novella is interesting from an animal rights / anti-speciesist point of view, too - it features empathy and communication across species lines.
The first story in the book was quite confusing, with a wishy-washy female who seemed to give herself up into her marriage and lose all identity of herself, and also seemed unable to figure out what was happening to her in the story.
The second story in the book I was unable to read past 5 pages.
Erik Graff
May 28, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Wilhelm fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Two forgettable science fiction novels by Kate Wilhelm read during the summer vacation.
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Kate Wilhelm has won the Hugo and several Nebula Awards. She is the widow of author and editor Damon Knight.
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