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Gravity's Angels

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  78 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Aliens who absorb the memories of those they've slain, magicians slugging it out in present-day Philadelphia, and Janis Joplin reborn as an obsessed-over saint in a barbarous post-technological U.S: these are a few of the motifs from one of science fiction's modern masters.

A Midwinter's Tale (1988)
The Feast of Saint Janis (1980)
The Blind Minotaur (1985)
The Transmi
Paperback, 300 pages
Published March 30th 2001 by Frog Books (first published 1991)
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4.0 to 4.5 stars. I have not read all of the stories in this collection so this review is only for the storyies set forth below. I will update my rating and my review as I read further stories.

The Feast of Saint Janis (4.0 to 4.5 stars): Powerful novelette about an African diplomat visiting a post "Collapse" United States and becoming a part of a unique "tour" involving a Janis Joplin impersonator. A great ending and a powerful story.

Nominee: Nebula Award for Best Novelette.

"The Edge of the Wo
Randolph Carter
Another excellent Arkham House collection issued under Jim Turner's tenure there. Michael Swanwick is nominally a scifi author, but these stories each have only enough science fiction as they need to express the author's ideas. As such, some of the stories are heavy into scifi and a few have none at all, with the majority having just a little bordering more on fantasy at times.

I think the standout story is one of the slighter ones: Foresight. The tale involves a man in a universe where memory h
Chase Kimball
Apr 20, 2008 Chase Kimball rated it it was amazing
I am nearing the end of this collection of short stories. Although Swanwick is nominally considered a Science Fiction author and is widely published in science fiction magazines, I would consider this collection to be solidly in the "fantasy" camp. But no matter, it is all wonderful stuff. He creates truly original themes and worlds, and this is warmly recommended for anyone who enjoys what might be more accurately described as "speculative fiction." A particularly strong story is "The Man Who M ...more
Oct 13, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it
Brilliant collection! All were worthy of serious appreciation. Swanwicks novel Vacuum Flowers has been a long time favorite of mine that gets reread frequently, each time with a larger understanding of the world he has created. I was thrilled to find a story in here, Trojan Horse, which seems to be set in the same world.
The overall tone of all these stories is really quite grim and existential; the consistent themes are of the nature of reality.
Printable Tire
Dec 06, 2008 Printable Tire added it
Recommends it for: good sci-fi fans
There was some good stuff in here- I remember particularly liking the main story, the feast of st. janis, and the one about mummers. Some stories were complete BEM scifi crap though. A mixed bag, but I think the st. janis story is worth reading.
Read around 1996.

10/13/11: "Trojan Horse" (re-read)
11/3/11: "Snow Angels" (re-read)
11/5/11: "Ginungagap" (re-read)
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