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Close Encounters with the Deity: Stories

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Through the means of what he calls "speculative fiction", Michael Bishop examines the various links between man and the supernatural by exploring the relationships and conflicts between mortals and deities of other worlds, in other times and within other cultures. His scope isn't limited to alien environments, however. Bishop's talent for transforming the commonplace into ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published September 1st 1986 by Peachtree Publishers
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MB Taylor
Jan 19, 2013 MB Taylor rated it it was ok
I finished reading Close Encounters with the Deity this morning on the way to work. It’s an interesting collection of stories, but not as interesting as I’d hoped.

There are fourteen stories in the collection and I thought the first seven were only mildly interesting. If this were a novel I probably would have given up on it. But I give short story collections a little more leeway and the eighth story, “A Short History Of The Bicycle: 401 B.C. To 2677 A.D.” rewarded my patience. For some reason t
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Jan 29, 2013 Baal Of rated it really liked it
An intriguing batch of weird speculative fiction stories, many of which touch on themes of religion. As with most short story collections, there are a few lesser lights, but overall, the stories are of high quality. One of my favorites was the last one which was formatted with chapters and verses like the bible, and was built around the idea of an insectoid alien captured and forcibly brought to Earth, building a religion in parallel to events from the new testament.
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Nov 23, 2009 Keith Davis rated it really liked it
It may seem like a contradiction in terms to describe a short story as both literary and science fiction, but that is exactly what Michael Bishop has written here, a collection of literary science fiction stories.
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Mar 11, 2010 Lisa Voisen rated it it was ok
Weird book full of weird science fiction stories, which I usually like. But I just couldn't get into this book and didn't finish it.
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Michael Lawson Bishop is an award-winning American writer. Over four decades & thirty books, he has created a body of work that stands among the most admired in modern sf & fantasy literature.

Bishop received a bachelor's from the Univ. of Georgia in 1967, going on to complete a master's in English. He taught English at the US Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs from 1
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