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Features five tales that take a microscopic look at the nature, allure, and danger of scientific curiosity. This work talks about the collusion of human ambition and greed that prey on the hapless, whether in the name of science, religion, or the state.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 22nd 2006 by University of Illinois Press (first published April 9th 2001)
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These stories are very amateurishly constructed by today's standards. For example, information is often simply dumped on you in huge chunks right at the start, and characters frequently pour out their streams of consciousness to the ether in the most lengthy, grandiose and utterly unrealistic fashion. However, there are more than a few surprisingly beautiful turns of phrase, and the vocabulary on display is impressively vast, such that at times the writing approaches an almost poetic lyricism th ...more
enchanting collection of short stories. they're not really science fiction so much as philosophical fiction about science. the translation seems to make great efforts to preserve the polysyllabic qualities of Spanish, which is interesting. the stories sound like they were written around the turn of the century, a nice trick in translation. i borrowed this from my softball teammate Chris Vyce and it was a good time.
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