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Vintage Season/In Another Country by C.L. Moore
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Aug 23, 2008

it was amazing
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Vintage Season is a classic story about one man trying to figure out what is up with his tenants and why another is trying so hard to put herself into the same house. The tenants are odd to say the least with perfect clothes, mannerisms, and even speech that shows an elegance that no one else can match.

The writing is wonderfully smooth marred only my my own irritation with male-female relationships as portrayed in science fiction (though it does further the story in this case. I have just been reading too much old style science fiction where the relationship are always stylized). The story is short though it doesn't seem that way. It is complete and just great.

Robert Silverberg was charged with writing a "sequel" to Vintage Season (published in 1946). The idea of approaching a classic so many years later (he published In Another Country in 1989) is a bit blasphemous but Silvererg gave it a shot.

But it is an amazing story. Silverberg didn't try to make a sequel (which would be quite impossible) but instead wrote a story that is a companion to the first. It is the same story but from another's perspective. This follows a Traveler and how he views the world he is visiting. Many of the odd bits that the character from the first story sees are explained.

The writing is excellent. The main character of this story is the brooding type but that really helps explain and show the viewpoint. Just great, same as the first.
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