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The Heat Death of the Universe and Other Stories

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Contents:
The Heat Death of the Universe (1967)
The Holland of the Mind (1969)
Instructions for Exiting This Building in Case of Fire (1985)
Sheep (1981)
Busy about the Tree of Life (1988)
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Published 1988 by McPherson
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Aerin
It was one of the science fiction-themed Great Courses I listened to last year that turned me on to Pamela Zoline. The professor described her as one of the greats, a writer ahead of her time, who had only published a single book (a brief collection of five short stories) in 1988, and radio silence ever since. I consider myself fairly well-versed the genre - most of the other authors discussed in the course were familiar - but I had never heard of Zoline. I felt like I'd just stumbled onto an ex ...more
Thom Dunn
The title story is a classic, but I recall Brian Aldiss said she was exceptional in general. (1/19/10)
Elle
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a shame we only have one collection from Zoline. The title story alone makes this worth seeking out.
Nikhitha
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
for The Heat Death of the Universe
Ben Lerner
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
only for the Heat Death of the Universe
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Mark
Mar 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
okay this is something I actually wrote back in 1982 [I found some old college notebooks]...my apologies for all the grammatical errors but I will just copy my review word for word.

"the problem with this story is that it has no purpose other to vent the authors purposelessness.

the story has no moral, nor a message of hope. One wonders if the author wrote this for sympathy, to expound on the drab, dull trivial existence of suburban living, in the hopes that a reader can agree that in a world of S
...more
Maggie Gordon
Review for Heath Death of the Universe:

As I read about the history of feminist science fiction, Zoline's Heat Death of the Universe keeps popping up as part of the established canon for this area of writing. The story is very in line with the era of The Feminine Mystique, but as if voiced by a woman knowledgeable in science, comparing her situation to entropy. It's an emotional piece where readers can feel the slow build of futility in the narrator's life, and understand why her daily activities
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m raye
Mar 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Heat Death of the Universe is one of my very favorite short stories.
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