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Short story collection.
Paperback, 371 pages
Published May 1st 1979 by Berkley (first published 1971)
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Nov 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sci fi fans, cyberpunks, literary snobs
Recommended to Michael by: Tom Maddox
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Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didnt-finish
I read about half of this before deciding most of the stories were pretty similar: atomic annihilation, sleep as a proxy for death, scientific hubris, etc. Some of them definitely contained compelling concepts (time-based autocracy, anti-time autocracy!) and imagery (giant birds!), but the bogus biology and underlying belief in historical and evolutionary determinism got me down. Each of these stories seems to echo the fear of death within the broader fear of death of the world, of civilizations ...more
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting collection. I'm not sure how I feel about some of the set-ups for the stories - iffy possibility? Bad sciebce? Maybe just out of date and not holding up well over time? But still very readable. The author tries to take on some pretty heady ideas even if the underlying science is bad. Then again it's fiction and doesn't try to do more than be philosophical and entertaining. And that is OK.
Jacob Rice
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great short story collection. At points like Gabriel Garcia Marquez meets Ray Bradbury. The one that stuck with me was about a giant who washed up on a beach on the East coast. It gradually becomes a tourist attraction, then as it decomposes people just lose interest and stop caring about it. Seems about right! Also contains a great story about a seemingly infinite underground city.
Jun 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Seems that I remember liking this a lot when I read it, but these days I don't remember much about it.
Apr 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
The author's death reminded me that I read this collection far back in my youth. Little of it remains in memory, just a few images. I'll find it again sometime.
Simon Håkansson
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I only read the short story of the same name in an excellent collection called 'The world treasury of science fiction '
"Endgame" and "The Garden of Time" were both easily five stars. The rest of the collection varies.
Sep 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: put-down
Some of these stories are very good (the first particularly), but it became so grim that I had to put it down. Great imagery, though.
Nov 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
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