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The Garments of Caean

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  80 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Peder is not just a tailor, but a sartorial--a lowly trade that has now been elevated to an incredibly high standard. Sartorials compete fiercely in creating new apparel, and Peder has heard that the greatest of them all are in the Caeanic worlds, where clothing is a way of life and a philosophy of living.
In Peder's sector, though, Caeanic clothing is prohibited, and he
Hardcover, 189 pages
Published January 1st 1976 by Doubleday & Company (Garden City, NY)
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Dominic Green
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Barrington Bayley was one of the world's great underrated SF writers. *The Fall of Chronopolis*, for example, is both an entertaining time travel story and an exercise in Lovecraftian horror. Unfortunately (as he's now dead) we won't be seeing any more of his output, which is a great shame.

It took me a while to read this one. This is usually a bad sign. But this is typically off-the-wall Bayley, based on an idea (clothing that transforms the wearer) guaranteed not to be found anywhere else in li
Erik Graff
Jul 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Bayley fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
An original, darkly humorous piece of science fiction fluff by Barrington Bayley.
Really! I swear I'm an intellectual! I mean I only read this stuff when I'm weak or drunk or something!
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bayley's fiction was always slightly odd, and this one's no exception. It's 1970s hackwork, but it starts from a point, with a conceit, that no self-respecting sf hack would ever have tried. But Bayley makes it work. Sort of. In the Tzist Arm of the galaxy there are two major cultures, the Ziode cluster and Caean. The Ziodeans are just like contemporary Anglophone Westerners, but with spaceships and few other sf trappings of the day. The Caeanites, however, are entirely different. They have deve ...more
I only read two stories in this collection so I will not rate it. “Sporting with the Chid” is the first I read and Alastair Reynolds described it on his blog, and I paraphrase, “as the most demented thing I have ever read”. I got to say it’s a contender. The Chid are an alien race who are genius at surgery and make some unfortunate space traveler’s animated and removed brains try to catch their bodies before they fall of a cliff. It’s pretty nuts and does remind of some Reynold’s similar macabre ...more
Ethan Beck
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-read
re-read after something like 30 years I enjoyed this even more than the first time around. A highly imaginative novel with some very interesting and unique ideas told with a dry and rather dark humor. A totally underrated author and novel.
A definite "must read" if you enjoy sci-fi of the Heinlein, Blish, Anderson, Sheckley, Zelazny etc styles.
Anne Hamilton
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it
A repressive civilisation searches for the source of a potential threat: the clothes consciousness of a rival planet. Intriguing premise.
Bob Rust
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Garments of Caean (1976) utilizes some fairly sophisticated cultural Anthropology in a space-opera tale of sentient clothing which owns the man.
Jude Defensor
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Exceedingly strange but memorable book. Rather daft concept on the surface, but really digs deep and manages to somehow expound on fashion, self-perception, cultural divergence and evolution.
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Barrington J. Bayley
Born April 9, 1937(1937-04-09)in Birmingham, England. Died October 14, 2008 (aged 71).
Pen names Alan Aumbry, Michael Barrington (with Michael Moorcock), John Diamond, P. F. Woods.
Occupation; Novelist, short story writer
Nationality: British
Genres: Science fiction
Literary movement: New Wave

Bayley was born in Birmingham and educated in Newport,
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