You’re about to face off with an Ashcroft van, break out from an assisted-dying facility, witness a volunteer crucifixion, endure a Neanderthal eviction, and journey to the end of time on a porch glider.
Fearless, irreverent, and surprisingly optimistic short stories fill this collection from a science fiction veteran known for taking readers on a wild ride. Each of these ten blazingly satiric short stories will leave you exhausted, outraged, and eager for more. The surreal adventures this time around include an escape from an assisted-death facility in "Greetings," a mystical journey to the end of time and back in "Dear Abbey," and "Almost Home," the story of a fantastical ride in an old-fashioned aeroplane.
"Almost Home" "Come Dance with Me" "Dear Abbey" "Death’s Door" "Greetings" "I Saw the Light" "Openclose" "Scout’s Honor" "Super 8" "The Old Rugged Cross"
Terry Ballantine Bisson is an American science fiction and fantasy author best known for his short stories, including "Bears Discover Fire" (1990), which which won both the Hugo and Nebula awards, as well as They're Made Out of Meat (1991), which has been adapted for video often.
More well written science fiction! I love Bisson's short stories (all set, approximately, tomorrow) -- he does great characters in very limited space -- but this book is less fun than some of his other collections. His melancholy has turned into outright mournfulness in a good number of these stories, and if you dislike commentary on present-day issues and politics, you might have trouble with some of these. Or you might join the ELF. I enjoy reading these, but they are realistic enough to be frightening -- I am afraid of a future with forced voluntary euthanasia and vampire seals.
To me, the mark of an excellent author is one who is able to write both novels and short stories well. I find that most authors are unable to do this, at least consistently. Even my favorite writers find me skipping a story here and there in their short story compilations. Not so, Terry Bisson.
I am consistently captivated by Bisson's work and this compilation was no exception. From the beginning to the end, I was pleased to find engaging stories that fully engaged me, but allowed me to stop reading with each story. Thankfully, my library has most, if not all, of his books.
Great short stories from one of the best writers alive. Come Dance with Me may be my favorite short story ever. Incredibly creepy tale that merges alt youth culture, computer science and occult horror. Death's Doorstep is a poignant sad tale of our abandonment of the elderly, set in a world in which all seventy year olds are put to death. The other eight tales also have some gems. He's best known for his humorous science fiction, but these stories say he can do just about every other type of science fiction as a master.