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Voyages by Starlight
The 10 stories included here combine elements of horror, fantasy, SF and realistic fiction as expressed by an assured literary voice. Includes the following stories: "Ellen O'Hara, " "Green, " "Starship Day, " "The Giving Mouth, " "The Perfect Stranger, " "Tirkiluk, " "Papa, " "1/72nd Scale, " "Marnie, " "Grownups."
Hardcover, 269 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Arkham House Publishers
(first published June 1996)
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Short story collection from earlier in his career. Some were okay, especially when dealing with tragedy and regret and how future technology probably won't genuinely improve things but just make them prolonged. Not too many hopeful moments that aren't dashed as the stories progress. One deals with a time-traveler of sorts who can revisit his happiest moments but never change how they ended. Another a young couple in a time where human biology is very different and childhood and adulthood have ve ...more
Once again an Arkham House collection from Jim Turner's tenure (1996 this time) that is just outstanding by an author that I had never heard of before. He seems to be better known in the UK. The stories have a feel of an edgier Ray Bradbury. They run the gamut from straight fiction to science fiction to fantasy. In each case there is just enough genre to drive the author's ideas, meaning there might be a lot of scifi/fantasy, or in some cases, none at all. The theme of loneliness and lack of hum ...more
Ian R. MacLeod is the acclaimed writer of challenging and innovative speculative and fantastic fiction. His most recent novel, Wake Up and Dream, won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History, while his previous works have won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and the World Fantasy Award, and have been translated into many languages. His short story, “Snodgrass,” was ...more