Tales of Old Earth

Tales of Old Earth

Tales of Old Earth From pure fantasy to hard science fiction this finely crafted offering by one of the greatest science fiction writers of his generation promises to stretch readers minds far beyond ordinary limits Ni

  • Title: Tales of Old Earth
  • Author: Michael Swanwick Bruce Sterling
  • ISBN: 9781583940563
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Paperback
  • From pure fantasy to hard science fiction, this finely crafted offering by one of the greatest science fiction writers of his generation promises to stretch readers minds far beyond ordinary limits Nineteen tales from Michael Swanwick s best short fiction of the past decade are gathered here for the first time, including the 1999 Hugo Award nominated Radiant Doors andFrom pure fantasy to hard science fiction, this finely crafted offering by one of the greatest science fiction writers of his generation promises to stretch readers minds far beyond ordinary limits Nineteen tales from Michael Swanwick s best short fiction of the past decade are gathered here for the first time, including the 1999 Hugo Award nominated Radiant Doors and Wild Minds and that year s Hugo winning story, The Very Pulse of the Machine The collection also features The Raggle Taggle Gypsy O, written especially for this volume.Contents A User s Guide to Michael Swanwick by Bruce Sterling Ancient Engines Ice Age In Concert Microcosmic Dog Midnight Express Mother Grasshopper North of Diddy Wah Diddy Radiant Doors Radio Waves Riding the Giganotosaur Scherzo the Tyrannosaur The Changeling s Tale The Dead The Mask The Raggle Taggle Gypsy O The Very Pulse of the Machine The Wisdom of the Old Earth Walking Out Wild Minds

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    “You won’t find the natural state here. We’re living in the aftermath.”A really good collection of short stories. Many good stories about beginnings and endings, especially endings which may be beginnings. Lots of cliffhangers. Some post-apocalyptic, some deeply introspective. Some funny, some tragic, most thought provoking. All well fashioned.“Self is an illusion a fairy tale that your assemblers, sorters and functional transients tell each other.”Swanwick has a gift with word image [...]

    I recently heard about Swanwick from a random list off the Internet, and looked up a copy at my local library. Little did I realize how masterful this collection of sci-fi and fantasy stories would be, and how powerfully they would affect me. Swanwick brutally and subtly (I know!) examines the deep issues of life from unexpected angles, pulling no punches as he smashes the implications of daily living into the reader's face."The Very Pulse of the Machine" uses an abandoned astronaut on the surfa [...]

    Michael Swanwick is one of the more adventurous writers in the already imaginative field of speculative fiction. He is generally an economical storyteller and on occasion I felt myself craving more flesh and a slower pace, but that is not to dismiss an excellent collection. There is not much that Swanwick shies away from, which makes the childish cover misleading, especially considering the sex scene (including vivid and creative foreplay), which takes up much of the story in 'Midnight Express'. [...]

    Michael Swanwich seems to have a fixation with dinosaurs. But that's not why I only gave this collection of short stories three stars. There are some very interesting and well written stories in here, but there are also several that seem almost complete wastes of paper. When he's good, he's good. "The Very Pulse of the Machine" and "Radio Waves" (perhaps not coincidentally the opening and closing ones) were my favorites, but I also liked "The Changeling's Tale" and several more. The stories cove [...]

    Call it 3.5 stars. This book is a collection of short stories from Swanwick. I came in with mixed expectations, having liked Bones of the Earth but not having been wowed by The Iron Dragon's Daughter. On the whole I enjoyed most of the stories, though I found I enjoyed the ones with a science fiction bent over those with more fantasy elements, but the sheer range of topic covered by Swanwick means that there is something for everyone who enjoys fantasy or science fiction.

    Swanwick is a terrific,fully realized short story writer. This collection is cornucopia of beautiful and terrifying ideas. Almost all the stories deal with the idea of death and dying but don't expect simple morbidity, but surreality and black humor. Highlights include The very pulse of the machine, Radiant doors,the wisdom of old earth Radio Waves, Microcosmic Dog, Walking out, The Dead, and Mother Grasshopper. Fans of Borges, PKD, Kelly Link need to check out this collection.

    This is a gorgeous collection of short stories. Every one takes place in an interesting, skillfully evoked world and presents interesting twists that pose existential questions for the reader to ponder. These aren't light tales--they are twisted and kinked and dark. I happened to watch some Lady Gaga videos in the middle of my reading and they provided excellent imagery for some of the stories. I'm relatively new to Swanwick, but very much looking forward to catching up.

    On a whim I picked this book up yesterday afternoon, and ended up reading it straight through past midnight. I often avoid short stories, they usually feel unfulfilling to me. This collection does not. Each story is short but intensely satisfying. Some are better than others, some are more disturbing than others, but they are all complete and *interesting*.

    A collection of nineteen excellent short stories. Nick Gevers said it all better than I could, so read his review instead. The stories are haunting and fantastically well written, and if they are not exactly uplifting then neither are they overly pessimistic.

    While many of these were reprinted in the Swanwick anthology I read previously, there are some other ones that are also quite good. Viewed separately, it's a strong collection, but if you already have Best of Swanwick, I don't recommend it unless you're a completionist

    More masterful stories by Swanwick, some horrifying, some funny, all brilliantly realised and at least a little bit disturbing and mindblowing. Highlights are the utterly terrifying Radiant Doors and the Tolkeinish Changeling's Tale, but they're all damn good.

    Michael Swanwick is one of the best short story writers around. He will entertain you, surprise you and leave you with plenty to think about.

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