The Best of Michael Swanwick

The Best of Michael Swanwick

by Michael Swanwick

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It's here at last--the first comprehensive overview of the extraordinary career of master storyteller Michael Swanwick. Covering over a quarter of a century, from his first two published stories--both of them Nebula finalists--to his most recent, these works bear witness to one of the most vivid and far-ranging imaginations in contemporary fiction. From the hardest of hard science fiction to the purest of core fantasy, from the heartwarming to the despairing, these are works incandescent with literary brilliance.

In these pages, Janis Joplin is worshiped as a god, teenagers climb down the edge of the world, zombies are commodified, a vengeful man tracks a wizard across the surface of a planet-sized grasshopper, dinosaurs invade Vermont, a train leaves New York City bound for Hell, and those lovable Post-Utopian con men, Darger and Surplus, seek their fortunes in Buckingham Labyrinth.

Michael Swanwick is one of the most acclaimed and prolific writers of his generation, as well as being the only person ever to win five Hugo Awards for fiction in the space of six years. All five of those stories are included here--plus much, much more, all of it beautifully written, critically acclaimed, and deeply satisfying to read.

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ISBN-13: 9781596063501
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Publication date: 12/31/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 353,630
File size: 840 KB

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Michael Swanwick is one of the masters of short-form science fiction and fantasy. This book is an outstanding introduction to his short fiction, and it's worth recommending just for that reason alone. But it also contains some seriously thought-provoking, mind-bending and FUN stories. Swanwick never forgets to put some fun and playfulness into every story, regardless of how deadly serious the stories sometimes get. If I have one criticism of THE BEST OF MICHAEL SWANWICK it is that fully half of the stories in the book appeared in TALES OF OLD EARTH and THE DOG SAID BOW-WOW. But it's really great to have them in a more permanent hardcover format. (And if you haven't read either of his novels called THE IRON DRAGON'S DAUGHTER or THE DRAGONS OF BABEL, you seriously have a real treat waiting for you!)