Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories

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Macmillan, 1995 - Fiction - 256 pages
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"Bears Discover Fire, " the title story in this eagerly awaited collection, is one of the most acclaimed science fiction stories of the Nineties. "Particularly delightful, " raved The Christian Science Monitor, while Newsday called it "the finest story in the Dozois [Best of the Year] volume." Michael Swanwick, the Nebula Award-winning author of Stations of the Tide, pronounced it "one of the best genre stories of the decade, and an encouraging omen of what we might expect from the Nineties." "Bears Discove Fire" won the Hugo, the Nebula, the Sturgeon Award, and the Locus Poll Award; it was also nominated for the World Fantasy Award. But "Bears Discover Fire" was only one of a series of brilliant, unpredictable stories that sent shock waves of delight through the field and, almost overnight, made Terry Bisson one of the top sf short story writers. This volume collects all of Bisson's short fiction to date, including other Hugo and Nebula nominees, in what will surely be one of the most important sf collections of the decade. Explore Bisson's unique imagination in stories that are sometimes moving, sometimes funny, and always unforgettable: All the great living writers move to one small town in Kentucky. The British Isles begin a stately voyage to America. Two guys from the future disrupt the life of a struggling New York artist. An overly helpful banking machine brings strangers together. And a young boy discovers how his world changes when the bears discover fire. The New York Review of Science Fiction says, "Bisson knows his territory and writes about it cleanly, sympathetically, without condescension...[his] narrative voice...has a sweet inner music, that sly Southern smoothnesswritten from the inside out not to baroque effect, but for the lean economy with which it conveys information." His stories are among the chief treasures of science fiction today.
 

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This solid short story collection really relies on the title story. However, this story alone is worth buying the whole collection for. Bears Discover Fire is probably the best SF short story I've ever read by far. Read full review

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Whether narrating a parable of Earth's dying ("Carl's Lawn and Garden''), exploring the afterlife ("Necronauts''), or chronicling the relocation of a country ("England Underway''), Bisson continues to ... Read full review

Contents

BEARS DISCOVER FIRE
11
THE Two JANETS
24
OVER FLAT MOUNTAIN
38
PRESS ANN
55
GEORGE
68
NECRONAUTS
88
ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS?
121
THE Toxic DONUT
142
CARLS LAWN GARDEN
155
ENGLAND UNDERWAY
172
BY PERMIT ONLY
199
AFTERWORD
251
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Terry Bisson is an American science fiction and fantasy author, born on February 12, 1942, in Owensboro, Kentucky. His many novels include Talking Man (1986), Fire on the Mountain (1988), Voyage to the Red Planet (1990), Pirates of the Universe (1996), and The Pickup Artist (2001). His 1990 short story "Bears Discover Fire" won both the Hugo and the Nebula awards, and his all-dialogue story "They're Made Out of Meat" is one of the most widely-reprinted SF stories of the last several decades. He has published several volumes of short fiction, including Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories (1993), In the Upper Room and Other Likely Stories (2000), and Greetings (2005).

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