In the Electric Eden: Stories

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Penguin Books, 2003 - Fiction - 207 pages
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Writer and former engineer Nick Arvin layers his knowledge of technology, mechanical design, and human character into a collection of emotionally riveting stories. With a subtle hand he transports readers through history and across America to ten poignant and utterly unforgettable places: a traffic accident in the middle of the heartland; the electrocution of Topsy the elephant at Coney Island at the turn of the century; the backyard of an old recluse; a Marine Corps practice invasion of the Florida beaches; a romantic tryst in a dismal corporate office; the launching of the first manned American hydrogen balloon in the eighteenth century; and more. Constantly aware of how technology shapes the way we interact with each other and experience the world, Arvin uses these original settings and compelling characters to create a moving collection of stories that, though seemingly unlinked, comes together to form a stunning, awe-inspiring whole.

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User Review  - thatotter - LibraryThing

I found some of these stories much stronger than others. The low points to me were the historical stories ("In the Electric Eden," "Aeronautics") and "Electric Fence." "The Prototype" and "Take Your ... Read full review

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

Many of our best novelists began by writing short stories in writing groups or workshops. Nick Arvin followed that path too, and published IN THE ELECTRIC EDEN, a collection of ten stories, many of ... Read full review


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