Not So Much Said the Cat

Not So Much Said the Cat

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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The master of short science-fiction follows up his acclaimed collection The Dog Said Bow-Wow with feline grace, precision, and total impertinence. Michael Swanwick takes us on a whirlwind journey across the globe and across time and space, where magic and science exist in possibilities that are not of this world. These tales are intimate in their telling, galactic in their scope, and delightfully sesquipedalian in their verbiage.

Join the caravan through Swanwick's worlds and into the playground of his mind. Discover a calculus problem that rocks the ages and robots who both nurture and kill. Meet a magical horse who protects the innocent, a confused but semi-repentant troll, a savvy teenager who takes on the Devil, and time travelers from the Mesozoic who party till the end of time...
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Tachyon, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616962289
1616962283
Branch Call Number: FIC SWANWIC
Characteristics: 285 pages ; 22 cm

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Mar 24, 2017

If SF bores you, i don't blame you- it's either HeroMan saves the day space operas or tedious puppet characters dutifully illustrating semi-scientific theories, often ending in woodenly sententious soliloquies [David Brin, Benford, etc. etc. etc.].
Swannick is a writer- the tail of his theorizing doesn't wag the dog of his stories, he uses science-fiction/fantasy tropes that seem natural while you're reading and don't give you a hangover in the morning [Will you still respect in me in the morning if i suspend my disbelief now?].
I haven't had so much fun reading science-fiction since Cordwainer Smith, damn near anything by Charles Anton Wilson, or that Borgesian alien books story by Ken Liu.

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