BLUE KANSAS SKY by Michael Bishop. Urbana, Il; Golden Gryphon Press; 2001. 1st edition hardcover.
Blue Kansas Sky, Michael Bishop's eagerly awaited short fiction collection, his first since 1996's At the City Limits of Fate, spans time and space in four remarkable novellas: "Blue Kansas Sky," the previously unpublished title story, introduces us to young Sonny Peacock and his extended family in a poignant coming-of-age tale set in the Kansas heartland of the late 1950s and early 1960s. "Apartheid, Superstrings, and Mordecai Thubana," a World Fantasy Award nominee, takes us to 1980s Pretoria, South Africa, for the story of a brilliant young black man's quest for the elusive 'Theory of Everything,' all against a backdrop of brutal, state-mandated repression. Then, in "Cri de Coeur," a Hugo Award nominee and a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, journey aboard a vast 21st century wheelship with agrogeologist and poet Dr. Abel Gwiazda and his Downs-syndrome son Dean on a perilous mission to New Home in the Epsilon Eridani system. The fourth novella, "Death and Designation Among the Asadi," a Hugo and Nebula Awards finalist reprinted here for the first time in twenty years, steeps us in the private journals of far-future ethnologist Egan Cheney as he struggles to fathom the alien Asadi, a maddeningly inscrutable species.
Michael Bishop's new collection transcends genre fiction as it conveys us to the heights and depths of the human spirit.
Blue Kansas Sky also features an incisive introduction by James Morrow, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards-winning author of The Godhead Trilogy. Cover art and interior illustration by Ron Walotsky.
Praise for Blue Kansas Sky:
". . . in juxtaposition with one another, [these four stories] . . . finally emerge as something bigger: a thorough examination of human potential and frailty, as well as a sort of 'meta' science fiction that comments upon the genre even while stretching its limits."
— John Mark Eberhart, The Kansas City Star
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