VOYAGES BY STARLIGHT by Ian R. MacLeod. Sauk City, WI; Arkham House Publishers; 1996. 1st edition hardcover.
The 10 stories includes here combine elements of horror, fantasy, SF and realistic fiction as expressed by an assured literary voice . Includes the following stories: Ellen O Hara, Green, Starship Day, The Giving Mouth, The Perfect Stranger, Tirkiluk, Papa, 1/72nd Scale, Marnie, Grownups . MacLeod s originality enriches and enlivens the genre, and his fiction though often grim should be read by everyone looking for something that is truly out of the ordinary PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. Jacket by Nicholas Jainschigg. REVIEWS - "Since 1988, British writer Ian MacLeod has proven himself as powerful short-story writer in issues of ASIMOV'S and elsewhere. His understated, melancholic prose, with its focus on small lives that open out interiorly to vast fields of meaning...these tales echo and compound such mainstream masters as Hardy, Lawrence and Dickens, whole also evoking thoughts of Nancy Kress, Philip Jose Farmer, and James Tiptree. MacLeod's world is a cloistered, at times claustrophobic one; his characters seem resigned to a universe where real change is almost an impossibility." -- Paul Di Filipo On Books / ASIMOV'S "MacLeod is anything but a one-note writer, and VOYAGES BY STARLIGHT is filled with a wide variety of work: the sadly moving 'Starship Day'; the powerful and disturbing 'The Giving Mouth'; the ultimately elevating and hopeful 'Tirkiluk'; and the hopeful but sad 'Papa'. All of these stories show the strength and variety of MacLeod's writing. This is a major collection from an exciting writer." -- Locus "The ten stories in this collection of MacLeod works provides personal, varied stories which take the science fiction and fantasy world and bring it right into the common man's living room. Enjoy tales which are surreal and involving, and which provide important connections between reality and worlds of otherwhere." -- The Bookwatch "In stride with MacLeod's haunting first novel comes this first collection of his acclaimed short fiction. The 10 stories included here combine elements of horror, fantasy, SF and realistic fiction as expressed by an assured literary voice...should be read by everyone looking for something that is truly out of the ordinary." -- Publishers Weekly "For the most part, mainstream US publishers seem to have abandoned single author short story collections, which deprives the book buying public of some of the best SF being published...[MacLeod's] collection of 10 stories from major SF magazines is uniformly entertaining and thought provoking." -- Science Fiction Chronicle "MacLeod will become a big name as a writer. Every story here is unique and intriguing." -- The Denver Post.
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