A collection of short stories that formerly appeared in such publications as Asimov's SF, Playboy, Southern Exposure, and Crank! includes contributions by Terry Bisson, Kurt Vonnegut, and Harlan Ellison. Reprint.
Author: Terry Bisson
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: 2011-02-01
When Sam Gregory wakes up to find he has turned into a big cockroach, he is understandably dismayed. Luckily, the condition appears to be a little contagious. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
A Study Guide for Terry Bisson's "Toxic Doughnut, The (Bears Discover Fire)," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Short Stories for Students for all of your research needs.
Sardonic and merciless, this satire of the entire apocalyptic enterprise provides a humorous and timely interpretation of the bestselling Left Behind series—the adventures of those "left behind" to battle the Anti-Christ after all Born-Again Christians have ascended into heaven. From predatory preachers and goth lingerie to Indian casinos and “art cars” at Burning Man, this religious spoof deftly pairs the personal with the fictional. Featuring an extensive author interview and biography, this contemporary parody also includes the unique one-act drama, Special Relativity, which asks the question: When Paul Robeson, J. Edgar Hoover, and Albert Einstein are raised from the dead at an anti-Bush rally, which one wears the dress?
Presenting an alternative version of African American history, this novel explores what might have happened if John Brown’s 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry had been successful. Chronicling life in a thriving black nation founded by Brown in the former southeastern United States, this dramatic story opens 100 years later, just as Nova Africa is poised to celebrate its first landing of a spacecraft on Mars. The prosperous black state will soon be tested when the granddaughter of John Brown returns from Africa to reunite with her daughter and share with her a secret that will alter their lives forever.
The intriguing story of how a bold but tiny group of beleaguered humanity—financed by a rogue billionaire—undertake the top-secret colonization of a nearby star system In this collection of sci-fi stories, heralded writer Carter Scholz explores a variety of sociopolitical themes. In the novella Gypsy, a few visionary scientists, chosen and nurtured by an eccentric billionaire undertake humankind's most expansive adventure—a generations-long voyage to a distant planet. The story "The Nine Billion Names of God" uses a classic sci-fi text to deconstruct literary deconstruction itself, with hilarious results. "Imprecations" is an unforgiving examination of the primary lies in popular culture. An interview with the author, in which Scholz reveals his sources, frustrations, forbidden delights, and demonic designs, is also included.
Author: George Johnson
Release Date: 2010-10-06
Are there really laws governing the universe? Or is the order we see a mere artifact of the way evolution wired the brain? And is what we call science only a set of myths in which quarks, DNA, and information fill the role once occupied by gods? These questions lie at the heart of George Johnson's audacious exploration of the border between science and religion, cosmic accident and timeless law. Northern New Mexico is home both to the most provocative new enterprises in quantum physics, information science, and the evolution of complexity and to the cosmologies of the Tewa Indians and the Catholic Penitentes. As it draws the reader into this landscape, juxtaposing the systems of belief that have taken root there, Fire in the Mind into a gripping intellectual adventure story that compels us to ask where science ends and religion begins. "A must for all those seriously interested in the key ideas at the frontier of scientific discourse."--Paul Davies From the Trade Paperback edition.
The cast of GALAXY QUEST has enjoyed a career resurgence since returning from their intergalactic adventure, but all that is about to be interrupted by Qint, an alien with a very surprising ax to grind against Jason Nesmith and the crew of the NSEA Protector!
Author: Terry Bisson
Publisher: William Morrow & Co
Release Date: 1990-06
To avoid bankruptcy, the U.S. government sells off NASA to Disney, and an independent producer sets out to film the first manned voyage to Mars, with two movie stars, an international film crew of retired astronauts, and a stowaway on board the ship
This timely collection of short stories leaves nothing in popular culture unscathed—from meetings with Somali pirates and a theory that Paypal is a criminal enterprise to an eerie reimagining of the 9/11 events and a visitor from Atlantis's search for a burger and fries. Additional stories include faux FAQs originally written for Britain's Science magazine and a seductive fantasy piece for Playboy. Opening with a harrowing, high-speed ride through the Upper South and ending with a desperate quest to find Darwin's doomsday machine in New Orleans, readers will delight in these clever stories that present current issues in a fresh new light.