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One of the finest writers in the English language, Rudyard Kipling was the first British author to win the Nobel Prize for Literature (in 1907). From children's stories to adult romances, from tales of ordinary men and women to tales of the supernatural, the scope and breadth of his work has rarely been equalled.
Kipling's mastery of his craft lies in his eye for telling detail. Whether he writes of an exotic land at the ends of the earth or of everyday England, of heaven or hell or anywhere in between, he brings it all home to the reader.
This selection of his science fiction includes some of his best-loved stories.
Rudyard Kipling has tales to tell, and he tells them with a sure hand. They have been and continue to be an enduring delight and inspiration to many generations of readers and writers.
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Genre aficionados are fond of finding literary antecedents in unlikely places, and science fiction devotees' latest rediscovery is the Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936). Hugo and Nebula winner Brunner's ( Maze of Stars ) view of Kipling as an SF ancestor is by no means unfounded, although some of the tales in this slim volume qualify only marginally as science fiction. For example, both "The Ship That Found Herself" and ".007" (referring not to James Bond but to a type of locomotive) derive whatever SF identity they have from the personification of machines: steel plates and cargo hatches think, feel and converse in the former, while train engines display workerlike camaraderie and competitiveness in the latter. Kipling generally keeps matters closer to metaphor than most contemporary SF practitioners would, but on occasion he emerges as a master of the genre, leaving his unique stamp on even the creakiest concepts. The slow-building "Wireless" tells of a time-spanning psychic influence; "The Eye of Allah" is an alternate history set in the Middle Ages; "Unprofessional" involves astrological medicine. All in all, an unexpectedly interesting offering.
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YA-- Ten stories from as many collections, dating from 1893-1932. Students are given background information, details, and rational for the inclusion of each story. Admirers of tongue-in-cheek humor; fans of rather leisurely, well-told tales; and individuals interested in comparing present-day history with how it might have been projected 50-100 years ago are certain to find at least one selection to their liking. Teens seeking short stories by a classic author or a quick glance into one of yesterday's most imaginative minds will be rewarded.
- Barbara Hawkins, Oakton High School, Fairfax, VA
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Book Description Tor Books, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0312853556