Think Like a Dinosaur: And Other Stories

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This first major retrospective collects Kelly's finest short fiction from a 20-year career and includes a dazzling array of work, from hard science fiction and Twilight Zone–inspired fantasies to stark futuristic horror. The grim fable “Pogrom” presents a near-futuristic scenario in which internecine warfare has broken out between the aging boomer generation and a youthful dispossessed proletariat who must support them. The landmark novella “Mr. Boy” is the wildly inventive tale of a genetically stunted 12-year-old who literally lives inside his mother, who has turned herself into a three-quarter-scale model of the Statue of Liberty. “The First Law of Thermodynamics” is a remarkable evocation of the psychedelic sixties—the time of Vietnam, Kent State, and acid rock—in which, like that era itself, nothing is what it appears to be. The now-famous title story, “Think Like a Dinosaur,” is a tale of a transporter beam maintained by aliens, through which humanity can visit the stars. This replaces 0965590194.

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This is a handsome, limited edition collection of the best work by one of the finest short fiction writers in science fiction. There are 14 stories in all, ranging from straight SF to tales that stray into the fantasy and horror genres. Of special note is the title story, which earned the 1996 Hugo Award for Best Novelette and a 1996 Nebula Award nomination. But all of the stories are excellent in their own right. An insightful forward by James Patrick Kelly's friend and sometimes collaborator John Kessel (Corrupting Dr. Nice) leads off the collection and explores Kelly's somewhat underrated career.

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James Patrick Kelly is the author of Strange but Not a Stranger, Wildlife, Heroines, Look into the Sun, Freedom Beach, and Plant of Whispers. He has won the World Science Fiction Society's Hugo Award twice. He writes a column on the Internet for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. He lives in Nottingham, New Hampshire.

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