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Kress, Nancy.

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ISBN 10: 0870541668 / ISBN 13: 9780870541667
Published by Arkham House., Sauk City, WI:, 1993
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Signed by Kress. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 29775

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Publisher: Arkham House., Sauk City, WI:

Publication Date: 1993

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Edition: 1st edition.

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A collection of stories dealing with such themes as the ability to prevent accidents and save lives by cutting off a finger, staying eternally young, yet losing one's wisdom, by purging memories, and remaining sane only by being quarantined with a nonfatal disfiguring disease

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What consequences would befall an individual, or society as a whole, if science discovered that an occasional purge of our memories would keep us eternally young--as well as destroy our wisdom? Or if you could get rid of the unpleasant people in your life simply by willing them into a dollhouse? Or if cutting off a finger could prevent an accident and save countless lives? Propositions such as these and others equally discomfiting set the tone for Kress' sometimes brilliant and always absorbing second collection of short stories. Her deliberately skewed but skillfully rendered visions encompass a world on the brink of, or long since past, environmental and social collapse. In "Inertia," the quarantined victims of a disfiguring but nonfatal disease discover their affliction also keeps them sane and content, unlike those in the chaotic world outside. "And Wild for to Hold" masterfully alternates perspective between that of Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn, and that of a historian from a distant future to which pivotal historic figures like Boleyn are taken in order to prevent otherwise inevitable bloodshed. In every tale, Kress displays a characteristic penchant for subtle horror that is contained by her mature, original storytelling ability. Easily one of the year's best sf collections. Carl Hays

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