THE AVRAM DAVIDSON TREASURY: A Tribute Collection

[Davidson, Avram, 1923-1993) Silverberg, Robert & Davis Grania, editors. William Gibson, signed.

ISBN 10: 0312867298 / ISBN 13: 9780312867294
Published by New York: TOR / Tom Doherty Associates, (1998.) dj
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SIGNED hardcover - Hardcover. A collection of 38 stories by important author: Davidson was an American Jewish writer of fantasy fiction, science fiction, and crime fiction, and more. He won a Hugo Award, three World Fantasy Awards , a World Fantasy Life Achievement award, and a Queen's Award and an Edgar Award in the mystery genre. Each story is preceded by an introduction from other writers, including Guy Davenport, Harlan Ellison, Damon Knight, William Gibson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Karen Anderson, Peter Beagle and Richard Lupoff, Gregory Benford, Bill Pronzini, Gardner Dozois and others. SIGNED by Silverberg on the title page and by William Gibson at the introduction to "Naples", and uncommon thus. Includes a foreword by each editor and afterwords by Ray Bradbury and Harlan Ellison, 447 pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket (slight spine slant). Bookseller Inventory # 62832

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Title: THE AVRAM DAVIDSON TREASURY: A Tribute ...

Publisher: New York: TOR / Tom Doherty Associates, (1998.) dj

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Avram Davidson, author of such classics as "Or All the Seas with Oysters", "Help! I am Dr. Morris Goldpepper", "Golem", and "My Boyfriend's Name Is Jello", was widely regarded as one of the most outstanding authors of short fantasy fiction in our time. Now his estate and his friends have brought together a definitive collection of his finest work, each story introduced by an SF luminary: writers like Ursula K. Le Guin, William Gibson, Poul Anderson, Gene Wolfe, Guy Davenport, Peter S. Beagle, Gregory Benford, Alan Dean Foster, Thomas M. Disch, and dozens of others. This is a volume every lover of 20th-century fantasy will need to own.

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The Avram Davidson Treasury may be the most satisfying short-story collection of the decade. Davidson (1923-1993), one of science fiction and fantasy's greatest writers, was "a master shaper of small stories," writes Alan Dean Foster in his introduction to "Or the Grasses Grow." Foster is joined in introducing the stories by dozens of extraordinary authors, including Ursula K. Le Guin, Gene Wolfe, William Gibson, Poul Anderson, and many others. Davidson was clearly adored, and often emulated, despite his reputation for being somewhat curmudgeonly. His mastery of language was exquisite, and his stories glittered like diamonds. Each of the 38 tales in this collection spanning five decades is a self-contained wonderland. One of the most famous (and most often plagiarized) short stories in science fiction appears here: "Or All the Seas with Oysters," tells of slightly sinister safety pin pupae, coat hanger larvae, and bicycle adults in a world where machines are more than they seem.

Of "Dagon," John Clute writes, "It is as vicious as the world of a fish, and wise. It is masterly.... it cannot be read. It can only be re-read." On the surface, this is the story of an American military officer in Peking in 1945, but lurking underneath are ancient gods, Chinese magicians, and the obscene torpor of hell. As Ray Bradbury writes in his afterword, "Many of these stories are complete mysteries, puzzles. Avram Davidson starts us in a fog and lets us orient ourselves slowly.... His knack for a proper pace is that of a true teller of tales." But all of Davidson's stories aren't dark--far from it. He was a satirical genius, able to poke fun at sacred cows and turn a comic phrase with the best of them. Some of these stories will make you laugh out loud.

To the fan of great literary short fiction: Don't skip over this deeply fulfilling treasury because Avram Davidson was "only" a science fiction author. He's been compared to Rudyard Kipling, Saki, John Collier, and G.K. Chesterton, if you need a literary excuse.

And to the science fiction or fantasy fan: This amazing and creative Hugo, Edgar, and World Fantasy Award winner, nominated for seven Nebula Awards by his fellow writers, will astound and amaze you. --Therese Littleton

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