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Bishop, Michael.

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ISBN 10: 0931948967 / ISBN 13: 9780931948961
Published by Peachtree Publishers., Atlanta, GA:, 1986
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Signed by Bishop. Jacket has some wear to the extremeties and one short tear at the bottom of the rear panel. A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 17329

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Publisher: Peachtree Publishers., Atlanta, GA:

Publication Date: 1986

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st edition.

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Fourteen stories deal with alien hierogylphics, a young ventriloquist's contact with a mysterious force, the arrival of a mantis savior, and encounters with extraterrestrials

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YA Bishop has the rare gift of clear expression and boundless imaginationhe is a dreamer of poetic dreams. Close Encounters with the Deity is a collection of his short stories that were originally published in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, as well as in various other anthologies and periodicals. The book's unifying theme is man's concept of the Deity. Bishop's stories intermingle humor, horror, and awe in a manner similar to Vonnegut. In the title story, enlightenment occurs as the hero's space ship falls into a black hole. In ``Dogs' Lives,'' the main character fantasizes a trip through space accompanied by his cybernetic canine companion, flashing backwards and forwards through memories of childhood pet dogs' horrible fatesand their love and devotion to their human masters. ``The Gospel According to Gamaliel Crucis'' is written in chapter and verse format and relates the story of an extraterrestrial savior who is a giant praying mantis. The book should prove popular with young people, as Bishop seems to have a strong sympathy for them. His questioning of traditional religion is in every sense a healthy, vital return to the wonder we all felt when we lay on our backs and gazed up at the stars, wondering where we came from. Jennifer John Reavis, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Tex.

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