Fire Watch

Connie Willis

ISBN 10: 0312941625 / ISBN 13: 9780312941628
Published by Bluejay Books, Chappaqua, NY, 1985
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine in fine dust jacket with mylar sleeve. First edition, first printing in unclipped dust jacket. A tight, clean copy. Unread. The author's first collection of short fiction and first hardcover book. Collects twelve stories including the title story, winner of the 1982 Nebula and 1983 Hugo awards for best novelette, and ''A Letter from the Clearys,'' winner of the 1982 Nebula award for best short story. Bookseller Inventory # 001175

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Title: Fire Watch

Publisher: Bluejay Books, Chappaqua, NY

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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This collection of short science fiction includes the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novella "Fire Watch," the Nebula Award-winning novelette "A Letter from the Clearys," and twelve other acclaimed stories

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Fire Watch collects 12 stories from one of science fiction's most decorated authors. Although the stories are thematically unrelated, an undercurrent of mortality weights many of the tales with a powerful sense of humanity's frailties. Two of the best pieces are "A Letter from the Clearys" and "The Sidon in the Mirror," both of which show people reacting to death in characteristically odd (and disappointingly human) ways. Fans of Willis's time-travel books, The Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog, will be delighted to find that the title story tells of another hapless Oxford history student sent back to World War II Britain to learn a hard lesson. Just when the book threatens to leave you morose and depressed, Willis reveals her wonderfully absurdist side in "Mail Order Clone" and "Blued Moon." Willis is a master of the novel, but her short stories are superb reading as well. This is a nice collection for a fan's library and a great introduction for those unfamiliar with her work. --Therese Littleton

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