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INTERSECTIONS: The Sycamore Hill Anthology.

Anthology - signed] Kessel, John; Mark L Van Name and Richard Butner, editors. Nancy Kress, Karen Joy Fowler, Jonathan Lethem and James Patrick Kelly, signed.

ISBN 10: 0312860900 / ISBN 13: 9780312860905
Published by New York: TOR / Tom Doherty Associates, (1996.) dj, 1996
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. An anthology of original short stories by members of the 1994 Sycamore Hill Writers' Conference. SIGNED by FOUR authors at their stories: Nancy Kress, Jonathan Lethem, Karen Joy Fowler and James Patrick Kelly, Also includes stories by Richard Butner, Carol Emshwiller, Robert Frazier, Gregory Frost, Alexander Jablokov, John Kessel, Maureen F. McHugh, Michaela Roessner, Bruce Sterling, and Mark L. Van Name. 384 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 51554

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Title: INTERSECTIONS: The Sycamore Hill Anthology.

Publisher: New York: TOR / Tom Doherty Associates, (1996.) dj

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The Sycamore Hill Writers' Conference is a prestigious annual event; attendance is by invitation only. This outstanding anthology offers original stories by the members of the 1994 Sycamore Hill - some of the most successful and influential SF writers in the world.
In addition to the final form of the workshopped stories, each writer has created a commentary about the experience of the workshop itself - what the group and its comments meant to him or her.
As a bonus for readers interested in the writers' workshop experience, or in forming their own critique group, Intersections contains the "Turkey City Lexicon," a glossary of useful terms for critiquing science fiction stories, codified by the Turkey City workshop in Austin, Texas, and adopted by many writers' workshops around the world.


Each year, the invitation-only Sycamore Hill Writers' Conference brings together some of science fiction's greatest authors in a workshop focused on short SF/fantasy. In 1994, all stories submitted to the workshop were collected for Intersections. These 13 stories and one novel chapter, some rewritten by the authors to incorporate workshop critiques, are accompanied by authors' afterwords and by comments that were made about each story.

Unsurprisingly, Intersections is a superior anthology and an excellent resource for new and intermediate SF/F writers. The fiction is so strong that anyone uninterested in the art of crafting prose may skip the commentary without being shortchanged. (Just don't skip Appendix I, the incisive and hilarious "Turkey City Lexicon: A Primer for SF Workshops.")

The 1994 participants were Richard Butner, Carol Emshwiller, Karen Joy Fowler, Robert Frazier, Gregory Frost, Alexander Jablokov, James Patrick Kelly, John Kessel, Nancy Kress, Jonathan Lethem, Maureen F. McHugh, Michaela Roessner, Bruce Sterling, and Mark L. Van Name. With a lineup that strong, choosing the best stories has more to do with reader taste than writer ability; the works described here were selected to suggest the anthology's range and diversity. Bruce Sterling's Hugo Award-winning "Bicycle Repairman" displays his trademark brilliant high-tech extrapolation in the clash between an obsessed treadhead and a federal agent. "The Marianas Islands" is prose goddess Karen Joy Fowler's subtle, stunning portrait of a WWII widow and '60s activist grandmother whose father-in-law may have invented the submarine. Alexander Jablokov's "The Fury at Colonus" rewrites Greek myth as a modern, hard-boiled, satirical, and very strange sort of police procedural. In "The Miracle of Ivar Avenue," John Kessel pays tribute to a classic Hollywood director in a painfully sharp time-travel tale. In short, this is one of the best original literary-SF/F anthologies of the '90s. --Cynthia Ward

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