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GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Marusek, David.

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ISBN 10: 1596060883 / ISBN 13: 9781596060883
Published by Subterranean Press., Burton, MI:, 2007
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Title: GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Publisher: Subterranean Press., Burton, MI:

Publication Date: 2007

Edition: 1st edition.

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Book by Marusek, David

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Starred Review. Marusek, in a blurb for this superb collection of 10 stories (all the shorter SF he's published to date), gives fair warning when he says he lays his stories "like traps and bait[s] them with shiny ideas." Since the author lives in Alaska, it's no surprise to find that his characters inhabit extreme environments, both physical and psychological. "The Earth Is on the Mend" and "Yurek Rutz, Yurek Rutz, Yurek Rutz" are set in the Arctic, with characters made pragmatic by cold circumstance. Similarly stark is the world of "Cabbages and Kale or How We Downsized North America" (one of several entries that are sketches for his 2006 novel, Counting Heads), where characters fight to stay ahead of change, and one bad decision can topple a world. Marusek's "shiny ideas"—cloned laborers, electronic "proxies," the "boutique economy"—sparkle, but these assured stories also draw on core SF themes: in the face of change, what does it mean to be human, and where do we draw the line between helping ourselves and hurting others? (Apr.)
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