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The Pure Product: Stories

Kessel, John

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ISBN 10: 0312861176 / ISBN 13: 9780312861179
Published by Tor Books, New York, 1997
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Unread. In a clear protective mylar cover. A collection of great stories by one of the most imaginative writers of speculative fiction, including 'Miracle at Ivar Avenue' and three companion pieces to his novel 'Corrupting Dr. Nice', with story notes by the author. Slight push from handling to ends of spine. Bookseller Inventory # 1000659

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Title: The Pure Product: Stories

Publisher: Tor Books, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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The Pure Product brings together for the first time in one volume Kessel's finest short fiction from the past decade. This exceptional collection contains nineteen astonishing voyages into worlds of wonder and mystery, complete with omnipotent beings, time travel, alternate histories, and playful takes on popular literature. The collection also includes three companion pieces to his most recent novel, Corrupting Dr. Nice. Here are the meditations of an exceptional writer who understands that darkness and tragedy can turn in one breathless heartbeat to moments of absurdity, epiphany, passion, or joy.


Nebula Award winner John Kessel is one of the best short-SF writers of the 1990s. His stories are intelligent, literate, sometimes metafictional, often black-humored. They can be as hard and piercing as a rapier, yet they always have a tang of insightful compassion. The seventeen stories in The Pure Product examine human nature, destiny, and identity through alternate history, quantum universes, relativity, and time travel; through omnipotent beings and alien cultures; and through memory manipulation and role reversals. "Invaders" juxtaposes the Spanish conquest of the Incas with an equally devastating near-future alien invasion. In "Animals," humans have been turned into pets for powerful and inscrutable beings, and one man's encounter with a human who has never lived under alien control has unexpected and dangerous consequences. In "Hearts Do Not in Eyes Shine," an estranged couple seeks to rescue their relationship by regaining trust through selective memory erasure--but one of the lovers may have lied about undergoing the procedure.

Nine of The Pure Product's seventeen stories previously appeared in Meeting in Infinity; two stories appear for the first time in The Pure Product. --Cynthia Ward

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