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Colin Greenland

Autor(a) de Take Back Plenty

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Obras por Colin Greenland

Take Back Plenty (1990) — Autor — 474 exemplares
Harm's Way (1993) 221 exemplares
Seasons of Plenty (1995) 169 exemplares
Mother of Plenty (1998) 80 exemplares
Interzone: The 1st Anthology (1985) — Editor — 73 exemplares
The Hour of the Thin Ox (1987) 45 exemplares
The Plenty Principle (1997) 44 exemplares
Other Voices (1988) 40 exemplares
Finding Helen (2003) 23 exemplares
Spiritfeather (Dreamtime) (2000) 7 exemplares
Storm Warnings: Science Fiction Confronts the Future (1987) — Editor — 4 exemplares
Temptations of Iron 4 exemplares
The Well Wishers 3 exemplares
Nothing Special 3 exemplares
In the Garden 2 exemplares
Candy Comes Back 2 exemplares
Fiery Spirits 2 exemplares
Den ¤ny Alice 2 exemplares
The wish [short fiction] (1988) 2 exemplares
The Foreign Post 1 exemplar
Best Friends 1 exemplar
Rconquistar Plenty 1 exemplar
Kings 1 exemplar
Them That's Got 1 exemplar
Miss Otis Regrets 1 exemplar
The Traveller 1 exemplar
Grandma 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Sandman: Book of Dreams (1996) — Contribuidor — 2,048 exemplares
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Now We Are Sick: An Anthology of Nasty Verse (1991) — Contribuidor — 348 exemplares
The Space Opera Renaissance (2007) — Contribuidor — 282 exemplares
Interfictions: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing (2007) — Contribuidor — 225 exemplares
Tombs (1995) — Contribuidor — 115 exemplares
Starlight 3 (2001) — Contribuidor — 103 exemplares
Temps (1991) — Contribuidor — 98 exemplares
Moon Shots (1999) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
Eurotemps (1992) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
In Dreams (1992) — Contribuidor — 52 exemplares
The Weerde Book 1: A Shared World Anthology (1992) — Contribuidor — 51 exemplares
More Tales from the "Forbidden Planet" (1990) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
Final Shadows (1991) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
Best of British Science Fiction 2018 (2019) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
Other Edens 2 (1988) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
Touch Wood (1993) — Contribuidor — 36 exemplares
Thirteen More Tales of Horror (1994) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
Constellations (2005) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
The Weerde Book 2: The Book of the Ancients (1993) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
The Cat-Dogs (1995) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Thirteen Again (Short Stories) (Point Horror 13's) (1995) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Drabble Project (1988) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
White Dwarf 75 (1986) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
White Dwarf 77 (1986) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Interzone 042 (1990) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
White Dwarf 83 (1986) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Greenland, Colin
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Dover, Kent, England, UK
Locais de residência
England, UK
science fiction writer
Clarke, Susanna (partner)
Gaiman, Neil (friend)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Guest of Honour, Eastercon, UK (1996)



Greenland, Colin. Take Back Plenty. 1990. Tabitha Jute No. 1. SF Gateway, 2013.
In most space operas, human beings find some way to travel to the stars and either create or join a galactic civilization. In Take Back Plenty, Colin Greenland turns these memes upside down. The aliens have come to us, filling the solar system with extraterrestrial visitors of several species. They have also told us to stay home in the Sol system. Thus, there is interstellar trade and culture, but human colonies are outclassed by large-scale alien habitats. Our heroine, Tabitha Jute, is the owner of a small freighter who makes a marginal living as a trader. The freighter has a damaged AI, called Alice Liddell, after the little girl who inspired Alice in Wonderland. To keep it sane, Tabitha tells it stories, some fictional and some from her own past. The main plot begins when Tabitha contracts with a fast-talking, seductive impresario to take him to an alien space habitat called Plenty to pick up his cabaret troupe. Adventure ensues. Tabitha has a well-developed personality with more depth to her character than we usually adventure heroines. The conversations between Tabitha and Alice are charming. The alien menagerie is complex and well-detailed. I don’t know what the competition was, but I am not surprised that Take Back Plenty won the Arthur C. Clarke Award. I plan to read the other two volumes of the trilogy. 4 stars.… (mais)
1 vote
Tom-e | 4 outras críticas | Dec 9, 2021 |
This wasn't earth-shattering by any stretch, but it was extremely enjoyable. I was going to go straight onto the second one in the trilogy, unfortunaltely it gets really abyssmal reviews(on Amazon at least) so I'm now not at all sure I'll be reading it at all. I can't even bring myself to just skip the second and go onto the third, since that one only gets average reviews and says the first book is a lot better anyway.

Still, this one was good. Tabitha Jute is a well written character and her companions are interesting(especially the cherub). I'm not sure how it managed to pick up two awards in the same year, or even in any year. It's not that it's a bad read, it isn't, but I'm sure there are more deserving reads out there. I was in just the right frame of mind for a bit of pulpy science fiction though so that helped my enjoyment.

Very good read. Worth your time.
… (mais)
SFGale | 4 outras críticas | Mar 23, 2021 |
I’ve been a fan of Greenland’s writing for many years, especially the Plenty books and Harm’s Way. He was very active throughout the 1980s and 1990s, as a critic, an editor of Interzone, and a writer, but his last published novel was Finding Helen in 2002. Which is a shame. The Hour of the Thin Ox is one of three literary fantasies, the Daybreak trilogy, he published in the 1980s. I don’t actually recall if they’re set in the same universe – I suspect yes, if only because they’re lumped together as a trilogy. Anyway, in The Hour of the Thin Ox, the heir to a wealthy merchant family in Bryland finds her fortunes so diminished she ends up joining the army to fight the empire invading the countries to the north. This is not a novel that would really pass muster in 2020. It’s well written, but there’s an uncomfortable thread of orientalism running throughout the story, with its emphasis on the Far-East-inspired Escalans and their drive to expand and assimilate other nations and cultures. The second half of the novel takes place in a jungle region, partly conquered by the Escalans, but they’re in the process of killing off its indigenes. The Brylander now leads a small guerrilla group against the Escalan invaders. And, of course, the indigenes are neither as savage nor as primitive as the Escalans insist. The story seemed like it was going somewhere with its jungle warfare plot, but other than a big set-piece, it more or less petered out. A novel that felt like it was part of a larger series and not a complete instalment, despite being well written with some effective world-building.… (mais)
iansales | 1 outra crítica | Feb 9, 2021 |
A solar system space opera. Humans and some aliens are confined to the Solar System by an advanced alien race called the Capellans. Space barge pilot Tabitha Jute and her ship the Alice Liddell are down on their luck on Mars. Tabitha falls in with some disreputable characters and a simple mission spirals into something which changes the entire system.
questbird | 4 outras críticas | Jan 25, 2020 |



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