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Eileen Gunn (1) (1945–)

Autor(a) de Stable Strategies and Others

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24+ Works 346 Membros 13 Críticas

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Obras por Eileen Gunn

Stable Strategies and Others (2004) 162 exemplares
Questionable Practices: Stories (2014) 84 exemplares
Night Shift (Outspoken Authors) (2022) 16 exemplares
Zeppelin City (2009) 12 exemplares
Steampunk Quartet (2010) 6 exemplares
Thought Experiment 3 exemplares
Fellow Americans 2 exemplares
Up the Fire Road 2 exemplares
Speak, Geek [short story] — Autor — 2 exemplares
Hive Mind Man (2012) 1 exemplar
Contact 1 exemplar
Flurb 11 1 exemplar
Lichen And Rock 1 exemplar
Computer Friendly 1 exemplar
Coming To Terms 1 exemplar
Nirvana High — Autor — 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction (2005) — Contribuidor — 359 exemplares
Alternate Presidents (1992) — Contribuidor — 236 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (2012) — Contribuidor — 219 exemplares
Filter House (2008) — Introdução — 204 exemplares
Year's Best SF 12 (2007) — Contribuidor — 184 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: 21st Annual Collection (2008) — Contribuidor — 165 exemplares
Eclipse 1: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2007) — Contribuidor — 148 exemplares
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010) — Contribuidor — 128 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Four (2010) — Contribuidor — 126 exemplares
Eclipse 4: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2011) — Contribuidor — 115 exemplares
Futures from Nature (2007) — Contribuidor — 113 exemplares
Nebula Awards Showcase 2006 (2006) — Contribuidor — 112 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New SF (2008) — Contribuidor — 103 exemplares
Nebula Awards Showcase 2004 (2004) — Contribuidor — 77 exemplares
Time Travel: Recent Trips (2014) — Contribuidor — 71 exemplares
Last Week's Apocalypse (2006) — Introdução — 63 exemplares
Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany (2015) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares
Tales by Moonlight (1983) — Contribuidor — 51 exemplares
Isaac Asimov's SF-Lite (1993) — Contribuidor — 51 exemplares
Genometry (2001) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Isaac Asimov's Cyberdreams (1994) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin (2010) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on tor.com (2013) — Contribuidor — 36 exemplares
Welcome to Dystopia: 45 Visions of What Lies Ahead (2017) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
The WisCon Chronicles (2007) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka (2011) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
The WisCon Chronicles, Vol.5: Writing and Racial Identity (2011) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
The Big Book of Cyberpunk (2023) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
The WisCon Chronicles Vol. 6: Futures of Feminism and Fandom (2012) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 36, No. 2 [February 2012] (2012) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Pwning Tomorrow (2015) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 24, No. 4 [April 2000] (2000) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Narrative Power: Encounters, Celebrations, Struggles (2010) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 46 • March 2014 (2014)algumas edições9 exemplares
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 22 (2008) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Making History: Classic Alternate History Stories (2019) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 43, No. 3 & 4 [March/April 2019] (2019) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
MidAmeriCon II Souvenir Book — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Science Fiction Eye #08, Winter 1991 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Science Fiction Eye #07, August 1990 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



It's a good collection, with a bit of a range of weirdness to it. I particularly liked the lead story, "Stable Strategies for Middle Management," but that's me. YMMV, etc.
Jon_Hansen | 2 outras críticas | Sep 1, 2022 |
Gunn's short stories are varied, wildly imaginative, funny, scary, and a bit profound. Whether it is an alternate career for Richard Nixon, mankind's first meeting with an alien species, or people deliberately turning themselves into insects, there's something here for every taste. Don't miss it.
datrappert | 2 outras críticas | Mar 21, 2020 |
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I remained truly impressed by Small Beer's publication record, but I have to admit that Gunn's work is a little weird for me. She builds absolutely dizzying, riveting stories that have me going, 'Wait. What?' at the close -- even in the fairy-tale stories, which is a subgenre I adore.

This collection will be an utter hit with fans of Gunn; it just wasn't quite one for me. Three stars.

To test if you are a fan of Gunn, visit Tor.com for some of her fiction:

rel="nofollow" target="_top">http://www.tor.com/stories/2010/12/the-trains-that-climb-the-winter-tree… (mais)
MyriadBooks | 4 outras críticas | Jul 28, 2014 |
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Titling a collection “Questionable Practices” is just asking for it.

I, however, am a kind reviewer not given to snarky comments. I will not sacrifice accuracy for cheap sarcasm.

It is a clever title, though. Would that all the stories were clever or funny.

The two original works here, “Chop Wood, Carry Water” and “Phantom Pain”, are good. The first story is a retelling of the story of Rabbi Loew’s golem in Praha (Prague). It has gentle wit and sorrow as the golem relates his story, an account of the centuries since he was created, and how he hasn’t always been able to fulfill his task of protecting the local Jews. There’s no humor in the second story. It’s the sometimes clinical, but moving, account of a wounded American soldier in the Pacific Theater of World War Two. As he crawls to safety, he has visions of his future life. The pain he will experience in that life is not only from an amputated limb but lost loved ones as well.

“Up the Fire Road” is a funny, if ultimately inconsequential, story about a couple that finds a Sasquatch who casts its sexual glamour on them. “Speak, Geek” is a short-short story, one of those science fiction pieces first published in Nature. Its life in the corporate world, but some of the workers are dog-human and cat-human chimeras. It goes past “funnier than you would think” into “funny”.

I even liked “Thought Experiment” even though I generally hate it when any Baby Boomer mentions Woodstock in any way. It’s a time travel farce.

There are a lot of collaborations here, mostly with Michael Swanwick. In “’Shed That Guilt! Double Your Productivity Overnight!’”, Mr. Swanwick offers a unique service to Ms. Gunn. It’s the funniest piece in the book despite swipes at Republicans and Dick Cheney that don’t work even as coherent political satire.

A techno-hippy meets the oncoming of the Singularity in the moderately amusing “Hive Mind Man” written with Rudy Rucker. Amusing … with a creepy, ambiguous ending hiding behind the California mysticism.

But there’s a whole lot of stuff here that isn’t funny, surrealist pieces that go nowhere, weird takeoffs on tv shows that are neither interesting or funny as parodies or in any other way. “No Place to Raise Kids: A Tale of Forbidden Love” is a gender bender with a pregnant Spock – the Vulcan, not the pediatrician. Poem – and I don’t mind poetry – “To the Moon Alice” is about the old tv sitcom The Honeymooners. “Michael Swanwick and Samuel R. Delany at the Joyce Kilmer Service Area, March 2005” is a surrealistic (and fictional) dialogue between the two writers as transcribed by Gunn.

And then there is “The Steampunk Quartet”, parodies subtitled “A Different Engine”, “Day After the Cooters”, “The Perdido Street Project”, and “Internal Devices”. Yes, I recognized all the parodied titles even if I haven’t read them all. But I found none but the parody of K. W. Jeter’s Infernal Devices even a bit funny.

Not being a fan of fairy tales in general, it was to be expected that I wasn’t all that fond of the Swanwick-Gunn collaboration “The Trains That Climb the Winter Tree”. A lot of dead people here, at Christmas time, and the unconvincing claim that “understanding is stronger than truth”. Another fairy tale-like story making a stab at delivering wisdom is “The Armies of Elfland”. Here the same authors deliver an interesting violation of story clichés in a story about some nasty elves who kill off most of the world’s people, leaving only children. One, Agnes, must learn to endure the torments of the Queen of Elfland. I take it as a feminist rejection of fairy tale expectations.

Sort of striding the intersection of the fairy tale stories and the literary parodies is “Zeppelin City” from, again, Gunn and Swanwick. I loathed this story and rushed to finish it. Totally unconvincing as an alternate history despite various early 20th century figures making an appearance, dull and plodding as literary parody despite zeppelins and bottled brains and autogyroists, shaky in its transitions between scenes, and banal in its observation that new technologies don’t lead to utopias.

Gunn fans I’m sure will want this collection. The rest of you … I’m not sure. If you’re curious about the acclaimed Gunn, I’d go for the cheap Kindle edition.
… (mais)
2 vote
RandyStafford | 4 outras críticas | Jun 30, 2014 |


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