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Lucius Shepard (1943–2014)

Autor(a) de Life During Wartime

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About the Author

Lucius Shepard was born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1947. He wrote in many different genres including science fiction and fantasy, cyberpunk, magical realism, poetry, and non-fiction. He published his first short stories in 1983 and his first novel, Green Eyes, in 1984. His other works include Life mostrar mais During Wartime, The Jaguar Hunter, and Two Trains Running. He won several awards including the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1985, the Nebula Award for the novella R&R, the Hugo Award for the novella Barnacle Bill the Spacer, and the Shirley Jackson Award for the novella Vacancy. He died on March 18, 2014 at the age of 66. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Lucius Shepard

Life During Wartime (1987) 550 exemplares
The Golden (1993) 340 exemplares
Green Eyes (1984) 319 exemplares
The Jaguar Hunter (1987) 312 exemplares
The Dragon Griaule (2012) 181 exemplares
Barnacle Bill the Spacer and Other Stories (1997) — Autor — 172 exemplares
The Ends of the Earth (1990) 150 exemplares
Kalimantan (1990) 146 exemplares
Louisiana Breakdown (2003) 74 exemplares
Viator (2004) 73 exemplares
Softspoken (2007) 73 exemplares
Eternity and Other Stories (2005) 59 exemplares
Two Trains Running (2004) 57 exemplares
Aztechs (2002) 49 exemplares
Trujillo (2004) 47 exemplares
Valentine (2002) 46 exemplares
Beautiful Blood (2013) 40 exemplares
Floater (2003) — Autor — 39 exemplares
Dagger Key and Other Stories (1700) 39 exemplares
The Taborin Scale (2010) 39 exemplares
Vacancy & Ariel (2009) 30 exemplares
Colonel Rutherford's Colt (2003) 28 exemplares
Liar's House (2004) 20 exemplares
Viator Plus (2009) 19 exemplares
Salvador 18 exemplares
The Father of Stones (1989) 17 exemplares
Solitaire station: romanzo (2006) 12 exemplares
Nantucket Slayrides (1989) 12 exemplares
Shades [short fiction] 11 exemplares
The Sun Spider [short fiction] (1987) 10 exemplares
R & R [novella] 10 exemplares
Crocodile Rock (2012) 9 exemplares
Rose Street Attractors (2011) 9 exemplares
The End of Life As We Know It (1987) 8 exemplares
Thanatopolis (1993) 7 exemplares
Sous des cieux étrangers (2010) 7 exemplares
Le livre écorné de ma vie (2009) 6 exemplares
Abimagique (2007) 6 exemplares
Fire Zone Emerald (1988) 6 exemplares
Black Coral 6 exemplares
Piękna krew (2018) 6 exemplares
Handbook of American Prayer (2000) 6 exemplares
Only Partly Here (2009) 6 exemplares
Surrender [short fiction] (1989) 6 exemplares
Dead Money 5 exemplares
Dorada (2007) 5 exemplares
Sylgarmo's Proclamation (2009) 5 exemplares
Halloween Town 5 exemplares
Weapons of Mass Seduction (2005) 5 exemplares
El Cazador De Jaguares (1985) 5 exemplares
Vacancy (2013) 4 exemplares
The Last Time 4 exemplares
A Traveler's Tale 4 exemplares
Hobo Nation (2008) 3 exemplares
Le stelle senzienti (2009) 3 exemplares
Piste di guerra (2007) 3 exemplares
Jailwise 3 exemplares
Mengele 3 exemplares
Over Yonder 3 exemplares
Ariel (2013) 3 exemplares
Petite musique de nuit (2000) 2 exemplares
Bound for Glory 2 exemplares
Nomans Land 2 exemplares
A Wooden Tiger 2 exemplares
The Black Clay Boy 2 exemplares
On the border 2 exemplares
Sports in America 2 exemplares
Jailbait (short story) (2004) 2 exemplares
Human History 2 exemplares
The Exercise of Faith 2 exemplares
Señor Volto 2 exemplares
Larissa Miusov 2 exemplares
Jack's Decline 2 exemplares
The Skinny Girl 1 exemplar
Slice of Life 1 exemplar
Visitor 1 exemplar
The Skull (2011) 1 exemplar
Vermillion #2 1 exemplar
Anti-Trek 1 exemplar
Solitario's Eyes 1 exemplar
The Emperor 1 exemplar
The Lepidopterist 1 exemplar
After Ildiko 1 exemplar
Chinandega 1 exemplar
The Arcevoalo 1 exemplar
Multiplexity 1 exemplar
Korean Futures 1 exemplar
Earth Hits the Fan 1 exemplar

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighteenth Annual Collection (2001) — Contribuidor — 474 exemplares
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The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction (2005) — Contribuidor — 365 exemplares
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Teeth: Vampire Tales (2011) — Contribuidor — 300 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Seventh Annual Collection (1990) — Contribuidor — 280 exemplares
The 1987 Annual World's Best SF (1987) — Contribuidor — 238 exemplares
The 1985 Annual World's Best SF (1985) — Contribuidor — 236 exemplares
The 1988 Annual World's Best SF (1988) — Contribuidor — 235 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection (2004) — Contribuidor — 233 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection (1986) — Contribuidor — 225 exemplares
The 1986 Annual World's Best SF (1986) — Contribuidor — 215 exemplares
Tails of Wonder and Imagination: Cat Stories (2010) — Contribuidor — 215 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixth Annual Collection (1993) — Contribuidor — 210 exemplares
Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense (2011) — Contribuidor — 205 exemplares
Modern Classic Short Novels of Science Fiction (1994) — Contribuidor — 201 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection (1987) — Contribuidor — 201 exemplares
The 1990 Annual World's Best SF (1990) — Contribuidor — 201 exemplares
Modern Classics of Science Fiction (1991) — Contribuidor — 201 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Second Annual Collection (1987) — Contribuidor — 198 exemplares
The End of the World: Stories of the Apocalypse (2010) — Contribuidor — 197 exemplares
The Secret History of Science Fiction (2009) — Contribuidor — 196 exemplares
The Fantasy Hall of Fame (1998) — Contribuidor — 192 exemplares
The Beastly Bride: Tales of the Animal People (2010) — Contribuidor — 190 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories (1994) — Contribuidor — 188 exemplares
Future on Fire (1991) — Contribuidor — 187 exemplares
Strange Dreams (1993) — Contribuidor — 186 exemplares
Other Earths (2009) — Contribuidor — 181 exemplares
The Dark (2003) — Contribuidor — 177 exemplares
Wings of Fire (2010) — Contribuidor — 176 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourth Annual Collection (1991) — Contribuidor — 155 exemplares
Eclipse 1: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2007) — Contribuidor — 148 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy (2001) — Contribuidor — 144 exemplares
Inferno (2007) — Contribuidor — 141 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Short Horror Novels (1988) — Contribuidor — 135 exemplares
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The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2010 Edition (2010) — Contribuidor — 113 exemplares
The New Hugo Winners, Volume IV (1997) — Contribuidor — 113 exemplares
Hauntings (2013) — Contribuidor — 111 exemplares
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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Second Annual Collection (1985) — Contribuidor — 100 exemplares
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Nebula Awards Showcase 2009 (2009) — Contribuidor — 92 exemplares
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Visions of Wonder (1996) — Contribuidor — 89 exemplares
Asimov's Science Fiction: Hugo & Nebula Award Winning Stories (1995) — Contribuidor — 87 exemplares
Nebula Awards Showcase 2005 (2005) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares
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Nebula Awards 23 (1989) — Contribuidor — 67 exemplares
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Universe 14 (1984) — Contribuidor — 62 exemplares
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Best Short Novels 2004 (2004) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook: No. 2 (1989) — Introdução — 57 exemplares
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Future War (1999) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons (2013) — Contribuidor — 52 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #16 (1987) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
Ripper (1988) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
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Good but dark

The title pretty much says it all. A lot of good tales in here, but he does tend to dark themes
 
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acb13adm | Sep 13, 2023 |
This book has sat, unread, on my shelf for probably twenty years, on the strength of Shepard's novel Life during Wartime. I finally worked my way around to it, and I'm sad to say that I was not overwhelmed. All the stories dated from the late 1980s or early- to mid-90s, and most show their age.

The (Nebula-winning) title story starts out with something of an Expanse-like vibe but was spoilt for me by the pov character and others purporting to be British but talking in appalling Mockney accents, and Shepard thinking that Manchester is in the Midlands. I also quickly began to stumble over Shepard's stream-of-consciousness 100-word sentences. As an occasional device, this could be excused; but not as a habit, especially when they appear in the internal narrative of a character who otherwise presents as an "ordinary bloke". There were also a lot of elements in this story which seemed to have been lifted wholesale from Peter Hyams' 1981 film Outland.

Two of the stories weren't remotely science fiction; one, Beast of the Heartland, a boxing story, might qualify as borderline fantasy, or fantastic realism. Interestingly, both of these stories first appeared in Playboy. Of the others, one (All the perfumes of Araby) is set in the aftermath of the first Gulf War, and although it refers to an early 21st century that never quite happened, it does reflect the current real-world political concerns of the Middle East in a recognisable way, including war in Syria (although Shepard's knowledge of the practice of Islam is a bit lacking). For me, this story and Human History were the stand-out stories of the collection. Human History relates a story of a marginal settlement in Arizona in the aftermath of a (historical) socio-environmental catastrophe. Shepard leaves the backstory open to speculation, which was probably the right thing to do even if I found it mildly unsatisfactory.

The Sun Spider seems to be about a pop philosopher/physicist who discovers life on the surface of the Sun, but is also about interpersonal relationships and revenge. Set on a space station in a close solar orbit, the story has a creepy and villainous administrator who runs the station as a personal fiefdom without anyone turning a hair; in any case, the station seems more like a posh hotel and the whole thing does not convince. And there is a nasty tale, A Little Night Music, which uses a science-fictional idea (a resurrection process for the recently-dead which has the side effect of making the resurrectees into strange jazz musicians) as a framing device for an urban tale of infidelity which turns into misogynistic violence.

Indeed, much of the writing seems to be predominantly masculine, and some modern readers will have difficulty with this. For me, two good stories out of seven doesn't make for a ringing endorsement.
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½
 
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RobertDay | 5 outras críticas | Aug 5, 2023 |
If one can imagine Coppola's Apocalypse Now, dressed up in a sci-fi garb and with the level of insanity cranked up, that's the best way I can think of describing Life During Wartime. It is a(n almost) plotless, unpredictable, ethereal nightmare that nonetheless paces itself well (at least during its beginnings) and sucks you deep into the allure of its horror.

There's some really nice writing, and I think it was originally published under the label of "literary fiction"; which is interesting because I think the genre elements really swallow it as the book goes on, and in a way that even made me cringe a bit. I did like quite a lot about Life During Wartime - initially I was drawn to its trippy, war-time atmosphere - but I was less keen when more plot entered the scene and it almost began to feel like a sophisticated, adult X-Men. The more it drifted into its themes of psychological warfare the more disinterested I became, because I just didn't find the whole "war within a war" element compelling at all. I also thought the development of the romance was poor, especially as the main character just seems like a moody git who wants to screw anything that walks (the forced eroticism gets tedious). Funnily enough, by the end it almost seemed like a core theme of the book was "love" and that it was perhaps intended as some kind of romance novel in part. That didn't really work for me either.

Not a bad book, and possibly worth reading, but ultimately it felt a bit messy and unsatisfying. Joe Haldeman does much better with "military sci-fi meets romance" with his novel, The Forever War.
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TheScribblingMan | 10 outras críticas | Jul 29, 2023 |
La asamblea celebrada en el castillo Banat aquella noche de 1860 llevaba más de tres siglos planificándose, aunque sólo se había dedicado un esfuerzo mínimo a los aspectos ceremoniales de la reunión. No: la mayor parte del tiempo y la energía se había invertido en la crianza y cruce de determinadas líneas de sangre mortales con el fin de producir la más excepcional de las esencias, una cosecha de inigualable sabor y buqué: la Dorada. Los miembros de la Familia habían acudido desde todos los confines de Europa con el objeto de participar en la Decantación. Entre ellos, Michel Beheim, antiguo detective de la policía de París recientemente vampirizado, que tendrá que recurrir a sus talentos humanos cuando un crimen inimaginable sacuda a la comunidad de los no-muertos.… (mais)
 
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Natt90 | Mar 30, 2023 |

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Obras
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Membros
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Popularidade
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