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Northern suns
Hartwell, David G.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Tor, 1999.
Physical Description:
382 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Freeforall / Margaret Atwood -- Divisions / Eric Choi -- The eighth register / Alain Bergeron -- Doing time / Robert Boyczuk -- The fragrance of orchids / Sally McBride -- The sages of Cassiopeia / Scott Mackay -- Domestic slash and thrust / Jan Lars Jensen -- Halo / Karl Schroeder -- A habit of waste / Nalo Hopkinson -- Things invisible to see / W.P. Kinsella -- The dummy ward / David Nickle -- Near enough to home / Michael Skeet -- Farm wife / Nancy Kilpatrick -- Beyond the barriers / Charles Montpetit -- Bugtown / Ursula Pflug -- The history of photography / Derryl Murphy -- Craphound / Cory Doctorow -- Twilight of the real / Wesley Herbert -- Offer of immortality / Robertson Davies -- Reve Canadien / Jean Pierre April -- Fan / Geoff Ryman -- Fables of transcendence / John Clute.
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PR9197.35.S33 N67 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In 1994, Tor Books published Northern Stars, a compendium of Canadian science fiction which demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that country's influence on the genre. Now award-winning anthologist David G. Hartwell and noted writer and critic Glenn Grant bring us a second volume of superlative speculative fiction with an entirely new lineup of authors.Northern Suns is an adventurous mix of visionary futures, otherworldly fantasies, and strange histories that might have been, from a dazzling combination of world-renowned masters and bright new lights. Including work from Margaret Atwood, Robertson Davies, W.P. Kinsella, Geoff Ryman, John Clute, Scott Mackay, Nancy Kilpatrick, and sixteen others, Northern Suns is an anthology of great SF from the Great White North.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Hartwell and Grant's second collection of Canadian speculative fiction (the first: Northern Stars, 1994) demonstrates again the extraordinary sf voices in a country too often considered a large, empty space just above Michigan. The anthology's diversity is great, beginning with the famous Robertson Davies, whose delicious pseudoscientific chiller "Offer of Immortality" seems right at home with lesser-known Cory Doctorow's "Craphound," about an alien garage-sale fiend. French Canadians are well represented, contributing alternate histories, comic musings on the perils of bilingualism, and, in the particularly memorable "Reve Canadien," the notion that all Canada is the dream of a powerful African shaman. W. P. Kinsella offers a streamlined, surreal story in which a man vacuums the last traces of Japan from a delivery of new cars, and Margaret Atwood writes of a grim future of considerably changed marriage customs. Every story is exceptional, as is John Clute's thoughtful closing essay on the nature of Canadian literature, which also brings new understanding of the special nature of speculative fiction. Highly recommended for all libraries. --Roberta Johnson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Gathering a stellar array of 22 SF stories penned by either native Canadians or writers who simply prefer to publish there, this is a worthy companion volume to Northern Stars (1994). Wesley Herbert displays a compelling cyberpunk sensibility in "Twilight of the Real," a futuristic, noirish story about a PI who discovers why Earth's few remaining humans are turning themselves into "mechniks." In the humorous horror tale "Farm Wife," Nancy Kilpatrick writes about a woman's pragmatic attitude to her husband's vampirism. Geoff Ryman ("Fan") shows how today's reclusive pop star may be tomorrow's elusive hologram, while in "Freeforall," Margaret Atwood foresees another reactionary society not too far removed from that of The Handmaid's TaleÄone in which rampant sexual disease leads to arranged matings and contract marriages brokered by post-feminist "house mothers." Sally McBride offers a more romantic, if equally unsettling, tale ("The Fragrance of Orchids") that proves that redemption can be found in the arms of a stranger, even if it comes from light years away and isn't human. W.P. Kinsella presents a short and sweet meditation on the Japanization of North America ("Things Invisible to See"), while Michael Skeet unveils an alternate history set in the Civil War ("Near Enough to Home"). Like its predecessor, this volume, with stories reprinted from assorted books and magazines, showcases with style the best of Canadian SF. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

An elderly matron voices a chillingly dispassionate description of a 21st-century dystopia in Margaret Atwoods Freeforall, while Alain Bergerons The Eighth Register provides a richly detailed chronicle of an alternate historical time line in this collection of 21 stories by Canadian authors, which serves as a companion volume to Northern Stars (Tor, 1994). Contributions from veteran authors, including Robertson Davies, Nancy Kilpatrick, and W.P. Kinsella, as well as newcomers such as Nalo Hopkinson and Robert Boyczuk demonstrate the vitality and eclectic thrust of Canadas brightest and best authors of speculative fiction. A good addition to most sf or short story collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.