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Bangs and whimpers : stories about the end of the world
Frenkel, James, editor.
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : Roxbury Park ; Lincolnwood, Ill. : Lowell House, [1999]

Physical Description:
xii, 219 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
"A Blue Cow/Mad City production"--Verso, t.p.
Introduction / James Frenkel -- The nine billion names of God / Arthur C. Clarke -- Killing the morrow / Robert Reed -- We can get them for you wholesale / Neil Gaiman -- Fire catcher / Richard Kadrey -- Not with a bang / Howard Fast -- Lost and found / Connie Willis -- The wind and the rain / Robert Silverberg -- The year of the jackpot / Robert A. Heinlein -- Expendable / Philip K. Dick -- Finis / Frank L. Pollack -- A guide to virtual death / J.G. Ballard -- Emissary from a green and yellow world / Robert Sheckley -- The portable phonograph / Walter Van Tilburg Clark -- Fermi and Frost / Frederik Pohl -- Ultimate construction / C.C. Shackleton -- The Manhattan phone book (abridged) / John Varley -- The man who walked home / James Tiptree, Jr. -- Interview with a lemming / James Thurber -- The last question / Isaac Asimov.
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PS169.E53 B36 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PS169.E53 B36 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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How will the world end? When will the final trumpet sound? And who will be left to tell the story? Nineteen top authors explore a variety of fates, from the tragically sublime to the achingly funny. Book jacket.

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Booklist Review

James Frenkel is an editor known for wide-ranging and sound taste in sf, so the high readability of this theme anthology comes as no surprise. Frenkel's purview of apocalyptic short fiction encompasses horror (Neil Gaiman's "We Can Get It for You Wholesale"), understatement (Connie Willis' "Lost and Found"), awful warnings (in stories by Robert Silverberg, Robert Reed, and Frederik Pohl, among others), and some acknowledged genre classics (Heinlein's "The Year of the Jackpot" and Clarke's "The Nine Billion Names of God"). He even reaches beyond genre boundaries to corral pioneering "adult" western writer Walter Van Tilburg Clark's "The Portable Phonograph," "The Last Lemming" by James Thurber, and "Finis" by one Frank L. Pollack, which betrays its age--first published in 1906--only on second reading, if ever. --Roland Green

Table of Contents

James FrenkelArthur C. ClarkeRobert ReedNeil GaimanRichard KadreyHoward FastConnie WillisRobert SilverbergRobert A. HeinleinPhilip K. DickFrank L. PollackJ. G. BallardRobert SheckleyWalter Van Tilburg ClarkFrederik PohlC. C. ShackletonJohn VarleyJames Tiptree Jr.James ThurberIsaac Asimov
Introductionp. ix
The Nine Billion Names of Godp. 1
Killing the Morrowp. 9
We Can Get Them for You Wholesalep. 25
Fire Catcherp. 37
Not with a Bangp. 45
Lost and Foundp. 49
The Wind and the Rainp. 65
The Year of the Jackpotp. 77
Expendablep. 115
Finisp. 123
A Guide to Virtual Deathp. 135
Emissary from a Green and Yellow Worldp. 139
The Portable Phonographp. 149
Fermi and Frostp. 157
Ultimate Constructionp. 175
The Manhattan Phone Book (Abridged)p. 177
The Man who Walked Homep. 183
Interview with a Lemmingp. 201
The Last Questionp. 205