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In the stone house
Malzberg, Barry N.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Sauk City, Wis. : Arkham House Publishers, 2000.
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247 pages ; 21 cm
Heavy metal -- Turpentine -- Quartermain -- The Prince of the Steppes -- Andante lugubre -- Standards & practices -- Darwinian facts -- Allegro marcato -- Something from the seventies -- The high purpose -- All assassins -- Understanding entropy -- Ship full of Jews -- Amos -- Improvident excess -- Hitler at Nuremberg -- Concerto accademico -- The intransigents -- Hierartic realignment -- The only thing you learn -- Police actions -- Fugato -- Major league Triceratops -- In the stone house.
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Are the stories by the saturnine and mordant Barry N. Malzberg, fantasy, horror or SF? Perhaps they're an artful blend of all three genres. But then there are critics who say Malzberg conjures up bizarre visions of what could have happened in the past -- might happen in the future -- or is happening today! In his first new collection of short stories in almost 15 years, Malzberg proves he is still one of the most literate writers not afraid to shock his readers' senses and stagger their imaginations. Here are 24 fascinating stories that will transport you to nightmarish places and minds you never knew existed. In The Stone House is an intense and unusual literary feast from a master storyteller who has few peers. Includes: "Heavy Metal," "Turpentine," "Quartermain," "The Prince of the Steppes," "Andante Lugubre," "Standards & Practices, " "Darwinian Facts, " "Allegro Marcato, " "Something from the Seventies, " "The High Purpose, " "All Assassins, " "Understanding Entropy, " "Ship Full of Jews," "Amos, " "Improvident Excess, " "Hitler At Nuremberg, " "Concerto Accademico, " "The Intransigents, " "Hierartic Realignment, " "The Only Thing You Learn, " "Police Actions, " "Fugato, " "Major League Triceratops" and "In the Stone House."

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Publisher's Weekly Review

With alternative history currently in vogue, among serious historians as well as bestselling novelists like Robert Harris and Harry Turtledove, this collection of 24 tales serves as a timely reminder that Malzberg, author of some 90 novels and 350 short stories, has long been a master of "what if" fiction. The centerpieces here are the three sardonic alternative-world versions of John F. Kennedy's election to the presidency and assassination ("Heavy Metal," "All Assassins" and the title story). A tale like the Hugo-nominated "In the Stone House," in which JFK's ill-starred older brother, Joe Jr., survives WWII to fight another day, cannot help shocking and even offending. Other tales of this type, portraying such varied luminaries as Emily Dickinson, Raymond Chandler, Leonard Bernstein and a Jewish "Christoforo" Columbus, may be less sensational, but are never less than thought provoking. In a different, more whimsical mode, "Prince of the Steppes" features a cabdriver who's a walking bomb and some hilarious Russian spy dialect worthy of Boris Badenov, while "Major League Triceratops" is a somewhat wordy riff on the dinosaur hunt theme. Malzberg's characters flail in an existential world they don't understand, and you may not either, but the challenge is always worth accepting. (Feb. 1) Forecast: Nearly all of Malzberg's major work is out of print, but within the SF community he's generally considered to be a giant. Targeted marketing of this title to SF cognoscenti could result in healthy sales. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved