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Title:
The retrieval artist, and other stories
Author:
Rusch, Kristine Kathryn.
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Publication Information:
Waterville, Me. : Five Star, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
295 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
The retrieval artist -- Dancers like children -- Alien influences -- Flowers and the last hurrah -- The one that got away -- Results -- Reflections of life and death -- Present -- Without end.
ISBN:
9780786243303
Format :
Book

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Booklist Review

These nine stories set in the near and not-so-near future include a sampling of characters and settings Rusch has returned or hopes to return to in a novel. The Hugo-nominated novella "The Retrieval Artist" led to the series-opening novel The Disappeared [BKL Je 1&15 02], but in the story, an absorbing character study, Miles Flint is a harder, more jaded detective than in the novel, complete with an attractive, double-crossing client. In "Dancers Like Children," a disgraced xenopsychologist, who is engaged to investigate whether a race of aliens is capable of understanding what they are doing to human colonists, gets a lesson in humanity; the story wound up, along with its successor here, "Alien Influences," in the Arthur C. Clarke-nominated Alien Influences (1997). Other stories comment thoughtfully on subjects ranging from genetic testing in "Results" to mother-daughter relations in "Reflections on Life and Death" to what human cloning could mean to celebrity and journalism in "Flowers and the Last Hurrah," which includes a better plot twist in 40 pages than most novels ever manage. --Terrence Miltner


Publisher's Weekly Review

Military SF fans of the Falkenberg legion saga will need to be in fighting trim to lug home The Prince, by Jerry Pournelle and S.M. Sterling. This hefty compendium includes the four novels Falkenberg's Legion, Prince of Mercenaries, Go Tell the Spartans and Prince of Sparta. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
The Retrieval Artistp. 15
Dancers Like Childrenp. 79
Alien Influencesp. 133
Flowers and the Last Hurrahp. 169
The One That Got Awayp. 213
Resultsp. 227
Reflections of Life and Deathp. 237
Presentp. 257
Without Endp. 269