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Stories include: <P> The Pusher [1982 Hugo Award, 1982 SF Chronicle Award, 1982 Locus Poll Award. Nominated, 1981 Nebula Award]; <P> Blue Champagne [nominated, 1982 Hugo Award; winner 1982 Locus Poll Award]; <P> Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo [ 1987 Locus Poll Award, Best Novella (Place: 3)]; <P> Options [nominated, 1979 Nebula Award, 1980 Hugo Award; 1980 Locus Poll Award, Best Novelette (Place: 2)]; <P> Lollipop and the Tar Baby; <P> The Manhattan Phone Book (Abridged); <P> The Unprocessed Word;<P> Press Enter  [winner, 1984 Nebula Award, 1985 Hugo Award, 1985 Locus Poll Award, 1985 SF Chronicle Award].
This is the third book in the story of the human encounters with Gaea, The satellite-sized alien Gaea has gone completely insane. She has transformed her love of old movies into monstrous realities. She is Marilyn Monroe. She is King Kong. And now she must be destroyed. Can Cirocco Jones and the remaining members of the crew of Ringmaster, the first human ship to reach Gaea, defeat a creature capable of duping the leaders of Earth into turning the planet into a radioactive desert while ignoring her?
An eccentric billionaire commissions a hunt for a frozen mammoth and gets more than he bargained for. Next to the beast lies the body of a human being wearing a wristwatch and with a box (a time machine?) nearby. The billionaire hires a scientist to fix the time machine and hires an elephant vet to clone a new mammoth via the use of the time machine.
In the skies over Oakland, CA, a DC-10 and a 747 are about to collide. In the far distant future, a team is preparing to snatch the passengers, leaving prefab bodies behind for rescuers to find.
A stream of information is coming from the Ophiuchi constellation, so studying becomes illegal...
The Persistence of Vision With an Introduction by Algis Budrys These nine stories show the best work of the decade's most exciting new writer of science fiction. His Quantum novel The Ophiuchi Hotline established the "Eight Worlds" setting of many of these tales--a bizarre future in which genetic engineering, sex changes, and arcane pleasures and trades are commonplace. The title story, nominated this year for a Nebula award by the Science Fiction Writers of America, is a haunting treatment of communication beyond our normal senses, an unusually enriching and absorbing work. The last tale in the volume, the one the book is named after, is particularly memorable. It features a man who becomes part of a colony of deaf-mute-blind people, who have developed a highly spiritual means of communicating. Take, for instance, the plight of the hero of "Overdrawn at the Memory Bank." All he wanted was a relaxed weekend as a lion; but a meddlesome kid switched a circuit, and his psyche was trapped inside a computer. . . . And what creative spirit wouldn't envy the artist in "The Phantom of Kansas" who composes storms? Most of us feel pretty negatively about skyjackers, but "Air Raid" shows an unexpected rationale for it; "Retrograde Summer," "The Black Hole Passes," and "In the Bowl" are (among other strange things) unique and confusing love stories; "In the Hall of the Martian Kings" is a new and enthralling twist on the planetary castaways theme; and "Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance" shows what a Tin Pan Alley of the centuries to come might be like.
Lieutenant Patricia Kelly Elizabeth Podkayne-Strickland-Garcia-Redmond--otherwise known as Podkayne--is the third generation of her family to set foot on Mars, and she has a planet-sized chip on her shoulder. Her grandfather Manny was one of the first men on Mars. So Poddy has some equally planet-sized shoes to fill... That's why she's joined the Music, Arts, and Drama Division of the Martian Navy. Though some may say her voice is a weapon in itself, Poddy passed the audition with a little help from some higher-ups. And now she's going to Europa, one of Jupiter's many moons, to be an entertainer. But she's about to learn that underneath the song and dance routines, there can be plenty of danger to go around in the Martian Navy, even if you've just signed on to sing...
[from the back cover] "Fleeing Earth after an alien invasion, the human race stands on the threshold of evolution, like a fish cast on artificial shores. Their new home is Luna, a moon colony blessed with creature comforts, prolonged lifespans, digital memories, and instant sex changes. But the people of Luna are bored, restless, suicidal--and so is the computer that monitors their existence ..."
Sirocco Jones is the captain of a starship, and when odd things begin happening on an exploratory mission, Even "Cap'n Jones" isn't left out of the fun. Pregnant? All the women? Mother Earth gets hers--even when it isn't recognizably Earth!
Return to the awesome interior of Gaea, the world-sized alien first encountered in Varley's TITAN. Gaea is old, perhaps dying, when 2 pilgrims enter...
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