In the Upper Room and Other Likely Stories is a collection of sixteen fantastic, ironic science fiction tales by Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Terry Bisson.
Terry Bisson uses the fantastic genres as do Kurt Vonnegut or Harlan Ellison, and like them, he is one of the strikingly original voices in short fiction today, with an audience that transcends genre. "Particularly delightful," said The Christian Science Monitor of his first collection. Bisson writes entertaining and moving stories in a strong and unique voice. They are sharp, witty, subversive, and stylish. For instance:
"macs" (winner of the Nebula and Locus Awards): Clones of murderous criminals, with no human rights, are sent to be the property of their victims' families.
"An Office Romance": A story of the private lives of icons on a computer desktop.
"First Fire": A scientist discovers a way to date burning flames and tries it on one in an ancient temple, with astonishing results.
From the author of "Bears Discover Fire," one of the most anthologized American short stories of the last decade, this is a collection of stories that originally appeared in sources as diverse as Asimov's SF, Playboy, Southern Exposure, and Crank! They are clever, slick, memorable, occasionally profound, and always surprising.
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