Tuesday, June 10, 2014
New Release: The Best of Connie Willis
The book that motivated my Short Story Summer project was the brilliant The Best of Connie Willis: Award-Winning Stories. It's a 450+ page book with only 10 stories and a couple of speeches. But it is a collection of some of the best science-fiction out there and each story is followed by an Afterword that gives us insight into why Willis chose to write them. The common factor? She wrote each of them out of love for the subjects, love for people, love for words.
My favorite story was Fire Watch, a time travel story from my favorite alternate history series (that of Blackout and All Clear) that I had been waiting a while to read ... until I read The Winds of Marble Arch and my mind was blown. It's the type of story that you can't really describe except to say that it is a complete fantasy that is also entirely believable. This will be a collection that I return to regularly.
Above and beyond,