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Dancing in Dreamtime

Break Away Books

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Fans today may be surprised to learn Scott Russell Sanders was previously one of the brightest science-fiction newcomers of the 1980s. In Dancing in Dreamtime, he returns to his roots, exploring both inner and outer space in a speculative collection of short stories. At a time when humankind faces unprecedented, global-scale challenges from climate change, loss of biodiversity, dwindling vital resources, and widespread wars, this collection of planetary tales will strike a poignant chord with the reader. Sanders has created worlds where death tolls rise due to dream deprivation, where animals only exist in mechanical form, and where poisoned air forces people to live in biodomes. Never before has Sanders’s writing been so relevant and never before have the lessons in these stories been so important.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 13, 2016 – For this Breakaway Book Club edition, essayist and novelist Sanders (Divine Animal) assembles revised versions of his contemplative and melancholy stories lamenting the degradation of Earth. Written in the 1980s, the prescient stories explore obesity, habitat loss, and extinction. In "Artist of Hunger," the obese titular character paints food murals for companies that provide slenderizing operations. In the horror tale "Anatomy Lesson," a mutant's skeleton transforms a student. Several stories adapted for Sanders's novel The Engineer of Beasts follow people living in domed cities after the Great Extinction, cut off from wilderness and building mechanical animals for circuses. "Dancing in Dreamtime" brings indigenous shamans into orbit to survey the damage and heal Earth with dance and song. Later stories visit humans on exoplanets discovering supposedly extinct birds and singing trees. Out of place in this collection is the standout fantasy "First Journey of Jason Moss," a gentle story of discovery as Jason travels a present-day Earth. With so many cautionary stories of near-future doom and gloom, a few more hopeful insights would have lifted spirits.
Dancing in Dreamtime
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: High Tech
  • Published: Aug 08, 2016
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Seller: Ingram DV LLC
  • Print Length: 376 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Break Away Books
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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