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Just Over the Horizon

Book 1, The Complete Short Fiction of Greg Bear

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The New York Times Book Review hails this collection of thirteen dazzling stories and a rare screenplay by Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author Greg Bear as a “solid introduction to the oeuvre of a classic writer.” 
 
Greg Bear—author of Queen of Angels, Eon, and Hull Zero Three, among many other hugely popular novels—has an ability to transform challenging scientific concepts into gripping fiction that has won him numerous awards and an avid following. He has written novels about interstellar war, human evolution, intelligent bacteria, international terrorism, and the exploration of deep space—but he doesn’t stop there. This brilliant collection of Bear’s stories, each newly revised by the author, proves he is a master of the short form as well. Just Over the Horizon offers thirteen mind-bending explorations of the near future . . . or just beyond the border of conventional reality. The volume includes:
 
·      “Blood Music,” a Hugo and Nebula award–winning classic and the basis for the novel of the same name—and the first science-fictional exploration of nanotechnology;
·      “Sisters,” in which high school students find maturity and family by confronting a tragic genetic destiny;
·      “Tangents,” winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, about a persecuted scientist who seeks refuge in a better world;
·      “Dead Run,” a tale of union truck drivers ferrying souls through Death Valley into Hell, adapted for an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone;
·      “Sleepside Story,” which Bear calls one of his favorite pieces, an urban fantasy tale that takes a music student by Night Metro to the Sleepside mansion of a magical woman of the night, inverting “Beauty and the Beast” in a very modern mirror;
·      “Genius,” the screenplay written for the television series Outer Limits, but never produced.
 
Just Over the Horizon combines Bear’s intense concern with the human condition with a deep understanding of science, resulting in a collection long to be remembered.
 
“Bear’s deftness of phrase and metaphor is simply lovely. . . . A solid introduction to the oeuvre of a classic writer.” —The New York Times Book Review

“This collection of 13 tales, the first of three volumes by the multiple Nebula and Hugo Award–winning author, displays his versatility and talent. . . . The three together showcase the short fiction oeuvre of an SF genius.” —Library Journal

Praise for Greg Bear
“Bear takes a profound and unusual approach to hard SF.” —Los Angeles Times

“Bear is one of our very best.” —New York Daily News
 
“[Bear] is a great writer.” —Doris Lessing Greg Bear is the author of over twenty-five books, which have been translated into seventeen languages. He has won science fiction’s highest honors and is considered the natural heir to Arthur C. Clarke. The recipient of two Hugo Awards and four Nebula Awards, Bear has been called “the best working writer of hard science fiction” by the Science Fiction Encyclopedia. Many of his novels, such as Darwin’s Radio, are considered to be classics of his generation. Bear is married to Astrid Anderson—who is the daughter of science fiction great Poul Anderson—and they are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandria. Bear’s recent publications include the thriller Quantico and its sequel, Mariposa; the epic science fiction novel City at the End of Time; and the generation starship novel Hull Zero Three.  

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 14, 2015 – This delightfully diverse collection of early works from longtime author Bear contains a clear message: parents, don't let your babies grow up to be true believers (of any variety). The 14 stories and one television script (which never made it to the screen) span fantasy, horror, and SF, as well as occasionally mingling them; all have been recently revised and include notes from the author. Fans of Bear's gritty fantasy novels (Songs of Earth and Power) will appreciate the decent young protagonist unraveling a magic curse in "Sleepside Story." Fans of his horror work (Psychlone) will enjoy an early glimpse at his meditations on the deceptive appearance of innocence in "Richie by the Sea." Most, though, will look to the SF, which includes his breakout nanotech tale, "Blood Music" (later turned into a novel), and his renowned alt-history "Tangents," dedicated to persecuted genius Alan Turing. Lesser-known stories, such as a sensitive look at genetic engineering set amid the insensitivities of high school life, and his script for Outer Limits, "Genius," which wraps four-dimensional tentacles around three emotionally struggling individuals, also highlight Bear's talent for combining human reality with speculative possibility.

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Just Over the Horizon
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  • Category: Short Stories
  • Published: Apr 26, 2016
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
  • Print Length: 372 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Complete Short Fiction of Greg Bear
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