Description: From his first professional story written when he was 16, “The Faces Outside,” to his most critically acclaimed work, the novelette Dream Baby—a finalist for both the Hugo and Nebula awards—these 17 stories showcase the author’s five decades of science fiction writing.
Whether it be an elderly woman who uses her vast wealth to create a genetically perfect son (“Angels”) or a young boy who learns the rituals of an alien culture in order to obtain an assassin’s help for his unborn sister (“Kin”), the stories resonate with a child’s sense of wonder coming face-to-face with the realities of the human condition in a science-fictional world.
The book also features story notes that reveal each story’s origin as well as the influences — both literary and human — on the author’s life and writing career.
About The Author: Bruce McAllister is known primarily for his literary fiction and fantasy, science fiction and thriller fiction, which he’s been publishing professionally since he was sixteen. He was born in 1946 in Baltimore, MD, to a peripatetic Navy family with an Annapolis-graduate father who served with NATO during the Cold War and an underdog-championing anthropologist/archeologist mother whose specialties were Early Man and Native American studies. As children, he and his brother Jack lived in Florida, Washington D.C., California and Italy. From l974 to l997 he taught at the University of Redlands in southern California, where he helped establish and direct writing programs. Since l998 he has worked as a writing coach and book and screenplay consultant. His short fiction has appeared in literary quarterlies, national magazines, original anthologies, “year’s best” anthologies and college readers; won awards from Glimmer Train magazine and the National Endowment for the Arts; and been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula and New Letters awards. His non-fiction articles on sports, popular science and writing have appeared in a variety of magazines and newspapers. He has three wonderful children – Annie, Ben and Elizabeth – and lives in Costa Mesa, California, with his wife, choreographer Amelie Hunter.
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