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Heat of Fusion and Other Stories

by John M. Ford

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John Ford writes supple prose, and even better poetry. His sonnets, at their best, remind me of Auden's -- playing off the form without getting trapped by it; spinning out gnomic metaphors lit with wry compassion. I thought the short stories uneven: some, like Chromatic Aberration and Erase/Record/Play, are aggressively obscure. These stories are mainly about the narrators' characters or worldviews, and once the reader finishes deconstructing the narrator - what do they mean when they say 'x'; what are they not saying, and why? - there's not actually much plot to understand or enjoy. The collection also shows a fascination with reworking classic plots -- Greek epics, Greek tragedy, Shakespeare -- in modern modes; or the reverse, science fiction tropes in classic modes. These pieces are cerebral and inventive, I suppose, but I didn't find them very satisfying. On the other hand, when Ford lets himself tell a story, he tells a gripping and moving story -- for example, the Persecutor's Tale, which opens the book; and especially Shelter from the Storm, which left me wanting to read a full length novel (or several) set in the same universe. ( )
  bezoar44 | Aug 22, 2010 |
Ford was a master storyteller. These stories and poems are each of them perfectly lapidary.
  Fledgist | Oct 20, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 031285546X, Hardcover)

John M. Ford is an astonishingly versatile writer. He has written award-winning fantasy novels (The Dragon Waiting, winner of the 1984 World Fantasy Award), award-winning fantasy role-playing games (The Yellow Clearance Black Box Blues), New York Times bestselling Star Trek novels (the classic The Final Reflection and How Much for Just the Planet), and the only poem to ever win the World Fantasy Award for best short fiction ("Winter Solstice, Camelot Station"). He is as at home writing sonnets as he is writing short stories or novels.
Heat of Fusion and Other Stories collects stories and poems written over the course of two decades. It includes award winners and award nominees, as well as some rarities, amusements, and astonishments.

Here are short stories such as "Chromatic Aberration," "Preflash," "Erase/Record/Play," and the title story, "Heat of Fusion," that take us from the near past to the near future, and on into worlds of wonder. And there are poems---the award-winner "Winter Solstice, Camelot Station," plus the amazing "Cosmology: A User's Manual," the rare "The Man in the Golden Mask," and the moving "110 Stories," which has never been published in book form.
Twenty-two works in all, gifts from the talent that Robert Jordan calls "the best writer in America, bar none."

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