Praise for Swift Thoughts:
"A brilliant collection by one of the field's masters . . . George Zebrowski is one of the most philosophically astute writers in science fiction, and this collection of his insightful, mind-bending tales is long overdue. It's no surprise that one of his stories is a Nebula Award nominee as I write this [23 April 2002]. If there's a successor to Olaf Stapledon, it's Zebrowski. Highly recommended."
— Robert J. Sawyer, author of The Terminal Experiment and Calculating God
And more praise for Swift Thoughts:
". . . Zebrowski proves he is intimately engaged with both the social currents of our era and the timeless verities of the cosmos. Like Feynman playing bongo drums, Zebrowski is a blend of wild heart and cool brains."
— Paul Di Filippo, Asimov's, February 2003
In the title story to George Zebrowski's new collection, scientists push the boundaries of human mentality to keep pace with ever-evolving AIs. The juxtaposition of technology and humanism is the cornerstone of these twenty-four handpicked stories, which represent the length and breath of a thirty-year career.
In "The Eichmann Variations," nominated for the prestigious Nebula Award, will exact copies of captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann show remorse for his crimes against humanity? Like philosophical writers Olaf Stapledon, Arthur C. Clarke, and Stanislaw Lem before him, George Zebrowski explores the "big questions"—the expansion of human horizons, and the growth of power over our lives and the world in which we live. In "The Word Sweep," all speech must be rationed because spoken words take on physical form; a visiting alien hijacks the persona of Curly Howard in "Stooges"; and in "Wound the Wind," the last group of unchanged humans roam free across veldt and forests, until they are captured by those who know what's best for them.
From hard science fiction ("Gödel's Doom") to alternate history ("Lenin in Odessa") to first alien contact ("Bridge of Silence"), these stories present one of the unique voices writing in the field of science fiction today. The author's notes after each story give insight into Zebrowski's influences and include personal comments from notable writers in the field.
With an introduction by renowned physicist Gregory Benford, Nebula Award-winning author of Timescape.
Cover art by Bob Eggleton, winner of the Hugo Award.
"You can trust yourself in the hands of certain masters, and George Zebrowski is one."
— Washington Post Book World
Praise for the author’s novel Macrolife:
"I’m confident George’s book is so good it doesn’t need any recommendation from me. You can quote that! . . . One of the few books I intend to read again."
— Sir Arthur C. Clarke
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Read the starred Publishers Weekly review
Read the review in SFRA Review
Read the Paul Di Filippo review in Asimov's
Read the George Zebrowski interview with Kilian Melloy on Infinity Plus
Read the Booklist review
Read the SciFi Weekly review
Read the SF Site review
Read the Science Fiction Chronicle review
Read the SciFi Dimensions review
Read the infinity plus review
Read the complete text of short story "The Word Sweep"