"Thoughtful, beautifully written stories, just a few degrees north of realism."
"James Patrick Kelly has been a well-kept secret in the SF field for too long," wrote a book critic recently, but with publication of Think Like a Dinosaur and Other Stories, the secret is out. This first major retrospective collects Kelly's finest short fiction from a twenty-year career and includes a dazzling array of work from hard science fiction to Twilight Zone-ish fantasies to stark futuristic horror.
Thus the grim fable "Pogrom" presents a near-futuristic scenario in which internecine warfare has broken out between the aging boomer generation and a youthful dispossessed proletariat who must support them. The landmark novella "Mr. Boy"—already considered a contemporary classic in the genre—is the wildly inventive tale of a genetically stunted twelve-year-old who literally lives inside his mother, who has turned herself into a three-quarter-scale model of the Statue of Liberty. "The First Law of Thermodynamics" is a remarkable evocation of the psychedelic sixties—the time of Vietnam, Kent State and acid rock—in which, like that era itself, nothing is what it appears to be. And "Breakaway, Backdown" portrays the shocking price one must pay for those mustering the "right stuff" to venture into outer space.
The now-famous title story, "Think Like a Dinosaur"—winner of science fiction's highest honor, the Hugo Award—encapsulates the entire book. This tale of a transporter beam, maintained by aliens and through which humanity can visit the stars, combines high-tech extravaganza with the author's ever-present humanistic concerns. Throughout these stories, in one form or another, James Patrick Kelly shows us the frightening power of science to transform our lives while asking deep and searching questions about the future of humanity.
Introduction by Nebula-winner John Kessel, and cover art by Hugo-winner Bob Eggleton.
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