The Cuckoo's Boys
By Robert Reed
(Golden Gryphon Press, Hardcover, 9781930846371, 336pp.)
Publication Date: November 2005
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A decade's worth of prolific short stories are showcased in this compilation of Robert Reed's best work. Among the dozen thought-provoking tales is the never-before-published "Abducted Souls," about a college student who becomes increasingly unsure of himself and his self-worth when the alien abduction he experienced as a child is questioned. Also included is the Asimov's Science Fiction Reader's Choice Award–winning "Savior," about a military commander who is held accountable for tortuous acts that may have saved the human race. The hot topic of cloning is discussed in futuristic terms in the title tale, "The Cuckoo's Boys," which tells of a lonely genius who clones himself, not once, but millions of times, and of a teacher who tests and challenges three of these clones. Two ageless aliens become friends with Ash, an immortal human, as he strives to help them recover lost memories in "Night of Time," a selection taken from the popular Marrow book. The collection closes with an afterword by the author, in which he details the genesis of each story.
Robert Reed is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Marrow and The Well of Stars, and a number of stories that have appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Science Fiction Age. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.
"With his command of prose, characterization, and ideas, Robert Reed is the new century’s most compelling SF voice." Stephen Baxter, Hugo Awardnominated author, The Time Ships
"Scientific speculations are balanced by an underlying quiet sanity about how to depict and to illumine human beings." John Clute and Peter Nichols, editors, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
"Reed....manages to keep up a very high standard of quality while being prolific." Gardner Dozois, editor, The Year’s Best Science Fiction anthology series
"Reaffirms SF's function as a thoughtful and paradigm-subverting literary form... one of the strongest genre collections of the year." Locus
"Showcase[s] this prolific author's ability to put a fresh spin on traditional SF themes." Publishers Weekly
"Mysterious and occasionally creepy glimpses of futures that are sometimes strange, sometimes totally familiar." Booklist