Wreck of the Godspeed
And Other Stories
By James Patrick Kelly
(Golden Gryphon Press, Hardcover, 9781930846517, 350pp.)
Publication Date: August 2008
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Providing new insights into the human psyche, this remarkable collection gathers 13 cutting-edge tales of science fiction that reveal both the dark and light side of progress. In the Nebula award-winner, "Burn," an idyllic planet wrestles with ecological responsibility and terrorism, while the problems and temptations of a happy virtual reality are examined in "The Dark Side of Town." Colorful pilgrims travel to new worlds until their ship’s artificial intelligence begins to act strangely in the namesake, "The Wreck of the Godspeed," and the extent that future television programs will go to get ratings is explored in "The Leila Torn Show," Combining hard technology with complex, character-based dilemmas, each inventive narrative shares the message that science is not a panacea and often leads to personal decisions that are neither clear nor easy.
James Patrick Kelly writes for Asimov's Science Fiction and is the author of Burn, Heroines, Think Like a Dinosaur and Other Stories, Strange but Not a Stranger, and Wildlife, as well as the coeditor of Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology, and Rewired: The Post Cyber-Punk Anthology. He lives in Nottingham, New Hampshire.
"Kelly's stories depend on future technologies based on physics, information theory, genetics, and other au courant disciplines, but they're about love, friendship, and loyalty." Booklist