Fountain of Age

Fountain of Age


By Nancy Kress

Small Beer Press, Paperback, 9781931520454, 303pp.

Publication Date: May 2012


Nine new stories from a long-time star of the science fiction field including the Hugo Award winner "The Erdmann Nexus" and Nebula Award winner "The Fountain of Age." These stories have been reprinted in "The Year's Best Science Fiction," "Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year," and "Best of the Web."

Kress unpacks the future the way DNA investigators unravelled the double helix: one gene at a time. In many of these stories gene sculpting is illegal yet commonplace and the effects range between slow catastrophe ( End Game ), cosmic ( First Rites ), and tragic ( Safeguard ). Then there's the morning when Rochester disappears and Jenny has to rely on The Kindness of Strangers. There's Jill, who is kidnapped by aliens and trying to learn the Laws of Survival. And there's Hope, whose Grandma is regretting the world built By Fools Like Me.

About the Author
Nancy Kress was born and raised in upstate New York, where she spent most of her childhood either reading or playing in the woods. She earned a bachelor's and master's degree in education, as well as an M.A. in English. While she was pregnant with the second of her two sons, she started writing fiction. She had never planned on becoming a writer, but staying at home full-time with infants left her time to experiment. In 1990 she went full-time as an SF writer. The first thing she wrote in this new status was the novella version of "Beggars In Spain", which won both the Hugo and the Nebula Award. She is the author of more than twenty books, including more than a dozen novels of science fiction and fantasy, as well as three story collections, and two books on writing. "Probability Space" (Tor, 2002) won the John W. Campbell Award for Best SF novel. Her short fiction has appeared in all the usual places, garnering her one Hugo and three Nebula Awards. Her work has been translated into Swedish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Japanese, Croatian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Greek, Hebrew, and Russian. She is also the monthly "Fiction" columnist for "Writer's Digest" Magazine and she teaches writing regularly at various places, including Clarion and The Writing Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She currently resides in Rochester, New York.

Praise For Fountain of Age

Quality oozes from every page. A master class in the art of short-story writing.” Kirkus Reviews

Passions are magnified by age and the world only becomes more unpredictable in Kress’s new collection, anchored by the Nebula-winning title novella. The nine stories, published over the course of just two years, wrestle with themes of love, death, and transformation. . . . Kress’s depiction of science is much like her characters’ experiences with love: by turns glorious and terrible, and always a little disturbing, even in triumph.” Publishers Weekly

Praise for Nancy Kress’s previous books:

Nancy Kress Has the true storyteller’s Giftthe ability to make her characters and what happens to them so vital that the reader’s heart aches.” Stephen R. Donaldson

Nancy Kress comprehends the grimy relationships among bioscience, technology, and politics; and soon we will too, if only enough of us read her. Too soon it cannot be.” Gene Wolfe

Nancy Kress has written a novel that graphically disects the roots of human violence while affirming the invincibility of the human spirit. An Alien Light is both provocative and insightful.” Julian May

Kress’s villains are not diabolical conspirators but willfully ignorant hypocrites, shortsighted and greedy dunderheads, the well-intentioned half-bakedin short, us. But we are also the heroes whose generosity, honesty and energy could turn our lemming tribe away from the polluted waters ahead.” Washington Post

The plotting is fast-paced, the characterization is good, and science explained in easily digestible portions.” New Scientist

The kind of thriller that continually makes you want to turn the pages faster than you can read them.” SF Site

That Kress remains a master is everywhere evident.” Booklist

The keeness of vision to. . . see the possibilities for the future very clearly, and they are both fascinating and frightening.” San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle