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In the Upper Room and Other Likely Stories

Terry Bisson


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In the Upper Room and Other Likely Stories is the new collection of sixteen fantastic, ironic tales by Terry Bisson. Terry Bisson uses the fantastic genres as do Kurt Vonnegut or Harlan Ellison, and like them, he is one of the strikingly original voices in short fiction today, with an audience that transcends genre. "Particularly delightful," said The Christian Science Monitor of his first collection. Bisson writes entertaining and moving stories in a strong and unique voice. They are sharp, witty, subversive, and stylish. For instance:

An Office Romance: a story of the private lives of icons on a computer desktop.

First Fire: a scientist discovers a way to date burning flame's and tries it on one in an ancient temple, with astonishing results.

Macs: clones of murderous criminals, with no human rights, are sent to be the property of their victims' families.

From the author of "Bears Discover Fire," one of the most anthologized American short stories of the last decade, this is a collection of stories that originally appeared in sources as diverse as Asimov's SF, Playboy, Southern Exposure, and Crank! They are clever, slick, memorable, occasionally profound, and always surprising.

Praise For In the Upper Room and Other Likely Stories

"Terry Bisson has always been unique--in the best sense of the word. He writes stories and novels which simply could not have come from anyone else."--Stephen R. Donaldson

"Terry Bisson can charm your toes off." --Washington Post Book World

"Terry Bisson looks at things from unique and persnickety angles--out of a shoulder hunch, up from under, sideways down, and with a cockeyed clarity that transfigures either the world or our own nearsighted take on it, if not both." --Michael Bishop

Forge Books, 9780312874049, 304pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2000