The Barnes & Noble Review
Gravity Wells is the first short story collection by James Alan Gardner (Expendable, Vigilant, et al.), one of Canada's premier science fiction writers. With tales featuring characters ranging from a centuries-old vampire in search of grace to time-traveling executioners to a scythe-wielding Reaper with a conscience, this 14-story collection is first-rate speculative fiction.
Notable works include "Muffin Explains Teleology to the World at Large," an outlandishly entertaining story about a godlike six-year-old girl, waxed paper, and the end of the world; and the Hugo and Nebula Award nominated "Three Hearings on the Existence of Snakes in the Human Bloodstream," a thought-provoking cautionary tale about what happens when religion and science clash. "Kent State Descending the Gravity Well: An Analysis of the Observer" is a disturbing commentary on the callous propensity of the media -- and our culture -- to trivialize tragedy. "A Changeable Market in Slaves" chronicles what happens when rewrites get out of hand; and "Sense of Wonder" asks the burning question: What would happen if a sentient Dyson sphere fell in love with a virgin ghost ringworld?
Canadian beer, Kids in the Hall, Neil Young, Rush, William Shatner, ice hockey -- speculative fiction fans Stateside can add James Alan Gardner's Gravity Wells to the list of precious exports from the Great White North. Paul Goat Allen
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Published May 10, 2005
Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction.