In the Upper Room and Other Likely Stories by 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.

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About Terry Bisson

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TERRY BISSON is an award-winning writer. He is the author of seven novels, and his short fiction has appeared in Playboy and Harper's, among other magazines. He previously worked as an auto mechanic and as a magazine and book editor. Bisson lives in Oakland, California. Visit
Published May 5, 2000 by Forge Books. 284 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Clarke's ``The Nine Billion Names of God.'' Elsewhere, the universe starts to contract, and a mellow old man with Alzheimer's turns back into the sadistic psychopath he used to be.

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Bisson comes in and plops down at your kitchen table and just launches into the most entertaining stories, you don't even think about asking him who he is.

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