The Pure Product by John Kessel
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The Pure Product brings together for the first time in one volume Kessel's finest short fiction from the past decade. This exceptional collection contains nineteen astonishing voyages into worlds of wonder and mystery, complete with omnipotent beings, time travel, alternate histories, and playful takes on popular literature. The collection also includes three companion pieces to his most recent novel, Corrupting Dr. Nice. Here are the meditations of an exceptional writer who understands that darkness and tragedy can turn in one breathless heartbeat to moments of absurdity, epiphany, passion, or joy.
 

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John Kessel's stories have won the Nebula, Sturgeon, Locus, and Tiptree Awards. His books include Good News from Outer Space, Corrupting Dr. Nice, and collections The Pure Product and Meeting in Infinity (a New York Times Notable Book). Kessel and his family live in Raleigh, NC, where he co-directs the creative writing program at North Carolina State University.
 
Published December 1, 1997 by Tor Books. 381 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Fifteen reprinted stories, 198096, one new tale, two poems, and a play that's blurbed as ``award-winning,'' even though it's listed as original to this collection.

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Some of the stories exhibit occupational excesses of the genre: an occasional tendency to reel out ideas in scenario form without realizing them as living events, lapses into philosophical monologues that fail to do quite what they are supposed to, ersatz endings that betray an overweening eagern...

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John Kessel's collection, The Pure Product, opens with the story, "Some Like It Cold," set in the same universe as his novel, Corrupting Dr. Nice.

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