Unconquered Countries: Four Novellas

Unconquered Countries Four Novellas This lyrical insightful and moving collection by one of today s greatest writers of speculative fiction features The Unconquered Country winner of the World Fantasy Award and chosen by Modern Fant

  • Title: Unconquered Countries: Four Novellas
  • Author: Geoff Ryman
  • ISBN: 9780312099299
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This lyrical, insightful, and moving collection by one of today s greatest writers of speculative fiction features The Unconquered Country, winner of the World Fantasy Award, and chosen by Modern Fantasy as one of its 100 best novels Ryman is the author of The Child Garden.

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    1. The four novellas in this collection range from hard sci-fi (“Fall of Angels”) to Gibsonesque new media obsessions (“Fan”), to futuristic holocaust spec fiction (“O Happy Day”), to a pretty clear allegorical fantasy of wartime Cambodia (“Unconquered Countries”.) Ryman’s strength as a writer seems to be his ability to depict the full emotional/psychological landscape of his protagonists, complete with their short comings and personal failings, and he seems to do a particularly g [...]

    2. This is a collection of four novellas: "A Fall of Angels, or On the Possibility of Life Under Extreme Conditions," "Fan," "O Happy Day!" and "The Unconquered Country." The last was published under its own cover, and I read it before, but the rest were new to me. "The Possibility of Life Under Extreme Conditions" could summarize most of these novellas, and indeed much of Ryman's work. There is a blurb from a review by science fiction writer Eileen Gunn on the back cover, and I'm going to let Ms. [...]

    3. I found all the novellas in this collection very satisfying. "A Fall of Angels" was my favorite. It broke my heart. Love it when a book does that. "Fan" was a very satisfying tale of fixation. "O Happy Day" was brutal. "The Unconquered Country" had these great walking houses! I would put the last tale as my second favorite. All of these stories brought forth emotional response from me. It is so rare that I read a collection, even one this small (in number of stories) and close the book stating i [...]

    4. Excellent collection of SF short stories. Best in my opinion is The Fan, which appears to be about Daniel O'Donnell (touch of Wizard of Oz in there too). Ryman writes very well indeed. He has an incredible imagination plus the logic required to make his worlds seem possible.

    5. Unconquered Countries is a collection of four stories. The collection is named after the most famous: The Unconquered Country which won the World Fantasy Award, and has been published as a separate stand alone novel. The other three stories are straight up Sci-Fi. What all four stories have in common is that they are very depressing ;).The Unconquered Country is really more Science Fantasy than pure Fantasy. It is more of an alternative world SE Asia where machines are organic and can be grown, [...]

    6. My previous experience with Geoff Ryman can be boiled down to: great concepts, when I understand what the hell is going on, so I worried this book of novellas might be the same. Happily, the stories were all way more comprehensible than I'd worried, and the concepts were just as original.My favorite story was probably the last one, "Unconquered Country", about war in a futuristic Cambodia; the worldbuilding -- personal story layered over cultural context layered over the scifi elements -- remind [...]

    7. A mixed bag of sci-fi shorts. It's been awhile but the story that sticks in my mind from this collection is "A Fall of Angels". Ryman is a writer with a unique voice and vision and is always worth reading, even if it is just to dip in and experience some of his ideas.

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