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The Door Gunner and Other Perilous Flights of Fancy: A Michael Bishop Retrospective by Michael Bishop
Edited by Michael H. Hutchins
Cover Artist: Lee Moyer
Review by Benjamin Wald
Subterranean Press Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781596063747
Date: 30 November 2011 List Price $40.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Michael Bishop's new collection The Door Gunner collects short stories from across four decades of writings, revealing the skill, subtlety, and enormous range of this talented author. Bishop is a master of many styles of story, from the uplifting to the bleak, from the painfully sincere to the darkly comic. The one constant is Bishop's subtle evocation of character and his unfailingly beautiful prose. Michael Bishop's short work is among the absolute best in the genre, or out of it, and this collection captures its full range and power.

From official release/information:

Product Description: In the course of a distinguished career now entering its fifth decade, Michael Bishop has amassed a large body of fiction notable for its intellectual range, narrative sophistication, and sheer stylistic elegance. This massive new retrospective, The Door Gunner (and Other Perilous Flights of Fancy), amply celebrates that career, offering one example after another of Bishop's unique - and characteristic - virtuosity.

This generous volume contains a preface by Bishop scholar Michael H. Hutchins, a shrewd and sympathetic introduction by Jack McDevitt, detailed - and highly readable - story notes, and twenty-five stories and novellas, many never before collected, all of them newly revised for this definitive collection. The contents proceed in chronological order, beginning with Bishop's first professional story sale, 'Piƒon Fall,'; and ending with 'The City Quiet as Death,' a recent collaboration with Steven Utley. Along the way, readers will rediscover a number of bona fide Bishop classics ('Blooded on Arachne,' the Nebula Award-winning 'The Quickening'), together with a varied assortment of equally memorable tales. These include the wonderfully titled - and mordantly funny - 'The Yukio Mishima Cultural Association of Kudzu Valley, Georgia,' 'Help Me, Rondo,' a moving account of the last days of disfigured character actor Rondo Hatton, 'The Angst, I Kid You Not, of God,' a whimsically serious reflection on violence and the sense of 'divine dread' that permeates the universe, and 'Miriam,' a beautifully concise re-imagining of the central spiritual drama of Western Civilization.

(Source: Subterranean Press)

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