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Viewpoints Critical: Selected Stories by L.E. Modesitt
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Tor Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765318572
Date: 18 March 2008 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Story collections are an important part of science fiction and fantasy. They have launched and sustained the careers of many of the genre's masters. They allow insights into universes and allow authors to examine new ideas in a shorter form. Sometimes they lead to expansions and new novels. Viewpoints Critical is the first short story collection by Modesitt. It contains the first story he sold as well as tales from a couple of his most popular universes. There are 19 stories, each with a brief introduction to prepare the reader for the coming tale. These introductions are very helpful and improved the readability of the collection.

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From back of book: This is the first story collection ever from the bestselling fantasy and science fiction writer L.E. Modesitt, Jr. He began publishing as a short story writer in the SF magazines in the 1970s, mostly in Analog. Some of the earliest stories are kernels for his early SF novels, other display the wide range of his talents and interests, from satire to military adventure. Now, this collection includes selections of stories from his entire career. The book also contains three new stories that have never been published before: "Black Ordermage," set in the world of Modesitt's best-selling Recluce series; "Beyond the Obvious Wind," set in his Corean Chronicles universe; and "Always Outside the Lines," which is related to the Ghosts of Columbia books.

(Source: Tor)

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