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Fire Watch (1985) [Collection]
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Twelve powerful stories from one of science fiction's most dazzling imaginations.

Winner of six Nebula and five Hugo awards, Connie Willis is one of the most acclaimed and imaginative authors of our time. Her startling and powerful works have redefined the boundaries of contemporary science fiction. Here in one volume are twelve of her greatest stories, including double award-winner "Fire Watch," set in the universe of Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog, in which a time-travelling student learns one of history's hardest lessons. In "A Letter from the Clearys," a routine message from distant friends shatters the fragile world of a beleaguered family. In "The Sidon in the Mirror," a mutant with the unconscious urge to become other people finds himself becoming both killer and victim.

Disturbing, revealing, and provocative, this remarkable collection of short fiction brings together some of the best work of an incomparable writer whose ability to amaze, confound, and enlighten never fails.

In "A Service for the Burial of the Dead," a young woman mourning her lover comes upon a surprising funeral guest.

Biblical prophecies turn out to have unexpected meanings as the End Times approach in "Lost and Found."

The dangers of ordering merchandise from the back pages of pulp magazines become apparent in "Mail-Order Clone."

In "Blued Moon," a young man uncovers a scientific property of coincidence -- and falls in love.

As a tourist attraction, a total eclipse gathers an even wider audience than (almost) anyone realizes in "And Come from Miles Around."

In "Samaritan," an enthusiastic young assistant pastor plunges the entire church hierarchy into a firestorm of controversy when she brings forward an orangutan to be baptized.

Parental abuse is all the rage in an institute of higher learning -- for those who have no parents... and for those who have no children, in "All My Darling Daughters."

The full contents are

  • Fire Watch
  • Service for the Burial of the Dead
  • Lost and Found
  • All My Darling Daughters
  • The Father of the Bride
  • A Letter from the Clearys
  • And Come from Miles Around
  • The Sidon in the Mirror
  • Daisy, in the Sun
  • Mail-Order Clone
  • Samaritan
  • Blued Moon

Original title: Fire Watch
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience Fiction

The following works are contained within this one:
     Fire Watch (1982) [Novelette]
      Author: Connie Willis
     Father of the Bride, the (1982) [Short Story]
      Author: Connie Willis
     Letter from the Clearys, a (1982) [Short Story]
      Author: Connie Willis
     Sidon in the Mirror, the (1983) [Short Story]
      Author: Connie Willis

Edition #1: Fire Watch

Fire Watch (1985)
Edition Details:

Language: English

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Fire Watch (1998)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Bantam Spectra
ISBN: 0553260456
Dimensions: 4.1 x 7.0 x 0.8
Pages: 271

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