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Swiftly (2004) [Collection]
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From the Land of Lilliput to Jupiter Magnified

In 2000, British author Adam Roberts published his first SF novel, Salt, to wide acclaim. Locus magazine described Salt as "... in the same vein as Frank Herbert's Dune." And in 2001, the beginning of a new millennium, Salt was named a finalist for the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel of the year.

Now, five SF novels later, Adam Roberts presents us with Swiftly, his first short fiction collection. These twelve handpicked tales - eight published here for the first time - showcase Roberts's authorial expertise at interweaving world-building with style, tone, and image. Roberts, whom award-winning author Jon Courtenay Grimwood calls "the king of high concept," is the rare hard-sf writer who emphasizes character over construct.

In "Swiftly," the title story to this collection, mid-1840s Europe is at the height of its manufacturing prowess, due in large part to the finely honed skills of the enslaved Lilliputian-like people. But the French Army threatens the English shore, and one British citizen dares to assist the French in order to free the enslaved. In the sequel story, which closes this collection, "Eleanor" marries manufactury owner Jonathan Burton, only to observe her husband's demise at the hands of his own Lilliputian workers.

To learn if she's been a good mother, a pregnant woman telephones her (unborn) daughter sixteen years into the future in "The Time Telephone." (The telephone call cost more than $15,000, and several hundred digits needed to be dialed!)

And when "Jupiter Magnified" fills the Earth's skies, scientists' opinions on the cause of the phenomenon abound, ordinary citizens contemplate the end of the world, and one man's personal relationships become all-encompassing. Contents

  • Swiftly
  • Dantesque
  • Stationary Acceleration
  • Tour de Lune
  • The Time Telephone
  • Blindness and Invisibility
  • The Siege of Fadiman
  • Allen Met the Devil
  • The Question of [?query term]
  • New Model Computer
  • Jupiter Magnified
  • Eleanor

Original title: Swiftly: Stories That Never Were and Might Not Be
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience Fiction

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Infinity Plus: The Anthology (2007) [Anthology]
      Authors: Mary Gentle , Kim Stanley Robinson , Lucius Shepard , Michael Moorcock , Stephen Baxter , Eric Brown , Jeff VanderMeer , Paul J. McAuley , Vonda N. McIntyre , Michael Swanwick , Brian M. Stableford , Ian McDonald , Paul Di Filippo , Tony Daniel , Michael Bishop , Lisa Goldstein , James Patrick Kelly , Kim Newman , Garry D. Kilworth , Charles Stross , Terry Bisson , Ian R. MacLeod , Adam Roberts , Paul Park , Kit Reed , Patrick O'Leary

Edition #1: Swiftly

Swiftly (2004)
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Language: English

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Swiftly (2004)

ISBN: 1892389711

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