THE GREAT ESCAPE by Ian Watson. Urbana, IL; Golden Gryphon Press, 2002. 1st hardcover. Fine in fine dj. Ian Watson combines science fiction and fantasy into an eclectic mix that includes stories about fallen angels in Hell rebelling and mounting a breakout, about the inconvenience of keeping aging parents in your brain instead of a nursing home, about Jesus’ immortal brother as solo passenger on the first starship, about alien coffins bombarding the solar system, about right-wing U.S. militias stealing a quantum computer to commit nuclear blackmail, about a computer-games designer haunted by the cyber-ghost of his murdered wife, about frozen heads and strange mind-changes, and how a cake decorator defeats a vampire with a sweet tooth. De-evolution, treasure-hunting via hang-glider, dark animal fantasies, humanity as a hive-entity, Hercules Poirot on a starship—Watson takes the strange, the eerie, the weird, mixes in his seasoned writing skills, and produces a potpourri of the fantastic. These nineteen stories are sure to amuse, bemuse, and entertain. His stories have been finalists for the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and widely anthologized. From 1990 to 1991 he worked full-time with Stanley Kubrick on story development for the movie A.I., now directed by Steven Spielberg, for which Watson has screen credit for Screen Story. Cover art by Ron Walotsky.
Table of Contents:
The Great Escape,
A Day Without Dad,
The Amber Room,
When Thought-Mail Failed,
Early, in the Evening,
The Shape of Murder,
What Actually Happened in Docklands,
The Boy Who Lost an Hour, the Girl Who Lost Her Life,
The Last Beast Out of the Box,
The China Cottage,
Tulips from Amsterdam,
My Vampire Cake.
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