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Few authors have had careers as successful as that of Connie Willis. Inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and recently awarded the title of Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Willis is still going strong. Her smart, heartfelt fiction runs the gamut from screwball comedy to profound tragedy, combining dazzling plot twists, cutting-edge science, and unforgettable characters.
 
From a near future mourning the extinction of dogs to an alternate history in which invading aliens were defeated by none other than Emily Dickinson; from a madcap convention of bumbling quantum physicists in Hollywood to a London whose Underground has become a storehouse of intangible memories both foul and fair—here are the greatest stories of one of the greatest writers working in any genre today.
 
All ten of the stories gathered here are Hugo or Nebula award winners—some even have the distinction of winning both. With a new Introduction by the author and personal afterwords to each story—plus a special look at three of Willis’s unique public speeches—this is unquestionably the collection of the season, a book that every Connie Willis fan will treasure, and, to those unfamiliar with her work, the perfect introduction to one of the most accomplished and best-loved writers of our time.
Praise for The Best of Connie Willis
 
“Filled with warmth and sadness, great drama, witty dialogue, characters you will care about and moments that you will remember for a long time.”—SFF World
 
“If anyone can be named ‘best science fiction writer of the age,’ it’s Connie Willis, and these stories are the best of her best. Truly.”Analog
 
“Ranging from the hilarious to the profound, these stories show the full range of [Connie] Willis’s talent for taut, dazzling plots, real science, memorable characters, penetrating dialogue and blistering drama.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Thank goodness [for] Connie Willis, who says many things that desperately need saying in more than one delightful way.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 
The Best of Connie Willis? Isn’t that like sorting through diamonds?”—Lytherus
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      • bioText: Connie Willis, a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and a Grand Master of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, has received seven Nebula awards and eleven Hugo awards for her fiction; Blackout and All Clear, a novel in two parts, won both. Her other works include Passage, Doomsday Book, Lincoln’s Dreams, Bellwether, Impossible Things, Remake, Uncharted Territory, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Fire Watch, and Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. Connie Willis lives in Colorado with her family.
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Few authors have had careers as successful as that of Connie Willis. Inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and recently awarded the title of Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Willis is still going strong. Her smart, heartfelt fiction runs the gamut from screwball comedy to profound tragedy, combining dazzling plot twists, cutting-edge science, and unforgettable characters.
 
From a near future mourning the extinction of dogs to an alternate history in which invading aliens were defeated by none other than Emily Dickinson; from a madcap convention of bumbling quantum physicists in Hollywood to a London whose Underground has become a storehouse of intangible memories both foul and fair—here are the greatest stories of one of the greatest writers working in any genre today.
 
All ten of the stories gathered here are Hugo or Nebula award winners—some even have the distinction of winning both. With a new Introduction by the author and personal afterwords to each story—plus a special look at three of Willis’s unique public speeches—this is unquestionably the collection of the season, a book that every Connie Willis fan will treasure, and, to those unfamiliar with her work, the perfect introduction to one of the most accomplished and best-loved writers of our time.
Praise for The Best of Connie Willis
 
“Filled with warmth and sadness, great drama, witty dialogue, characters you will care about and moments that you will remember for a long time.”—SFF World
 
“If anyone can be named ‘best science fiction writer of the age,’ it’s Connie Willis, and these stories are the best of her best. Truly.”Analog
 
“Ranging from the hilarious to the profound, these stories show the full range of [Connie] Willis’s talent for taut, dazzling plots, real science, memorable characters, penetrating dialogue and blistering drama.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Thank goodness [for] Connie Willis, who says many things that desperately need saying in more than one delightful way.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 
The Best of Connie Willis? Isn’t that like sorting through diamonds?”—Lytherus
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      • content: "Filled with warmth and sadness, great drama, witty dialogue, characters you will care about and moments that you will remember for a long time."--SFF World "If anyone can be named 'best science fiction writer of the age,' it's Connie Willis, and these stories are the best of her best. Truly."--Analog "Ranging from the hilarious to the profound, these stories show the full range of [Connie] Willis's talent for taut, dazzling plots, real science, memorable characters, penetrating dialogue and blistering drama."--Kirkus Reviews "Thank goodness [for] Connie Willis, who says many things that desperately need saying in more than one delightful way."--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Best of Connie Willis? Isn't that like sorting through diamonds?"
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      • content: Praise for Connie Willis "A novelist who can plot like Agatha Christie and whose books possess a bounce and stylishness that Preston Sturges might envy."--The Washington Post "One of America's finest writers . . . Willis can tell a story so packed with thrills, comedy, drama and a bit of red herring that the result is apt to satisfy the most discriminating, and hungry, reader."--The Denver Post "A wit with a common touch who's read more great books, and makes better use of them in her work, than two or three lit professors put together."--Newsday "A national treasure."--San Antonio Express-News "Willis can tell a story like no other. . . . One of her specialties is sparkling, rapid-fire dialogue; another, suspenseful plotting; and yet another, dramatic scenes so fierce that they burn like after-images in the reader's memory."--The Village Voice "Willis's fiction is one of the most intelligent delights of our genre."
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        Starred review from May 6, 2013
        This anthology demolishes any attempt to pigeonhole SFWA Grand Master and Science Fiction Hall of Famer Willis (Blackout/All Clear). Her six Nebula Awards and 10 Hugo Awards confirm her eminence in speculative fiction, but her versatile range and forthright wit wouldn’t be out of place in the literary mainstream. The gradual revelations of horror through a young girl’s narration in “A Letter from the Clearys” and the madcap comedy of quantum physics playing against randomness in everyday life in “At the Rialto” bear overtones of Shirley Jackson, an acknowledged influence. “Death on the Nile” plumbs identity loss and suggestions of reversion to the past, with no Hercule Poirot to set things straight. Contemporary satire appears in “Even the Queen,” wherein the woes of menstruation are used to skewer hippie feminists. Whimsy also appears in “All Seated on the Ground,” in which a young woman’s experience with a frosty aunt gives her confidence to deal with sulky aliens. Confirmed Willis fans will find interesting reflections in the author’s afterwords, and the reader for whom this diverse selection is an introduction will find incentives to build on the acquaintance.

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        April 15, 2013
        Ten award-winning stories, 1982-2007, plus three equally well-regarded award acceptance speeches, from the much-celebrated author (All Clear, 2011, etc.). Hard to say which of these stories is the most famous; probably "Fire Watch" (Hugo winner), in which a time traveler helps save St. Paul's cathedral from incendiaries in 1940. Not far behind would be "The Last of the Winnebagos" (Hugo and Nebula winner), depicting a future in which dogs are extinct, and the Humane Society, mutated into a crypto-fascist police organization, is liable to shoot you for accidentally running over a coyote; or the wrenching post-apocalyptic "A Letter from the Clearys" (Nebula winner). Returning to the "Fire Watch" theme, "The Winds of Marble Arch" (Hugo) explores a London Underground haunted by the ghosts of the Blitz. And in "Death on the Nile" (Hugo), the protagonists are dead but don't know it--an idea that Willis would explore in more depth in her brilliant novel Passage. The remaining tales show off Willis' gift for comedy. Who else, for instance, could write about menstruation ("Even the Queen," Hugo and Nebula) and make it screamingly funny? In "All Seated on the Ground" (Hugo), weird alien visitors do nothing but stand around and glare disapprovingly. Who better than Emily Dickenson ("The Soul Selects Her Own Society," Hugo) to save Earth from Wellsian Martian invaders or arch-skeptic H. L. Mencken ("Inside Job," Hugo) to debunk a fake psychic? Finally, in "At the Rialto" (Nebula), attendees of a quantum physics conference at a Hollywood hotel stumble into delightfully probabilistic chaos. Ranging from the hilarious to the profound, these stories show the full range of Willis' talent for taut, dazzling plots, real science, memorable characters, penetrating dialogue and blistering drama--and may guide inquisitive readers toward her equally accomplished and acclaimed novels.

        COPYRIGHT(2013) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        June 1, 2013
        In her humble and reflective introduction to this collection, spanning 25 years of Hugo and Nebula Awardwinning short fiction, Willis describes how she fell so madly in love with sf short stories in her youth that she's still writing them 40 years later. Her passion comes through in the vision and variety represented in this collection, from haunting futures ( A Letter from the Clearys; The Last of the Winnebagos ) to wryly funny portrayals of scientists, academics, and aliens ( All Seated on the Ground; At the Rialto ). Famous figures such as Emily Dickinson ( The Soul Selects Her Own Society ) and H. L. Mencken ( Inside Job ) save the world in unexpected ways, and women's issues take on new meaning in Even the Queen. Fire Watch expresses Willis' fascination with the compassion and resilience of Londoners during the Blitz, while the eerie Death on the Nile philosophically confronts the inevitability of death, ideas that come together in Winds of the Marble Arch and are explored in later novels. Three signature award-acceptance speeches are also included. This is the essential Willis collection.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2013, American Library Association.)

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From a near future mourning the extinction of dogs to an alternate history in which invading aliens were defeated by none other than Emily Dickinson; from a madcap convention of bumbling quantum physicists in Hollywood to a London whose Underground has become a storehouse of intangible memories both foul and fair—here are the greatest stories of one of the greatest writers working in any genre today.
 
All ten of the stories gathered here are Hugo or Nebula award winners—some even have the distinction of winning both. With a new...
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