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(Urban Nucleus)
© Galaxy, Feb 1975
Catacomb Years, 1979
--novella : 1976 Locus /8
--/ cool sf novella
--/ style award

"Apartheid, Superstrings
and Mordecai Thubana"
© Full Spectrum # 3, 1991
--novella : 1990 World Fantasy
--novella : 1990 Locus /19
--novella : 1992 Nebula

--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"At the Dixie-Apple with
the Shoo Fly-Pie Kid"
© Cosmos, Nov 1977
Catacomb Years, 1979

"Blooded On Arachne"
© Epoch, ed. R. Elwood, 1975
Blooded on Arachne, 1982
--novelette : 1976 Nebula
--novelette : 1976 Locus /15

--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"Catacomb Years" (coll)
(Urban Nucleus)
© 1979, Berkley Books
--sf novel : 1980 Locus /16
--/ cool sf collection
--/ style award

© Rooms of Paradise, ed. L. Harding, 1978
One Winter In Eden, 1984

"The Contributors To Plenum Four"
© New Dimensions # 5, 1975
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award

"Death Rehearsals"
(Urban Nucleus)
© Catacomb Years, 1979
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"Eyes Of Fire" (nv)
© 1980, Pocket Books
--sf novel : 1981 Locus /18
--/ cool sf novel
--/ style award

"A Funeral For The Eyes Of Fire" (nv)
© 1975, Ballantine Books
--novel : 1976 Nebula
--novel : 1976 Locus /14

--/ cool sf novel
--/ style award


"A Gift From The GrayLanders"
© IASFM, Sep 1985
Close Encounters With the Deity, 1986
--novelette : 1986 Hugo
--novelette : 1986 Nebula
--novelette : 1986 Locus /8

--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ shock value

The ferocious tone of this novella really took me off-guard, as I generally expect more subdued "artsy" and avangardistic pieces from Bishop, one of the leaders of Seventies New Wave revival. But apparently he graduated to a well-written, imaginative (and more focused) thriller style in the Eighties, as this novella (about a vicious and strange alien invasion of quiet American suburbs) clearly shows. After watching recent "War of the Worlds" movie, I was struck how much the implied terror is more frightening than the one clearly shown on a screen. This story was scary and yet visual enough to stand as one of the best "alien invasion" stories in the history of a genre.
review: 25-Aug-06 (read in 2002)


"Her Habiline Husband"
© Universe # 13, 1983
--novella : 1984 Nebula
--novella : 1984 Locus W
--novella : 1984 SF Chronicle W

--/ cool sf story

"The House Of Compassionate Sharers"
© Cosmos # 1, May 1977
Blooded on Arachne, 1982
--short fiction : 1978 Locus /12
--international fiction : 1978 Ditmar

--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"If A Flower Could Eclipse"
(Urban Nucleus)
© Worlds of Fantasy, Win 1970
Catacomb Years, 1979
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"In Chinistrex Fortronza
the People Are Machines"

© New Constellations, ed. T. Disch, 1976
Blooded on Arachne, 1982

© Shadows, ed. C. Grant, 1978
--/ cool f story

"No Enemy But Time" (nv)
© 1982, Timescape Books
--novel : 1983 Nebula W
--second place : 1983 Campbell Memorial /2
--sf novel : 1983 Locus /14
--novel : 1983 British SF
--international fiction : 1983 Ditmar

--/ cool sf novel

"Old Folks At Home"
(Urban Nucleus)
© Universe # 8, 1978
Catacomb Years, 1979
--novella : 1979 Locus /4
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"The Quickening"
© Universe # 11, 1981
One Winter In Eden, 1984
--novelette : 1982 Hugo
--novelette : 1982 Nebula W
--novelette : 1982 Locus /10

--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"Rogue Tomato"
© New Dimensions # 5, 1975
Blooded on Arachne, 1982
--short story : 1976 Hugo
--short story : 1976 Locus /7

--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award

"The Samurai And The Willows"
(Urban Nucleus)
© F&SF, Feb 1976
Catacomb Years, 1979
--novella : 1977 Hugo
--novella : 1977 Nebula
--novella : 1977 Locus W

--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"Saving Face"
© Universe # 10, 1980
One Winter In Eden, 1984
--novelette : 1981 Locus /8
--/ cool sf story

"Snapshots From Butterfly Plague"
© OMNI, Dec 1990
At the City Limits of Fate, 1996
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"Spiritual Disfunction And
Counter-Angelic Longings"
© Heaven Sent, ed. P. Crowther, 1995
--/ cool f story

"Three Dream Woman"
(with Craig Strete)
© New Dimensions # 8, 1978

"Vernalfest Morning"
© Chrysalis # 3, 1978
One Winter In Eden, 1984
--short story : 1980 Nebula
--short story : 1980 Locus /15

--/ cool sf story

"The Windows In Dante's Hell"
(Urban Nucleus)
© Orbit # 12, 1973
Catacomb Years, 1979
--/ cool sf story

"Within The Walls Of Tyre"
© Weirdbook # 13, 1978
One Winter In Eden, 1984
--short fiction : 1979 World Fantasy
--novelette : 1979 Locus /16

--/ cool sf story
--/ style award


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