THINK LIKE A DINOSAUR and Other Stories by James Patrick Kelly

THINK LIKE A DINOSAUR and Other Stories

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KIRKUS REVIEW

From the author of Look into the Sun (1989), etc., a first story collection of 14 tales, 1984-97, including the Hugo Award--winning title piece about the moral and ethical complications that ensue when intelligent space-traveling dinosaurs introduce a teleportation device to Earth. Also noteworthy: ""Faith,"" a love story involving a man who talks to plants; ""Breakaway, Breakdown,"" a witty, discerning piece consisting of responses given by a spacewoman--readers have to supply the questions for themselves; ""Crow,"" an effective post-nuclear chiller; ""Monsters,"" wherein a grotesque hunchback who turns out to be an angel drives a potential psycho-killer back to sanity; and the famous ""Mr. Boy,"" a sort of techno version of Philip Josâ Farmer's return-to-the-womb classic, ""Mother."" The remainder feature variations on: life on the future dole; fathers and daughters; dreams, impotence, and salvation; cybersex; adulterous guys becoming unpersons; the '60s generation; and a rodent drug courier. An admirably diverse set of themes: readers attuned to Kelly's singular attitude and approach should find much to appreciate.

Pub Date: Aug. 18th, 1997
Page count: 287pp
Publisher: Golden Gryphon--dist. by Independent Publishers Group