DINOSAURS by Martin H. Greenberg


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 Fourteen more or less archosaurian variations, 195094, compiled by the veteran anthologizer. Familiar to dinosaur buffs and science fiction readers alike will be such famous old tales as Ray Bradbury's ``The Fog Horn'' (sea monster falls in love with a lighthouse); Isaac Asimov's ``Day of the Hunters'' (warm-blooded, intelligent dinosaurs--written, astoundingly, in 1950!); Arthur C. Clarke's ``Time's Arrow'' (fossil hounds chased by a carnosaur); and L. Sprague de Camp's Mesozoic safari, ``A Gun for Dinosaur.'' Almost as well known, if less venerable, are Edward Bryant's ``Strata'' (Mesozoic ghosts); Howard Waldrop's Indians and dinosaurs vs. soldiers and settlers in the ``Green Brother''; Robert Silverberg's dinosaur renaissance, ``Our Lady of the Sauropods,'' and--towering above everything else here--Poul Anderson's chilling time travel/nuclear war yarn, ``Wildcat.'' Of the more recent entries, Sharon N. Farber's splendid commentary on ``bone warriors'' O.C. Marsh and Edward D. Cope will amuse paleontological cognoscenti; the others--from Patricia Cadigan, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Robert J. Sawyer, and Harry Turtledove-- look somewhat pallid by comparison. Still, Anderson's tremendous yarn by itself is probably worth the price of admission, while the other oldies cast a nostalgic glow.

Pub Date: Jan. 30th, 1996
ISBN: 1-55611-482-6
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Donald Fine
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 1995


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