The Perseids and Other Stories

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In "The Observer" the only UFO-related story I have ever read that I can remember much enjoying there's no reason for us to believe that the narrator is flawed beyond her belief that she must be; in a sense the story is about her slowly learning -- thanks to the intervention of Edwin Hubble, of all people! For most of Wilson's protagonists here, however, the discovery they make is that they have cause for even greater despair.

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They lose rather than gain loved ones. They lose what they'd believed to be the stability in their lives. In "The Inner Inner City" a transcendent being of some undefined kind, passing as human, takes it upon itself to steal the narrator's wife through plunging the narrator into a sort of spiritual quest -- obsession, really -- involving urban cartography: the search for that heart of a city which no map shows. As always, Wilson's writing is exquisite, his voice calm and restrained even when -- as in a couple of these stories -- the events are feverish. A wonderful collection. Strange booksellers, impossible books, and the first story I've read where information visualization plays a powerful part in the story.

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I am a little disappointed with these 9 longer length short stories. RBeffa Nov 12, An excellent collection I've read and never less than enjoyed more usually been bowled over by several of Wilson's novels but not encountered his short fiction before. JohnGrant1 Aug 11, Beautiful little short stories that interconnect at strange tangents.

Status Robert Charles Wilson — primary author all editions calculated Martiniere, Stephan Cover artist secondary author some editions confirmed. An excellent collection The fields of Abraham The purchase of a telescope leads to an extra-terrestrial encounter The Perseids A poor immigrant struggling to feed himself and his sister is The magical mirror of "Plato's Mirror" was purchased at Finders.

The late wife of the grieving protagonist from "Divided by Infinity" used to work at Finders and his decision to visit the shop changes his life forever -- literally.

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The closing tale, "Pearl Baby," is set at Finders, now owned by the oft-recurring character Deirdre. As can be expected in a set of tales revolving around a bookshop, books themselves play an important role. The widower from "Divided by Infinity" rediscovers his youthful passion for science fiction and comes across at Finders, of course science fiction books that could not exist. Besides its sensitive and moving depiction of a diverse array of characters, one of this book's most appealing qualities is its loving evocation of Toronto.

The Perseids and Other Stories: Strange nights in Toronto

In Wilson's hands the city acquires a mysterious aura that invites exploration. In stark contrast to the car-heavy environment of the concrete-and-asphalt Toronto, the Toronto of The Perseids and Other Stories becomes a tactile ecology. Many of Wilson's characters are dedicated pedestrians who breathe and live their city with an immediacy and sensuality denied drivers trapped in their noisy little metal boxes.