Rutherford's Dreams: A New Zealand science fiction collection
Editors: Warwick Bennett and Patrick Hudson
Format: 210 x 137 mm portrait, softcovered, silver foil blocked lettering on cover
Weight: 362 grams
....the trials of reincarnated Gauguin ...
... the voice of the small thunder lizard...
...the shadow that haunts the hacker...
This book is a superlative collection of top science fiction from New Zealand's best-known and emerging writers - including:
* Phillip Mann
* Mike Johnson
* Chad Taylor
* Elizabeth Smither
* Michael Morrisey
* Vivienne Plumb
* David Hill
* Peter Friend
* Lyn McConchie
Explore the outer reaches of the imagination in twenty original stories, in most cases published here for the first time.
Rutherford's Dreams will delight all those who enjoy science fiction and an absolutely essential addition to any library of New Zealand literature.
"some magnificient pieces of writing" Listener
"a fascinating book to read" Northland Times
"two stories by Phillip Mann alone are worth the price of the book" Otago Daily Times
"all the stories are well written and very enjoyable... Recommended for any reader who likes to go past the limits of 'normality'" Nelson Evening Mail
"a well-presented volume with an eye-catching cover" WaikatoTimes
"A very distinctive cover interesting enough to make you want to pick it up." Wairarapa Times Age
"well-crafted efforts; quirky, funny, serious, thought-provoking and clever pieces."
"The best are very good. Export standard." Wanganui Chronicle
"How lively writing can be when authors let themselves appreciate the fun of what they do." Evening Post
"The title story of the book a scientific biography of Ernest Rutherford had me turning the pages despite myself, and by the end I knew that here was a triumph: a true science fiction story in its purest form, about a real scientist, his contribution to physics, its implications, and the belief-system of the man himself. The wonderful thing about this tale is that almost nothing is made up, yet in the end the tiniest twist explodes the story beyond science fiction.
Phillip Mann has two stories in this book. One of them, "Lux in Tenebris," is a cautionary tale about a medieval stonemason's encounter with a anachronism and the effect it has on his culture. It's a gripping story that relates itself seemingly without effort, and therein lies the craft of good writing.
"A triumphant collection... Get this book. Please." Quote Unquote