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THE GIRLS WITH KALEIDOSCOPE EYES by Howard Hendrix

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Ranging from flash to full novella lengths, the ten pieces featured here include stories about time travel and the 1939 World’s Fair, a tendentious man/dog relationship on Mars, a spam-blocker program that incidentally shuts down the universe, giant artworks among the nearly immortal, Einstein channeled by a fortune teller, Big Data meets March Madness, and enhanced bonobos trying to re-create Shakespeare’s lost play Cardenio. Hendrix’s stories transcend time and show us the futures the human race yet may face, in the digital age and beyond.




“Howard Hendrix here demonstrates his imagination, versatility, and heart, in story after story.  He has a gift for combining the latest news from the sciences with permanent truths of human nature to make fictions that are quirky and memorable.  Highly recommended.”

      Kim Stanley Robinson, author of Red Moon


“Howard Hendrix’s work glows with imagination, compassion, and ingenuity. The characters are alive, and the science is gripping.”
 
      —Jack McDevitt, author of The Engines of God
“If you read science fiction to consume and savor ideas—lots of ideas, big and small, salty, bitter and sweet—then Hendrix offers a full course meal in The Girls with Kaleidoscope Eyes.”
 
      —David Brin, author of Existence
 
“Just when you think you know where these tales are going, the floor drops out under you. The characters seem like people you might recognizeuntil they don’t. Near future, far future, Earth or far out in space, the stories entertain and satisfy, but above all they make you think. And not all the questions asked lead to pretty answers.”   
 
      Sheila Finch, author of Triad
“Howard Hendrix is one of science fiction’s cleverest writersa fountain of ideas any one of which would have made Asimov or Clarke proud.  Prepare to have your mind blown.”
 
      Robert J. Sawyer, author of Quantum Night
“[Hendrix] demonstrates his considerable talent for blending philosophical and scientific speculation.”      
      Library Journal

“Hendrix’s first book since the 2006 novel Spears of God collects a pleasing array of science fiction stories. While there are no explicit links between the individual stories, recurring ideas such as the Mobius strip bring a sense of unity. The history of science fiction is well represented, with “Palimpsest” and “The Infinite Manque” paying homage to Arthur C. Clarke and Daniel Keyes, respectively. Other highlights include “Whatever Became of What Might Have Been,” a comparison of addictions; “Knot Your Grandfather’s Knot,” a poignant time travel story centered on the 1939 World’s Fair; “Monuments of Unageing Intellect,” an exploration of the implications of immortality; and the title novella, which combines AI and genetics to explore potential ramifications of the surveillance state. The clever mix of story length and style keeps the reader’s attention. Fans of idea-driven SF will enjoy dipping in here and there or reading the collection straight through.”
     
      —Publishers Weekly

 

 

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