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This is a brief discussion of Terry Bisson and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Bisson.
This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Bisson: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)
I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Bisson tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Bisson worthy; in sum, to help you rank Terry Bisson (and the works by Bisson listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.
A Few Words About Terry Bisson
Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the “Other Resources” section below will lead you to some information about the “Notable Books” listed farther down this page.
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Other Terry Bisson Resources
Terry Bisson Resources on the Web
The chief resource is Bisson’s own web site, Terry Bisson. There’s also a Profile of Terry Bisson by author Michael Swanwick, and a brief Bisson biography at Infinity plus. And, as usual, The Encyclolpedia of Science Fiction has a useful article, Terry Bisson.
There is, however, the usual quota of interviews. Here is a representative sampling: 2004, SciFi.com by Nick Gevers [archived copy]; 2000, Locus; 1997, OmniVisions; and 1996, Science Fiction Weekly [archived copy].
There are also some one-off reviews of individual books, and even of individual stories; here are just a few, chosen for offering some insights into Bisson as a writer: “Bears Discover Fire”, a story review by Nicholas Whyte; The Pickup Artist at SciFi.com, reviewed by John Clute; Dear Abbey at The Alien Online; and Talking Man at Publishers Weekly. For more, Google Is Your Friend.
Terry Bisson Resources in Print
I could find none.
Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Terry Bisson ***
(For more possible titles by this author, see the “Unrated Books by Rated Authors” page.)
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