Publisher: Ursus, 1989,
Publication Date: 1989
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Signed ltd ed., fine in slipcase, speculative fiction, blm50. Bookseller Inventory # 552
Synopsis: Featuring an introduction by Bruce Sterling, this collection of short fiction by Pat Cadigan won the Locus Award for best collection in 1990. The final story, "The Power and the Passion", was original to this collection. The previously published stories included here are:
* Eenie, Meenie, Ipsateenie
* Vengeance is Yours
* The Day the Martels Got the Cable
* Roadside Rescue
* Rock On
* Another One Hits the Road
* My Brother's Keeper
* Pretty Boy Crossover
* It Was the Heat
* The Power and the Passion
Review: This collection of precyberpunk short stories was originally published in 1989, with some of the selections dating back to 1983. As a result, some of the stories may seem outdated, but they brilliantly illuminate how quickly technology has advanced in one short decade.
In Pat Cadigan's tales, social issues morph into monstrous fantasy--like the what happens to Milo, the kid who's always left out, in the chilling "Eenie, Meenie, Ipsateenie." The story "Heal" will keep the likes of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker awake at night, pale and unblinking in their beds. Particularly harrowing is the tale "My Brother's Keeper," in which a girl's struggle to rescue her brother from heroin addiction uncovers something far uglier going on in the dark recesses of the inner city.
Patterns is reminiscent of Ray Bradbury's short stories, but with malevolent twists and psychotic turns that leave the reader waiting on tenterhooks for the final punch line. Fans of Cadigan's work will particularly enjoy the introductions she has written for each story. Those wanting to read her for the first time may find her novels a better introduction. --Jhana Bach
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