The narrators are paired perfectly with the stories. All are emotionally involved in these tales of outer space, the supernatural, and other sci-fi topics. Accents, emotions, intonation, and tension hold the listener's attention. Alien words are interspersed smoothly with standard English. This anthology takes the listener to new worlds and old and is perfect for hours of discovery.
Janis Ian and 30 top science fiction writers team up to create an astonishing book of original short fiction. Stars is a huge anthology in both volume and talent. Each story, available only here, is based on a Janis Ian song that meant something special to the author, who then wrote the story expressly for Stars, creating a meld of jazz, prose, and science fiction found nowhere else.
Ian, who won the Grammy Award for spoken-word entertainment for Society’s Child, joins the cast of this intimate and unique audiobook to narrate portions of Stars and also to perform the music that inspired each story.
This edition of Stars also features an original new story by Michael Swanwick, “For I Have Lain Me Down on the Stone of Loneliness and I’ll Not Be Back Again”, based on “Mary’s Eyes”, a Janis Ian song that has always moved him to tears.
Stars was compiled and edited by Mike Resnick and Janis Ian and includes stories by Nebula winners and such science fiction greats as Joe Haldeman, Jane Yolen, Gregory Benford, Orson Scott Card, and more. It also includes Ian’s first original story, “Prayerville”.
Table of Contents:
Introduction – Janis Ian – Janis Ian
Come Dance With Me – Terry Bisson – Gabrielle de Cuir
The Scent of Trumpets,The Voices of Smoke –Tad Williams – John Rubinstein
Finding My Shadow – Joe Haldeman – Kathe Mazur
Ride Me Like a Wave – Jane Yolen – Paul Boehmer
In Fading Suns and Dying Moons – John Varley – Stefan Rudnicki
On the Other Side – Mercedes Lacky– Susan Hanfield
Nightmare Mountain – Kage Baker – Janis Ian
On the Edge – Gregory Benford – Stefan Rudnicki
Two Faces of Love – Tanith Lee – Sile and Stefan
Immortality – Robert Sawyer – Gabrielle de Cuir
Hunger – Robert Sheckley – Sile Bermingham
Society’s Stepchild – Susan R. Matthews – Gabrielle de Cuir
Murdering Stravinsky – Barry N. Malzberg – Stefan Rudnicki
Society’s Goy – Mike Resnick – Gabrielle de Cuir
Second Person Unmasked – Janis Ian – Janis Ian
Play Like a Girl – Kristine Kathryn Rusch – Gabrielle de Cuir
All in a Blaze – Stephen Baxter – Paul Boehmer
Old Photographs – Susan Casper – Kathe Mazer
Ej-Es – Nancy Kress– Janis Ian
You Don’t Know My Heart – Spider Robinson – Kathe Mazer
Riding Janis– David Gerrold – Susan Hanfield
East of the Sun, West of Acousticville – Judith Tarr – Stefan Rudnicki
Hopper Painting – Diane Duane – Paul Boehmer
An Indeterminate State – Kay Kenyon – John Rubinstein
This House – Sharon Lee & Steve Miller – Kristoffer Tabori
Calling Your Name – Howard Waldrop – Stefan Rudnicki
Shadow in the City – Dean Wesley Smith – Susan Hanfield
Joe Steele – Harry Turtle Dove – Stefan Rudnicki
Inventing Lovers on the Phone – Orson Scott Card – Emily Rankin
Stone of Loneliness – Michael Swanwick – Janis Ian