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.

AudioFile Magazine review

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:

IntroductionJanis Ian – Janis Ian

Come Dance With MeTerry Bisson – Gabrielle de Cuir

The Scent of Trumpets,The Voices of SmokeTad Williams – John Rubinstein

Finding My ShadowJoe Haldeman – Kathe Mazur

Ride Me Like a Wave Jane Yolen – Paul Boehmer

In Fading Suns and Dying MoonsJohn Varley – Stefan Rudnicki

On the Other Side Mercedes Lacky– Susan Hanfield

Nightmare Mountain Kage Baker – Janis Ian

On the EdgeGregory Benford – Stefan Rudnicki

Two Faces of LoveTanith Lee – Sile and Stefan

ImmortalityRobert Sawyer – Gabrielle de Cuir

HungerRobert Sheckley – Sile Bermingham

Society’s StepchildSusan R. Matthews – Gabrielle de Cuir

Murdering Stravinsky Barry N. Malzberg – Stefan Rudnicki

Society’s GoyMike Resnick – Gabrielle de Cuir

Second Person UnmaskedJanis Ian – Janis Ian

Play Like a Girl Kristine Kathryn Rusch – Gabrielle de Cuir

All in a BlazeStephen Baxter – Paul Boehmer

Old PhotographsSusan 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 PaintingDiane Duane – Paul Boehmer

An Indeterminate State – Kay Kenyon – John Rubinstein

This House Sharon Lee & Steve Miller – Kristoffer Tabori

Calling Your NameHoward Waldrop – Stefan Rudnicki

Shadow in the CityDean Wesley Smith – Susan Hanfield

Joe SteeleHarry Turtle Dove – Stefan Rudnicki

Inventing Lovers on the Phone Orson Scott Card – Emily Rankin

Stone of Loneliness – Michael Swanwick – Janis Ian

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