Margaret St. Clair ä 3 ead & downloadChest as by Idris SeabrightHorrer HowceThe Wines of Earth as by Idris SeabrightThe LibidoThe Nuse ManAn Old Fashioned Bird Draw MeI Bird ChristmasWryneck Draw MeI this up after eading an anthology which included the storyBrightness Falls From the Air Its masterful portrayal of abeautiful person of a ace doomed "by the cruel amusements of anotherand the one man who tries to save her brought me to tears "the cruel amusements of anotherand the one man who tries to save her brought me to tears mademe wonder why on earth I had never heard of the author before StClair wrote most of the stories included here in the 40s and 50s witha few later ones included as well Brightness Falls From the Air isstill my favorite but all of these stories were good Writers likethis Hume on Religion really show that there was no excuse at all for some of the awfulsci fi that was churned out in the so called Golden Age Thesestories are not only great sci fi but great literature well craftedinsightful and cuttingly darkTime to look up of her writing I hadn tead anything by her before and am glad I now have her stories and style are Master Plots: Race and the Founding of an American Literature, 1787-1845 reminiscent of Clifford Simak and Theodore Sturgeon Odd and yet very compelling My favourite story here is The Wines of Earth which has a hint of Bradbury Some stories go in many directions and don t seem finished in the sense of pieces coming together at the end which is sometimes enjoyable and sometimes puzzling I m going 5 stars on this because this is sci fi from a female author in the 40s and 50s The variety was amazing and she was certainly not afraid to cover ANY topic Really enjoyed this Naturalist bohemian academic paganevivalist and writer Margaret St Clair 1911 1995 is largely forgotten today She began publishing her fiction in the late 1940 s in the declining pulp science fiction market and continued to be featured in the same magazines through the 50 s and early 60 s Around 1956 she published her first sf novel The Green ueen and would go onto write another seven novels until 1973 None of her novels or short story collections three are available in print The Best of Margaret St Clair was issued in 1985 by a small press in Chicago As I City Schools: Lessons from New York read through these stories I was struck by how many I dead in other collections while growing up Ch. R 1951The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles 1951The Causes 1952An Egg a Month from All Over 1952Prott 1953New Ritual 1953Brenda 1954Short in the I came to St Clair by way of Sign of the Labrys and The Shadow People which were both extremely interesting and flawed works and I had heard that "her shorter fiction was an entirely different matterWhat I found here is a set of extremely "shorter fiction was an entirely different matterWhat I found here is a set of extremely well crafted and diverse works Only the last two An Old Fashioned Bird Christmas and Wryneck Draw Me have that odd and off kilter edge informed by occult or Wiccan influences ecognizable from the novels It s difficult to categorize the The Story Within rest Idris Pig has a Leigh Brackett feel but leavened with lightheartedness this is an interesting innovation that I d like to find of if it exists The Wines of Earthesembles Ray Bradbury but not so idiosyncratic Horrer Howse is a take on carnival dark ides that was extremely effective in conveying information and menace without providing explanationShe has a talent for fabricating the little details and the words that go with them matter canker cocohol zygodactyl dentautasen the little things of card games or beverages or trinkets sprinkled with a deft hand The euse of certain items suggests a shared setting #Among Some Stories This #some stories This to me as a birthday present because I had to God Gave Me a Mulligan: A Journalist's Life in War and Peace read Vines of Earth After finishing I can honestly say wow what a wonderful wild and oddide St Clair s stories are as diverse as they are strange and somehow that works Twenty stories from the pen of one of the better known female writers of SF s golden age Lots of tales about humans and aliens often with scary or macabre endings Sex is also prevalent in Ms St Clair s writing notably in Wryneck Draw Me the most current story in the collection 1980 1 and Short in the Chest 1954 which has appeared in several anthologies Also notable are The Pillows 1950 The Listening Child 1950 Brightness Falls from the Air 1951 Horror Howce 1956 and The Wines of Earth 1957 contentsIntroductionIdris Pig The Sacred Martian Pig The GardenerChild of VoidHathor s PetsThe PillowsThe Listening ChildBrightness Falls from the AirThe Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles as by Idris SeabrightThe Causes as by Idris SeabrightAn Egg a Month from All Over as by Idris SeabrightProttNew Ritual as by Idris SeabrightBrendaShort in the. ContentsIdris' Pig 1964The Gardener 1949Child of Void 1949Hathor's Pets 1950The Pillows 1950The Listening Child 1950Brightness Falls from the Ai. ,
Ild of the Void was featured in Tomorrow s Children 1967 and The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles in Alfred Tomorrow s Children 1967 and The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles in Alfred s Monster Museum1965 Brenda first published in Weird Tales was adapted for an episode of Rod Serling s Night Gallery not that good but worth seeing if you ve ead the storyEvery story in this collection is pure gold Most have the snap biting ending which turns sf conventions of the 50 s on their head Most of them have aged very well The Man Who Sold Rope to of them have aged very well The Man Who Sold Rope to Gnoles works as a wicked satire of modern sales techniues and of Lord Dunsany s fantasy "STORIES SHORT IN THE CHEST HAS A ROBOTIC PSYCHOLOGIST "Short in the Chest has a obotic psychologist disastrous advice to the military My own favourite in this collection The New Ritual works as a woman s interest story a pastoral and fantasy fictionThe truly sad issue is the lack of any interest in her writing outside a few fans Here s a woman who wrote countless stories and novels over a twenty year span then ceased her output Why Writer s block Health issues It would be good to knowPosted by Tim Mayer at 915 PM The Best of Margaret St Clair is a short story collection by an early pulp sci fi writer spanning the late 1940s through the early 1970s The collection is uneven I The American Academic Profession: Transformation in Contemporary Higher Education really loved some stories while others felt dated and others just left me withaised eyebrows wondering what the heck was that Overall though I eally enjoyed it St Clair doesn t seem overly concerned about genre boundaries and her stories are weird tales than strictly sci fi blending horror fantasy and speculative fiction and I found this to be uite charming She talks about sex and sexuality frankly than I would have expected during the era when she was writing and I do think her being a woman writing in a male dominated genre comes through in small touches particularly in Short in the Chest though it never approaches an obvious feminist message If you like genre bending short stories and classic pulp sci fi you may appreciate this overlooked author Margaret St Clair is an unappreciated gem Her stories often contain an interesting idea or unexpected twist Great collection of her short stories Highly ecommend Contains one of my favorite weird stories Horrer Howce. Hest 1954Horrer Howce 1956The Wines of Earth 1957The Invested Libido 1958The Nuse Man 1960An Old Fashioned Bird Christmas 1961Wryneck Draw Me 19. .
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