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Barnacle Bill the Spacer and Other Stories

Lucius Shepard

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Fiction, Thriller / suspense, War & combat fiction, Horror & ghost stories, Science fiction, Classic science fiction, Space opera

This collection has something for everyone: stories of science fiction, thrillers and psychological horror story by an award-winning writer.

This collection by Lucius Shepard, one of the most exciting new writers to emerge in the 1980s, includes the eponymous story 'Barnacle Bill the Spacer', about an attempted mutiny on a space station, which won the Hugo Award, as well as 'Sports in America', about a man who finds out just how far he is willing to go when he is hired by a local crime boss to kill a man. In 'All the Perfumes of Araby' a small-time smuggler is granted a vision of the future that compels him to change his life, while 'Human History' is a post-apocalyptic adventure story with a hint of decadence. 'The Sun Spider' is a romance of sorts, with a decidedly gothic twist, while in 'Beast of the Heartland', a boxer at the end of his career is lured back into the ring with the promise of one last big payoff. And anyone who has ever completely lost themselves in a piece of music will recognise the inspiration for 'A Little Night Music'. Shepard's stories are not just wonderfully three-dimensional characters dealing with life-changing events; they are filled with colours, textures, sounds and smells, as he describes his backgrounds with as much care as a master painter.

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Lucius Shepard

Lucius Shepard (1947 - 2014)
Lucius Shepard was born in the USA in 1947. From the mid-1960s to the early 1980s he lived in various parts of the world and travelled widely. He won the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer in 1985 and also won the World Fantasy Award twice. He died in 2014.

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