Posts Tagged Connie Willis
Connie Willis’ book-sized publications
I own a few of these, and read them pre-blog. My reviews are linked, though.
Novels and published-separately novellas
- Water Witch (1982) (with Cynthia Felice)
- Lincoln’s Dreams (1987) – John W. Campbell Memorial Award winner, Locus Fantasy Award nominee, 1988. Poignant.
- Light Raid (1989) (with Cynthia Felice)
- Doomsday Book (1992) – Nebula Award winner, BSFA Award nominee, 1992; Hugo and Locus SF Awards winner, Clarke Award nominee, 1993. Poignant. Awesome.
- Remake (1994) – Hugo Award nominee, 1996
- Uncharted Territory (1994)
- Bellwether (1996) – Nebula Award nominee, 1997
- Promised Land (novel) (1997) (with Cynthia Felice)
- To Say Nothing of the Dog (1998) – Hugo and Locus SF Awards winner, 1999; Nebula Award nominee, 1998. very funny.
- Passage (2001) – Locus SF Award winner, Hugo and Clarke Awards nominee, 2002; Nebula Award nominee, 2001 – poignant.
- Inside Job (2005) – very funny
- D.A. (2007) – Y.A. book read pre-blog. It’s OK, not great.
- “All Seated on the Ground” (2007)
- Blackout (2010)
- All Clear (2010)
Short story collections
- Fire Watch (1984), whose title story won the 1982 Hugo and Nebula Awards
- Impossible Things (1993)
- Futures Imperfect (1996) (omnibus edition of Uncharted Territory, Remake and Bellwether.)
- Even the Queen: And Other Short Stories (1998) – Sound recording of five stories read by Connie Willis including “Even the Queen”, “Death on the Nile”, and “At the Rialto”.
- Miracle and Other Christmas Stories (1999)
- The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium (2007)
(not going to list here)
Be sure to have the ‘sequel’ ready
Stars: Four out of Five
Blackout takes place in the same universe as many of Connie Willis’ other stories, for example The Domesday Book, To Say nothing of the Dog, or a short story in The Winds of Marble Arch
Something seems to be going wrong with the mechanisms of time travel to which these British university types have become accustomed. Several characters travel to Britain during World War Two, and meet obstacle after coincidental obstacle preventing them from returning to their proper time.
The construction of the book is of several parallel but not coincident story lines, and it can be daunting to track who is happening when. There are more plates being juggled here than I recall being active in other Willis stories – so perhaps the ambitiousness of the scope is the reason that it seems to be moving more slowly and with less drama.
Still, it’s excellently written and I am looking forward to the sequel to learn what becomes of all these characters.
This novella won a Hugo in 2006.
It’s an enjoyable story about a fake medium honestly possessed by the spirit of H.L. Mencken.
A happy ending, and some nice boosterism for B-more.
A slender volume, as they say. Definitely not her strongest schtick.
On the range on a potential colony planet – surveying. There is dry humor about bureaucracy, environmentalism, and manipulation at the personal and cultural levels.
I didn’t realize – for the first third of the book – that the narrator character is a woman.