Decalog 5: Wonders
 

No. 5 of 5 in the Decalog short story collections series
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By:Paul Leonard & Jim Mortimore (ed.)
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Released:  September 1997
Publisher:  Virgin
ISBN:0-426-20515-4
Format: paperback
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Note:  This book was released after Virgin lost their Doctor Who publishing licence, so the Who connection is rather tenuous — the Doctor doesn't feature at all, and just one of the stories features New Adventures companion Bernice Summerfield.

Cover blurb:
Explore the Chamber of Whispers, where the voices of the past haunt the living; see the epic journey of a young Native American travelling along a river of stars to find out why the immortals abandoned the universe; and marvel at the solar system that defies the Laws of Physics — where, as the ancients believed, a planet is orbited by its sun.

Following in the tradition of four previous highly successful and acclaimed short story collections, Decalog 5 reveals all the strangeness and variety of human experience from the near future all the way to the end of time itself, in ten stories about the Wonders of the Universe.

From big to small, beautiful to evil: a river that spans the universe — and is slowly destroying it; a gallery where every whisper echoes for a thousand years; an eighth-century robot that answers all questions; and an artist whose final work is death.

As with previous Decalogs, the editors have sought out some of the best writing talent around, from established giants of SF to brilliant newcomers.

Content:

  • The Place of All Places by Nakula Somana
  • Poyekhali 3201 by Stephen Baxter
  • King's Chambers by Dominic Green
  • City of Hammers by Neil Williamson
  • Painting the Age with the Beauty of Our Days by Mike O'Driscoll
  • The Judgement of Solomon by Lawrence Miles
  • The Milk of Human Kindness by Liz Sourbut
  • Bibliophage by Stephen Marley
  • Negative Space by Jeanne Cavelos
  • Dome of Whispers by Ian Watson
  • Waters of Starlight by Stephen Marley


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