Review from Publishers Weekly:
"This dazzling, highly original anthology...showcases 30 mostly superior stories, each based on one of her songs. Some contributors take Ian at her word that science fiction is "the jazz of prose," responding to many of society's sharpest wounds with bittersweet improvisatory descants, like Terry Bisson in "Come Dance with Me," David Gerrold in "Riding Janis" and Orson Scott Card in "Inventing Lovers on the Phone," tales that probe the angst of adolescence. Spider Robinson, in "You Don't Know My Heart," like Gerrold in "Riding Janis," deals with the societal rejection gays and lesbians often face; "Immortality," by Robert J. Sawyer, and "Society's Stepchild," by Susan R. Matthews, respond to Ian's poignant "Society's Child," a plea for genuine racial tolerance; Stephen Baxter's "All in a Blaze" and Nancy Kress's brilliant "EJ-ES" confront the pain of aging; and several alternative-world tales, especially Harry Turtledove's powerful "Joe Steele" and Howard Waldrop's "Calling Your Name," explore the entrapment of the individual by sociopolitical forces engendered by materialism. The entire anthology seems to vibrate with the death throes of one world passing away, while far stranger ones struggle to be born. Their commonality, Ian tells us in her introduction, is that "They have heart. They have life. They have truth." No artist-nor any reader-could ask for more." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Complete list of writers: Kage Baker, Stephen Baxter, Terry Bisson, Gregory Benford, Orson Scott Card, Susan Casper, Diane Duane, Daid Gerrold, Joe Haldeman, Janis Ian, Kay Kenyon, Nancy Kress, Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Barry Malzberg, Susan Matthews, Mike Resnick, Kris Rusch, Robert Sawyer, Robert Sheckley, Dean Wesley Smith, Judith Tarr, Harry Turtledove, John Varley, Howard Waldrop, Tad Williams, Jane Yolen
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