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Book Title: Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian|
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v The author of the book: Janis Ian
Edition: DAW Hardcover
Date of issue: August 5th 2003
ISBN 13: 9780756401771
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Read full description of the books Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian:I read the ebook re-issue of this anthology, which is one of the best in recent years. My copy of the print version, which was signed by both Ian and Resnick, was damaged beyond repair in some otherwise minor flooding in my home a few years ago, so I was glad to get this new version.
Janis Ian, best known for her songs "At Seventeen" and "Society's Child," turns out to be a major SF fan. She explains how a fan letter she wrote to Mike Resnick led to her attending a Worldcon with him, which in turn led to a contract for a book of stories based on her music.
This new edition even has a new story, "For I Have Lain Me Down on The Stone of Loneliness and I'll Not Be Back Again," by Michael Swanwick.
The Swanwick story is one of those I highly recommend; it examines how 1916's Easter Rebellion in Ireland designed to throw off British rule and create an independent Irish Republic has consequences that will follow us past the present day and even into our spacefaring future.
There are plenty of other stories to recommend. "Riding Janis" by David Gerrold is a look at gender issues among the crew of a spaceship sending an asteroid (the Janis of the title) flying past the Earth as part of an Olympics celebration.
Robert J. Sawyer's "Immortality" imagines a former singer oddly similar to Janis Ian attending her 60th high school reunion and discovering the true nature of artistic immortality.
The ebook version even has links to Janis Ian's website where you can hear the songs that inspired each story.
The entire volume is highly recommended!
Read information about the authorI was was born April 7, 1951, a month and day shared with Billie Holiday. Wrote my first song at 12, was published at 13, made a record at 14, had a hit at 15, and was a has-been at 16. I took a break for 3 years shortly thereafter, and moved to Philadelphia to write and find out if I really could be a great songwriter. "Came back" in 1973 with an album called Stars, and was fortunate enough to have a second career.
I've been lucky enough to have nine Grammy nominations in eight different categories, and two Grammys - most recently for the spoken word edition of my autobiography, "Society's Child".
I love writing - articles, speeches, stories, songs, books. I love reading. For years, my fans brought me used books on tour in lieu of flowers or jewelry. I'm 63 going on 64 and thinking about "retirement", trying to call it "transitioning" instead. Less time on the road, more time to write.
I love Goodreads, books, libraries!
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