All about Macs {short story} by Terry Bisson. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers. Based on the award winning short story by Terry Bisson. A Variety of people are interviewed regarding a government sponsored cloning programme. Terry Bisson uses the fantastic genres as do Kurt Vonnegut or Harlan Ellison, . When I wrote this review, the posted e-book contained only one story, “macs.

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I happen to agree with the basic point the author is making bsson that doesn’t make the way he chose to make the point any more acceptable to me. Terry Bisson uses the fantastic genres as do Kurt Vonnegut or Harlan Ellison, and like them, he is one of the strikingly original voices in short fiction today, with an audience that transcends genre.

I’d especially recommend it from someone who likes reading short stories a lot. But obviously tergy disagree, since it has been nominated for various prizes.

Macs {short story}

It is also mean-spirited and somewhat exploitive. He has written two YA novels for Lucasfilm. The second element, in your interpretation which I think is correct is that one of the clones somehow escaped and so did the original; the former manages to track down the biisson over the course of the story.

From the author of “Bears Discover Fire,” one of the most anthologized American short stories of the last decade, this is a collection of stories that originally appeared in sources as diverse as Asimov’s SF, Playboy, Southern Exposureand Crank! After a brief time in Louisville, he moved to NY City, where he lived on and off for some thirty years, with sojourns in the hippie communes of the Southwest and South from Jason Lundberg rated it it was amazing May 18, The two elements of the story are, first, that rather than the state executing a mass murderer, he is cloned and the clones who supposedly inlcude the real McCoy are farmed out among the victims’ families for them to personally execute, a process which brutalises them without really providing closure.


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In the Upper Room and Other Likely Stories by Terry Bisson

No trivia or quizzes yet. Front page About this site My Weblog. Julie Sandel rated it it was amazing Nov 01, Eric rated it liked it Jan 13, I’m not much of a fan so I can’t help the feeling that this wasn’t meant for me. You can read a free HTML version at yareah. The “fine American families”, of whom only nine in the story rejected their chance to take personal vengeance on McVeigh’s clone, are also real people.

Refresh and try again. Return to Book Page. It’s most assuredly not a “capital punishment is good” story. It is fairly often anthologized. Hardcoverpages. Bobbi Khalaf rated it it was amazing Apr 17, I had a hard time hating them, in spite of what they done, or their daddy done, or however you want to put it. The bum in the dumpster is Timothy McVeigh, who is a real person.

For me, “macs” trivialised this issue in favour of a didactic point about capital punishment. So I don’t believe that the fact that a story works from real life and real people — some of whom may be distressed — is grounds to deny it’s place as a work of art.

I am leaving my review up because I disagree with the librarian’s decision. Clearly I’m not the target audience for that one. David rated it it was amazing Sep 16, He is one of the classic sci-fi short story writers.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. To my dismay, “macs” won the Nebula Award. Raft by Stephen Baxter.


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Steve Fernie rated it really liked it Oct 09, In my political work in Northern Ireland and Bosnia, I have had to confront for myself the moral problem of how to deal with both the perpetrators and the victims of monstrous crimes. Given the security measures we are told about this seems biason bit internally inconsistent but I suppose many good stories are told of intrinsically unlikely events.

Obviously this is targetted specifically at the argument that the death penalty is a justifiable form of social retribution, though it also makes one think about general social hysteria and moral panics such as we have seen in the UK over paedophiles this summer.

Kersplebedeb rated it it was ok Feb 11, Trivia About In the Upper Room Sort of panicked and gloomy. If I were related to one of the victims, I think I would be very upset if I chanced to read “macs”.

Macss Stochaj rated it it was amazing Dec 29, Of course, the story has appeared in other books as well, but the librarian decided for me which book I really meant. Nov 02, Mckinley rated it liked it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of bosson you want to read.

Still, worth a look. I, personally, susbscribe to Faulkner’s dictum: Mar 18, Lindsay from TrulyBooked rated it it was ok Shelves: Nov 27, Janis Ian rated it it was amazing Shelves: Try re-reading it with a “the author doesn’t really think this is a good idea” filter on.

But I thought it was very impressive — I had it at the top of my Hugo voting.