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Saturday, January 08, 2005

The Resurrection Man's Legacy

The Resurrection Man's Legacy by Dale Bailey. Urbana, Illinois: Golden Gryphon Press, 2003. ISBN: 1-930846-22-3

Bailey is not an author with whom I was previously familiar. He's only written two novels, neither of which I've read, and since I don't read The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, which is where all of these stories were first published, I'd not previously encountered any of them either.

Dark is the single best word to describe the stories in this collection. The adjective applies whether you're talking about themes, tone, or subject matter. I don't think there is a single character who could be described as happy. All of them seem to be living through some kind of personal trauma.

The stories are well written; taut, suspenseful, they grab you and carry you relentlessly along with their protagonists. Even if you don't really want to go where they take you. Bailey's style is reminiscent of the old grand masters of the so-called golden age of science fiction, writers like A. E. Van Vogt, Clifford Simak and the like. Still, the unrelenting angst that flows through this collection would allow me to recommend it to only the diehard sci-fi afficianado.


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