1 thought on “Heatseeker

  1. 1988 was a vintage year for John Shirley, in which In Darkness Waiting, A Splendid Chaos, and Eclipse Penumbra all saw publication. Any year in which an author has three novles published can only be considered a banner year, but when each novel is a separate piece of work, each in a different “field” of writing, and each receiving critical praise, that’s fine work indeed. Shirley’s been proving to people that he can write well in almost any genre for years in his short stories, but up un [...]

  2. I finished reading Heatseeker this morning after breakfast. It's an interesting collection of stories by John Shirley. I buy almost everything with Shirley's name on it and so far haven't been disappointed.Most of the stories in this collection are very good and most are pretty strange; I expect both from a John Shirley story. A couple of the stories were beyond my comprehension ("Tahiti in Terms of Squares" and "Silent Crickets") and one I wished had been ("Equilibrium").One complaint I have ab [...]

  3. I love this book. I have the hardcover with creepy illustrations by Harry O. Morris. I first discovered it at the library while I was in college.I put off buying it forever because I wasn’t sure it would stretch my mind the way it did back then. But if anything I have a deeper appreciation for it. “Triggering” and “Six Kinds of Darkness” are just as haunting as they were for me 20 years ago, and now I’m equally possessed by “What Cindy Saw” and “The Almost Empty Rooms.”Willia [...]

  4. I own a signed copy of this hardcover edition, and it is the most frequently read book of my college years. Heatseeker is an original, unforgettable, and highly influential volume of 19 short stories. With amazing illustrations by Harry O. Morris. The opening story, "What Cindy Saw" is the cyberpunk equivalent of Jack Finney's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Long before there was a Matrix franchise where the dead were harnessed for power, John Shirley wrote "Under the Generator" and "Sleepwalk [...]

  5. I grabbed this off the shelf of the public library when I was about 13 years old and it exploded my gourd. I'm not sure I'd like it so much if I read it for the first time now, but these stories have kind of a special place for me as the first time I'd really encountered this sort of surreal, fantastic writing.

  6. My favourite short story collection by any author. "What Cindy Saw" is a surreal masterpiece. "Wolves of the Plateau", "Triggering" and "Six Kinds of Darkness" all remain fresh - exquisite examples of what can happen when SF, noir, and horror merge seamlessly. These stories are brutal, concise, mindbending and poetic.

  7. I can see why authors I like have spoken highly of Shirley's work. He's a good writer, and his ideas are anything but derivative. I'm glad I read this collection but I have to admit that none of the stories really caught my attention.

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