by Alan Dean Foster
Del Ray, September, 2002.
Paperback, 275 pages.
There are few masters of the art of the short story. Alan Dean Foster is one of them. This collection includes a variety of short stories from Foster, creator of the Commonwealth series, the Pip and Flinx series, and author of the bestselling Star Wars bridge books, Splinter of the Mind's Eye and The Approaching Storm. This collection, which features exotic locales, leans towards the macabre, starting with a delightfully creepy story called "Lay Your Head on My Pilose." "Empowered" is a hilariously cynical look at what might happen to a real Superhero in today's litigious society, and "The Question", in which a valiant explorer determines to see what lies outside his comfortable existence, gives one a wonderful sense of perspective. The collection ends with "Sideshow," a marvelous little Pip and Flinx adventure. Each story begins with a short, fascinating commentary from the author. Anyone who enjoys the short story form, or who thinks he has a future writing short stories should definitely own a copy of Impossible Places.
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This review was published in the February, 2003 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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