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Angry Candy

1988

Ellison hits the mainstream, with a major publisher and a promotion budget -- and an awesome collection of stories, none previously published in an Ellison volume.

Of the many winners here, at least two will be recorded among Ellison's all-time best: "Paladin of the Lost Hour," which the author wrote concurrently with the teleplay for the revival of "The Twilight Zone" TV series; and "Soft Monkey," which proves that Ellison is as savvy about the mean streets of contemporary America as he was after running with the Barons gang for Memos From Purgatory some three decades ago. Yet none of the other 15 tales rates as anything less than superb. Angry Candy exceeds even Shatterday and Strange Wine for consistent excellence. A must read.

Contents

  • Introduction: The Wind Took Your Answer Away
  • Paladin of the Lost Hour
  • Footsteps
  • Escapegoat
  • When Auld's Acquaintance Is Forgot
  • Broken Glass
  • On the Slab
  • Prince Myshkin, and Hold the Relish
  • The Region Between
  • Laugh Track
  • Eidolons
  • Soft Monkey
  • Stuffing
  • With Virgil Oddum at the East Pole
  • Quicktime
  • The Avenger of Death
  • Chained to the Fast Lane in the Red Queen's Race
  • The Function of Dream Sleep

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Houghton Mifflin hardcover 1988
(first edition)

Mariner trade paper 1988

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