Paradise Tales wins the Sunburst Award

Thu 6 Dec 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 2 Comments | Posted by: Gavin

Paradise Tales cover - click to view full sizeLovely sunny news from Canada: Geoff Ryman’s short story collection Paradise Tales has won the Sunburst Award. The winner of the 2012 YA award is All Good Children by Catherine Austen (Orca).

It is hard to believe—as he has written so many great books—but Paradise Tales is Geoff’s first short story collection. The sixteen stories include three set in Cambodia and a couple on Mars, some are contemporary and some are set in the far future. The wide-ranging nature of the collection reflects Ryman’s diverse interests in the world of today and tomorrow and how we humans will (or won’t deal with it). One of the things I wish more reviewers would point out is how funny some of Geoff’s stories are. His story “V.A.O.” (in which a retiree has to work who in his nursing home might be carrying out a string of robberies) is dark and satirical but it’s also hilarious in parts.

The most recent review I’ve seen of the book was by J. J. S. Boyce on AESciFi—the CanadianScience Fiction Review—which ended with a line I fully agree with:  “Short-form speculative fiction doesn’t get much better than this.”


2 Responses to “Paradise Tales wins the Sunburst Award”

  1. Kevin J. Maroney on December 6th, 2012 2:06 pm

    Congratulations both to Geoff and to Small Beer!

    A nitpik: Ryman’s first short story collection, Unconquered Countries, came out in 1994. It’s billed as a collection of “four novellas”, but really, 2 of the pieces there are definitely not novella length.

    (Arguably, 253 is closer to a short story collection than to a novel, but it’s an odd case, and all the stories in it were original to that project.)

  2. Gavin on December 6th, 2012 2:49 pm

    Hi Kevin, nitpickers unite! I know, I know, about Unconquered Countries—there’s a copy on my desk waiting to be turned into a new edition if I can get all those images scanned and placed correctly! I do think the two books are quite different beasts and that Paradise Tales is naturally a broader, more illustrative book. But, you know, they’re both Ryman, so they’re both great.

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