Galactic Dreams

Harry Harrison, Author Tor Books $19.95 (222p) ISBN 978-0-312-85246-7
Few commercial writers are more deserving of their popularity than Harrison ( The Hammer and the Cross ), a fine writer who occasionally reaches brilliant heights. His latest collection boasts moments that rank high, but the overall level is middling. The colloquial ``histories'' of ``Famous First Words'' are never less than quaint and at times hilarious, while ``At last, the True Story of Frankenstein'' stands above most of the myriad variations on Mary Shelley's original. Even in the several pieces (such as ``The Pad'') that seem to have outlived their day, Harrison's wit is an adequate recommendation. But several tales (``If''; ``Mute Million'') rely too heavily on their trick-of-the-tail endings, and the lone new story (``Bill, the Galactic Hero's Happy Holidays'') is one of the least worthy entries. Diverting if not impressive, this collection is still a pleasant read. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 05/01/2000
Release date: 05/01/2000
Genre: Fiction
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-8125-5058-0
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