Stars: The Anthology

Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian

Edited by Janis Ian and Mike Resnick

Singer-songwriter Janis Ian is a nine-time Grammy nominee and two-time Grammy winner, most recently for Best Spoken Word — Society's Child: My Autobiography. A life-long science fiction fan, she gathered together thirty of her favorite authors to create this book.

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"This dazzling, highly original anthology, ignited by the meeting of songwriter Ian and a host of SF writers affected by her music at the 2001 Worldcon, showcases 30 mostly superior stories, each based on one of her songs. Some contributors take Ian at her word that science fiction is 'the jazz of prose,' responding to many of society's sharpest wounds with bittersweet improvisatory descants, like Terry Bisson in 'Come Dance with Me,' David Gerrold in 'Riding Janis' and Orson Scott Card in 'Inventing Lovers on the Phone,' tales that probe the angst of adolescence… The entire anthology seems to vibrate with the death throes of one world passing away, while far stranger ones struggle to be born. Their commonality, Ian tells us in her introduction, is that 'They have heart. They have life. They have truth.' No artist — nor any reader — could ask for more." ~ Publisher's Weekly

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