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TESSERACTS.

Edited by Phyllis Gotlieb and Douglas Harbour. Victoria (B.C.), PorcÚpic Books. 1987. 304pp. paper. $9.95, ISBN 0-88878-270-5. (Canadian Science Fiction series). CIP

Adult/ Secondary
Reviewed by R.G. Rennie

Volume 16 Number 5
1988 September


Do you want glimpses of the future-sorrow and sadness, total control or madness? These well-known authors write with their own familiar voices and their visions are as varied. Many of these short stories give us a worldwide or universe-wide view of possible futures. Most have a nuclear apocalypse.

Margaret Atwood, with her beautiful spare prose, depicts a future extrapolated from our present medical sex problems. John Park offers, a glimpse of cyborgs remembering their human (and humane) side. Candas Jane Dorsey offers hope of continuity. Stan Rogal extends bleak hope as the bombs go off. Rhea Rose links video games and hologram mind games with runaway adolescents.

These stories offer a classroom teacher starting points for imaginative journeys. Students can be asked to add to the world picture offered by the author and to work out further details of the world and relationships within the structure given by the author.

The book is very well printed and bound. There are notes on each of the authors at the end.


R.G. Rennie, Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute, Winnipeg, Man.
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