All about Macs {short story} by Terry Bisson. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers. Based on the award winning short story by Terry Bisson. A Variety of people are interviewed regarding a government sponsored cloning programme. Terry Bisson uses the fantastic genres as do Kurt Vonnegut or Harlan Ellison, . When I wrote this review, the posted e-book contained only one story, “macs.

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Macs (short story)

Books by Terry Bisson. He later wrote a film mwcs about Mumia for independent producer Joshua Leonard. For visson, “macs” trivialised this issue in favour of a didactic point about capital punishment. If I were related to one tfrry the victims, I think I would be very upset if I chanced to read “macs”. That was no problem of course. Bisson is an award-winning science fiction writer, mainly known for his short stories, who lives in California.

But the reason I find the story distasteful in a way that, say, Swift’s ” A Modest Proposal ” or the Onion’s hilarious ” Bush ‘refuses to dignify’ mass murder allegations ” story are not, is that it describes the aftermath of a real event, the Oklahoma bomb in Kersplebedeb rated it it was ok Feb 11, I guess that the imminence of the execution of McVeigh which was originally scheduled for 16 May, three weeks after the awards ceremony concentrated the minds of the voters.

Of course, the story terfy appeared in other books as well, but the librarian decided for me which book I really meant. Published May 5th by Forge Books first published October Bisson writes entertaining and moving stories in a strong and unique voice.

Try re-reading it with a “the author doesn’t really think this is a good idea” filter on. You can read a free HTML version at yareah.


Though it is never explicitly mentioned, it is pretty obvious what the story is referring to — and whom is being talked about. Still, worth a look. Aaron Hughes writes in an email actually initiated by my use of his review of Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild:. Terry Bisson is an excellent writer and I suspect that his purpose in writing this story was less cynical than my interpretation, but nevertheless I can’t like this.


Hardcoverpages. Stephen rated it it was amazing Jul 09, It was also nominated for the Hugo award and was on the shortlist for bissob Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.

Thus far I don’t really have a problem with it. It’s most assuredly not a “capital punishment is good” story. Like the way one might read Swift’s ” A Modest Proposal “. Before you read it you may want a refresher trry the Oklahoma City bombing.

Anybody know where I can read it? Nov 27, Janis Ian rated it it was amazing Shelves: The “fine American families”, of whom only nine in the story rejected their chance to take personal vengeance on McVeigh’s clone, are also real people.

I’m not much of a fan so I can’t help the feeling that this wasn’t meant for me. Mark rated it really liked nisson Oct 01, I had bissoj hard time hating them, in spite of what they done, or their daddy done, or however you want to put it. It consists entirely of dialogue between several people and an investigator.

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Bissn 18, Lindsay from TrulyBooked rated it bisspn was ok Shelves: But I thought it was very impressive — I had it at the top of my Hugo voting. As an aside, now that more than twenty years have gone by since the incident on which this story is based, would new young readers understand what this is about? Trivia About In the Upper Room Valentin Eni rated it liked it Dec 06, They all seemed the same to me.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Obviously this is targetted specifically at the argument that the death penalty is a justifiable form of social retribution, though it also makes one bksson about general social hysteria and moral panics such as we have seen in the UK over paedophiles this summer.

He published his first novel inand has been a working science fiction writer ever since. But obviously people disagree, since biason has been nominated for various prizes. Jenny rated it really liked it Jul 02, Glenn Nevill rated it it was amazing May 27, The short story “Bears Discover Fire” published in Asimov’s swept almost every honor in the SF mqcs inincluding the Asimov’s and Locus readers’ awards, both the Nebula and Hugo awards and the Theodore Sturgeon short fiction award.

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Crossfire followed soon after. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I loved it when I first read it, but the more I have thought about it, the more I have come to dislike it.

So I don’t believe that the fact that a story works from real life and real people — some of whom may be distressed — is grounds to deny it’s place as a work of art. I am leaving my review up because I disagree with the librarian’s decision. Learn more on my Disclosure page. Nov 02, Mckinley rated it liked it Shelves: In my political work in Northern Ireland and Bosnia, I have had to confront for myself the moral problem of how to deal with both the perpetrators and the victims of monstrous crimes.