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Unaccompanied Sonata

(1980)
And Other Stories
A collection of stories by

 
 
"Far beyond the usual fare of science fiction" is how Ben Bova, Executive Editor of OMNI, describes Orson Scott Card's work - and these eleven stories richly bear out that opinion. The title story, a Hugo and Nebula nominee, says as much as can be said about the nature of creativity, the artistic impulse, and pure human stubbornness; "The Porcelain Salamander: is a brilliant and moving fable that will be read and reread; and "Kingsmeat" touches on a truly original horror in the tale of a necessary treason and its consequences. Orson Scott Card demonstrates the dazzling range of his versatility in this collection, from the harsh depiction of merciless training for interplanetary warfare in "Ender's Game" to the tenderly elegiac mood of "Mortal Gods" and the bitter inventiveness of "The Monkeys Thought 'Twas All in Fun" - a "hard science" story that is at the same time more bizarre than the farthest-out fantasy. No story is any preparation for the next: the sardonic view of jingoism in "I Put My Blue Genes On" seems worlds apart from the uncompromising eerie look at the ultimate punishment presented by "Eumenides in the Fourth Floor Lavatory"; and only the sheer outstanding quality of imagination and writing connects the treatment of the supernatural in "Deep Breathing Exercises" and "Quietus." Most short stories, especially in what are called "category fiction," are destined to be enjoyed - if possible - and forgotten. Orson Scott Card's tales will invade and enrich the reader's memory like the work of few other writers.

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Hardback Editions

1992 : USA Leather Bound

Title: Unaccompanied Sonata
Author(s): Orson Scott Card
ISBN: 1-56146-929-7 / 978-1-56146-929-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pulphouse
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1983 : UK Hardback
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Title: Unaccompanied sonata: & other stories
Author(s): Orson Scott Card
ISBN: 0-356-09198-8 / 978-0-356-09198-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macdonald
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1980 : USA Hardback
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Title: Unaccompanied Sonata & Other Stories
Author(s): Orson Scott Card
ISBN: 0-8037-9175-5 / 978-0-8037-9175-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dial Press
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Paperback Editions

June 1992 : USA Paperback
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Title: Unaccompanied Sonata
Author(s): Orson Scott Card
ISBN: 1-56146-549-6 / 978-1-56146-549-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pulphouse Pub
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March 1983 : UK Paperback
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Title: Unaccompanied Sonata and Other Stories
Author(s): Orson Scott Card
ISBN: 0-7088-8098-3 / 978-0-7088-8098-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Futura Publications
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January 1981 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Unaccompanied Sonata
Author(s): Orson Scott Card
ISBN: 0-440-19235-8 / 978-0-440-19235-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell Pub. Co
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Kindle Editions

December 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Unaccompanied Sonata and Other Stories
Author(s): Orson Scott Card
Publisher: Orbit
Availability: Amazon UK