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Slow Birds

(1985)
And Other Stories
A collection of stories by

 
 
Publisher's Weekly
A new collection of Watson's dense, intelligent and evocative stories is always a challenging and pleasurable experience. As with his novels, each tale examines the moment when the character's world suddenly and inexplicably changes, opening up a previously unknown universe that reveals in retrospect the limits of the everyday. An English couple's cozy accommodation with postcolonial Africa is shaken by their encounter with an old animistic magic. A cartographer engrossed in computer packaged maps finds all his work stymied by the return of the blank, unknown places. And in the best selection, the title story, Watson comments on the madness of nuclear proliferation with a Magritte-like metaphor of exploding birds in a bucolic landscape that is at once precise, bizarre and unforgettable.

AudioFile - Melody Moxley
This intriguing story about a planet being destroyed by missiles from another dimension offers an interesting view of social adaptation. Jim Bond captures the spirits of the characters, both as young and, later, old men, with a slight Scottish brogue for the dialogue. M.A.M. cAudioFile, Portland, Maine


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Hardback Editions

October 1985 : UK Hardback
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Title: Slow Birds
Author(s): Ian Watson
ISBN: 0-575-03675-3 / 978-0-575-03675-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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Paperback Editions

July 1987 : UK Paperback
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Title: Slow Birds
Author(s): Ian Watson
ISBN: 0-586-07143-1 / 978-0-586-07143-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Grafton
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Audio Editions

September 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Slow Birds
Author(s): Ian Watson
Publisher: Infinivox
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September 2007 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Slow Birds
Author(s): Ian Watson
Publisher: Infinivox
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September 2007 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Slow Birds
Author(s): Ian Watson
Publisher: Infinivox
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June 2004 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Slow Birds (Great Science Fiction Stories)
Author(s): Ian Watson
ISBN: 1-884612-34-2 / 978-1-884612-34-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: AudioText
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January 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Slow Birds
Author(s): Ian Watson
ISBN: 1-884612-10-5 / 978-1-884612-10-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penton Overseas Inc
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Kindle Editions

September 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Slow Birds: And Other Stories
Author(s): Ian Watson
Publisher: Gateway
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