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PolyphemusFrom sea monsters in outer space Polyphemus to aliens in human bodies The Autopsy these six stories by the author of In Yana the Touch of U. This is my first introduction to Michael Shea although his reputation as a fantasist and sci fihorror writer certainly precedes him and was one of the reasons why I had picked up a copy of this Arkham House editionFirst let me say that not every story in this collection met my liking Actually the one story I am referring to Pearls of the Vampire ueen I guiltily skimmed over so that I could return to the other stories that held my fascination It's not to say that the opening of this story bored me but once I realized that the story was a sword and sorcery type of fantasy tale I already knew that I would prefer to spend my time on the other sci fi and horror tales in this collection And I'm not casting any judgement on the fantasy genre I simply have never developed a palette for this kind of genre and by the time I got to Pearls I had already been enjoying the other stories in the collection and really was not up for a fantasy interlude Maybe I'll come back to this story one day but on to the rest of the stories I think for me the rest of the stories were an outstanding blend of horror and sci fi that demonstrated Shea's versatility in covering a wide range of sociallypolitical themes using a wonderful and highly stylistic proseThe two jewels of this collection are The Autopsy which I think most people have come across in various anthologies and The Extra The Autopsy masterfully combines horror tropes vampiric like feasting with sci fi tropes parasitic pupeteering of a host body by an alien entity to give us a harrowing mystery of one doctor's incredible but fatal discovering at the morgue one eveningThe Extra on the other hand is a traditional sci fi dystopic future kind of satire that incorporates some particularly horrific scenes of callous blood shed I was really blown away by this story particularly by what it attempted to achieve with its not so veiled social commentary of Hollywood entertainment taken to extremes The philosophical musings were cuttingly poignant without being preachy and Shea did a wonderful job with weaving in the satire to a highly compelling and sophisticated tale I would highly encourage any reader who has yet to read Shea to give him a go definitely worth your time

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Ndying display a distinctive talent for the macabre Whether based in sf or fantasy Shea's short fiction is not for the sueamishContentsPoly. I had first heard of Michael Shea from Patton Oswalt championing his work on places like the HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast Shea was an uncommonly good writer capable of stories that were highly kinetic but also very elouent at the same time This is a strong collection with lots of classics with The Autopsy The Extra and the title story being the stand outs

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review È Polyphemus ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ë From sea monsters in outer space Polyphemus to aliens in human bodies The Autopsy these six stories by the author of In Yana the Touch of Undying display a distinctive talent for the macabre Whether based in sf or fantasy Shea's short fiction is not for the sueamishContentsPPhemus 1981The Angel of Death 1979Uncle Tuggs 1986The Pearls of the Vampire ueen 1982The Horror on the #33 1982The Extra 1987The Autopsy 19. I mainly know Michael Shea from his sword sorcery tales but he's one of those authors whose work I want to track down because of it's lack of both deserved acclaim and proper re printings and releases This anthology only contains one of his ss stories from his 'Nifft the Lean' collection and it's a good one Shea doing what he does best filling a world with exuisitely sketched nightmare creatures and ne'er do wellsWhat really stands out to me here is how versatile a writer he is there's some very straightforward science fiction here as well as comedic blue collar horror and a few stories that defy genre classificationThe works on display here also reveal something that I really love about Shea as a writer of imaginary creations he has it all thought out before hand Not just how to get his characters from point A to point B or what lessons he wants them to learn but EVERYTHING down to the anatomical details of his monsters his as clearly painted in his mind as it is in his prose My favorite story here is the last one 'The Autopsy' and this is the one that illustrates Shea's attention to descriptive detail the best as the entire story hinges on us understanding the form and function of an alien being's anatomy Shea succeeds at this marvelously giving us a full color mental image of the suirm inducing procedure