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An Agent of Utopia

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“Andy Duncan is one of the very best short story writers in Science Fiction, Fantasy, or anywhere else. It’s a sure bet that you’re holding in your hand the best story collection of the year.” ―Jeffrey Ford, author of A Natural History of Hell

“Duncan’s unique voice shines through in his third collection. You’ve not read him yet? Shame on you! Go out now and buy An Agent of
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Small Beer Press
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Jeff
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it
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I got this thru LibraryThing's ER program for an honest review. Honestly, this collection of sci-fi and near sci-fi stories, was a bit of a miss for me. I ended up putting it down about 3/4 of the way thru. Perhaps it was just the mood I was in at the time. There were a couple stories that were exceptional that made the read worthwhile, perhaps I'll go back eventually and pick up the rest. My favorites were; "An Agent of Utopia" - a assassin from Utopia, "The Map to the Homes of the Stars" - li ...more
Galen Strickland
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review at templetongate.net/agent-of-utopia

Duncan reads like the Southern version of Clifford Simak. Most of the stories are set in the South, with simple characters confronting weird situations. Even when not in first person, they read in the languorous lilt of the Southern drawl. A variation of style would have been nice once in a while, but that's the only negative. Well, that and the frequent use of the N-word. While appropriate for the time and place the stories were set, it's still ja
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Christopher Rose
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book makes me wish I were more familiar with his writings, but it seems likely to me that much of his best work is collected here. Crackerjack storytelling, just very satisfying reading, and nothing here that you could say was a lesser story. The voice is assured, rich with southern flavors, cagey about revealing details. You’ll feel, as I did, like the author is always a step or two ahead of us. I’m grateful to him for having taken such care in the writing, and grateful to Small Beer Press ...more
Bill
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
An entertaining collection of short stories of science fiction and magical realism. The standouts for me were “Real Indians,” a story about Native American construction workers in the 1920s; “Slow As A Bullet,” a story written as a folk tale, about a man who bets that he can outrun a bullet; and “Close Encounters,” about a man coming to terms with an alien encounter decades before.
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Andy Duncan is the award-winning author of two novellas—The Night Cache (2009) and Wakulla Springs (with Ellen Klages, 2013, 2018)—and three short fiction collections: Beluthahatchie and Other Stories (2000), The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories (2012) and An Agent of Utopia: New and Selected Stories (2018). He is also the author of non-fiction book Alabama Curiosities (2005, 2009), and co-edi ...more