Reviews -- The Heat Death of the Universe and Other Stories

"Nuclear war, obesity, failed marriages, kidnapped children -- threats of destruction haunt Ms. Zoline's imagination. She attacks those fears in fiction that revitalizes the labels 'post-modern' and 'feminist,' by lacing her work with a healthy dose of fantasy that links her to Angela Carter, her nearest literary sibling. ...these stories [are] richer and more astute than the bulkier work of most of [Zoline's] contemporaries."
-- New York Times Book Review
"SF readers were delighted by the 1967 publication of 'The Heat Death of the Universe' in the British magazine New Worlds, but Zoline's appeal extends beyond that genre.... This overdue collection is to be savored while awaiting Zoline's first novel, also long anticipated"
-- Publishers Weekly
"Weird, challenging, distinctive, jolting: a polymathic product of fine writing, mordant commentary, and subtle thinking."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"Very strange and very enjoyable."
-- Booklist
"Her stories are vastly different, yet imagery and detailed approach tie them together as if with colored threads."
-- Library Journal
"...her first collection is raking in the kind of praise that can turn new writers into overnight stars. ...[Zoline is] one of those rare people who writes not for sales or fame but for particular people, using fiction to explore ideas and images she wants to share with her friends.... It's a voice that manages -- through deft juxtapositions of facts, narratives and ironic speculations -- to carry on the kind of witty, ever-probing dialogue that can make any reader feel like he or she might just be the friend Zoline was originally writing for.... [The] work of a seasoned writer who makes us see the world in a brand new way."
-- The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Zoline's wit and the grace of her style offer considerable pleasures."
-- Washington Post Book World
"In Zoline's work, hopes of happy endings can never quite surmount the reality principle. Endings in general, those soothing illusions that give coherence and meaning to events, are assigned the same status as the Romantic fallacy: a pathetic projection of human imagination onto alien constructs. Instead, Zoline's stories are self-consciously fragmented. She pieces shards together seemingly at random, but under her vividly succinct touch a series of pictures, or tableaux vivants, emerges."
-- The Village Voice

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