In the Time of War & Master of the Road to NowhereCarol Emshwiller
science fiction, collection, short stories
Cover art by Ed Emshwiller. Introduction by Ursula K. Le Guin.
In this double-header collection featuring the very best of Carol Emshwiller – with one half of the book featuring stories set in times of relative peace and the other half in war – the author demonstrates hos, in the words of the Philadelphia Enquirer, she "has never lost her capacity to surprise".
In In the Time of War and Other Stories of Conflict: Soldiers go off to burn the library and the books of the enemy; a general saves a little girl; a woman steals a wounded imprisoned general of the enemy to work in her fields; and a doctor doesn't remember what side he's on but helps the wounded anyway. "Looking back at my anti-war stories," the author says, "I can see that I always want to have a character from one side fall in love with a character of the enemy's side."
In Master of the Road to Nowhere and Other Tales of the Fantastic: Aliens try to take over the world through our dogs; a woman frightened of witches becomes one; a girl finds a god in a cave; a perfectly normal boy is displayed in a cave; half-alien half-human children are hidden and brought up in the mountains; a group of nomads try to live among us, secretly, and keep their old ways; and a woman forgets who she is.
Carol Emshwiller (1921-2019) was an American writer of avant garde short stories and science fiction who has won prizes ranging from the Nebula Award to the Philip K. Dick Award. Ursula K. Le Guin has called her "a major fabulist, a marvelous magical realist, one of the strongest, most complex, most consistently feminist voices in fiction." Among her novels are Carmen Dog and The Mount. She has also written two cowboy novels called Ledoyt and Leaping Man Hill. Her most recent novel, The Secret City, was published in April 2007.