All About Emilyby Connie Willis
A novella. Dust jacket and interior illustrations by J. K. Potter.
Theater legend Claire Havilland fears she might be entering the Sunset Boulevard phase of her career. That is, until her manager arranges a media appearance with her biggest fan — a famous artificial intelligence pioneer’s teenage niece. After precocious Emily’s backstage visit, Claire decides she’s in a different classic film altogether. While unnaturally charming Emily swears she harbors no desire for the spotlight, Claire wonders if she hasn’t met her very own Eve Harrington from All About Eve. But the story becomes more complex as dreams of fame give way to concerns about choice, free will, and identity.
With this long, 17,000 word novelette, acclaimed author Connie Willis combines the glamour of old Hollywood and the eternal allure of Broadway to explore the cutting edge robotics of a richly-imagined near future. All About Emily is sure to join “The Last of the Winnebagos,” “Inside Job” and “All Seated on the Ground” as one of multiple-award-winner Willis’ seminal works.
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Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis (born 1945) is an American science fiction writer. Willis is one of the most honored science fiction writers of the 1980s and 1990s: she has won nine Hugo Awards and six Nebula Awards. Photo: Ellen Levy Finch. Source: Wikimedia Commons.