By Ray Vukcevich
* Philip okay. Dick Award finalist
* Locus urged Reading
Here are 33 bizarre, outstanding tales bearing on males, ladies, teleportation, wind-up cats, and brown paper baggage. via turns whimsical and unsettling—frequently handling to be both—these brief fictions describe relations relationships, undesirable breakups, and shuttle to outer space.
Vukcevich's crazy, fun-house reflect tackle lifestyle belongs to an analogous absurdist college of labor as that of George Saunders, David Sedaris, Ken Kalfus, and Victor Pelevin, even if there is not any one rather like him. test this kind of tales, it will not take you lengthy, however it will flip your head inside of out.
"What different author can make you begin guffawing midway down the 1st web page of a narrative a couple of guy placing on a sweater? Thurber probably, decades in the past. purchase this book."
"These tales can't be in comparison to a person else's. there's no one within the similar type as Ray Vukcevich. The tales are uniquely, wonderfully, brilliantly unique, a shock in every one, and brimming with wit and laugh-out-loud humor. a beautiful collection."
"The absurd and the profound are seamlessly joined via wonderful writing. Meet Me within the Moon Room is a major collection.
"The 33 short tales in Meet Me within the Moon Room defy categorization style. a number of toy with the conventions of technology fiction; others department off from trails blazed via Donald Barthelme. Moon Room will satisfaction those that preferred the hazards Don DeLillo took in Ratner's Star."
"Eccentric brief tales, which regularly supply way of life a crazy twist."
"Ray Vukcevich is a grasp of the final line. virtually each one of his tales has a zinger on the finish, yet no longer the type of zinger that chocks the reader or explanations annoyance. frequently it is a excellent line of debate that opens up the total story.... Vukcevich is inventive with the short-story shape. even though the tales learn as playful vignettes, Vukcevich covertly works in rules of self, identification, future, and obsession. and infrequently, the hazards of outer space."
—Review of latest Fiction
"Vukcevich is a grasp of radical recombinations, drawing from (amongst others) the Brothers Grimm, Dickens, Lewis Carroll, Kafka, O. Henry, Dali, Asimov, pulpish house opera, and the most recent in nanotech to provide works which are all his personal. occasionally in as low as 4 or 5 pages, he deftly juggles such a lot of rules, feelings, and views, it produces a interestingly fresh feel of vertigo—a excessive without hangover to follow.... it should be...a nice mistake to disregard the intense expertise of Ray Vukcevich."
"Vukcevich is a really slick author, an actual sprinter in an period of milers and all-out stayers.... Vukcevich can do punchlines, yet he doesn't depend on them. certainly, his terribly gentle contact by way of narrative closure is his so much virtue. somebody who considers weird and wonderful surrealism and informal absurdity—the major stocks-in-trade of the wonderful ultrashort tale writer—easy clay to mould into narrative shape has no longer given severe attention to the problem of finishing."
—New York overview of technology Fiction
"These tales niftily propel their characters down the blurred line among delusion and psychosis, with results spanning the gamut from depression to goofy, from plaintive to outraged.... this can be Vukcevich's gloriously mad international, and we're fortunate to proportion it."
"The comparable antic spirit that imbued Vukcevich's secret novel The guy of possibly Half-a-Dozen Faces strikes playfully via this primary number of outstanding fiction, whose 33 helium-filled tales in achieving simply the precise absurdist lifestyles to flee the gravity in their topics. "By the Time We Get to Uranus" bargains a primarily affecting tackle terminal disorder: the stricken develop buoyant spacesuits that strength them to go away household at the back of. The mysteries of parenthood take place amusingly in "Poop," a couple of couple who realize that their newborn's diaper fills variously with birds, mice, and symphonic track. notwithstanding deceptively basic of their pared-down sort, the vignettes express meticulous care within the crafting of oddball metaphors to precise the moods in their estranged spouses, exasperated fanatics, aggressive kids, and disgruntled staff. The willingness with which the author's characters settle for the incongruity in their occasions usually yields profoundly relocating insights into the human situation. within the poignant identify story, for instance, a guy doesn't locate it in any respect unusual lover from a long time earlier has summoned him to a simulated moon panorama at a subject matter park, reflecting that the which means of lifestyles fairly is "nothing greater than a few humans huddling shut for convenience in a chilly universe." artistic and interesting, those tales yield extra emotional fact than even more relatively practical fiction.
Forecast: With blurbs from Damon Knight, Kate Wilhelm and Jeffrey Ford, this assortment is a high quality merchandise that are supposed to reap the benefits of solid observe of mouth."
"A guy pulls the sweater his female friend made him over his head and approximately will get misplaced inside of it. Rescued from the arctic ice, the death Victor (Frankenstein) tells a narrative that leaves no doubt that the monster is James Joyce or Stephen Dedalus or Finn (again). Tim saves the area from a comet through having his kin placed paper baggage over their heads. What? What?! What?!! cool down. this is often simply the area in accordance with Ray Vukcevich, sf-ish adequate to get him into The journal of fable & technological know-how Fiction and Asimov's, but in addition corresponding to the glorious milieus of Gogol, Kafka, and Looney Toons. no matter if you cotton to it depends upon the way you suppose approximately cartoons made up of phrases and prisons made up of common sense: are you scared of amused? really, both response works for appreciating Vukcevich's outlandish virtuosity. Sf fanatics with lengthy thoughts will notice Vukcevich's deadpan supply and jokey-creepy air of secrecy, remember the wonder-workings of Fredric Brown (see From those Ashes [BKL Ap 15 01] and smile."
"Ray Vukcevich can be as respected as Donald Barthelme or Salvador Dali within the pantheon of recent surrealists. Unjustly disadvantaged of such honors, he should still at the least be allowed a couple of weeks in a time-share holiday apartment with Don Webb, Rick DeMarinis, Mark Leyner and James Blaylock, literary friends whose absurdist tackle lifestyles Vukcevich stocks. Did I point out that the condominium might occupy an deserted ICBM silo, as in Ray's creepily twisted ghost tale, "Pretending"? or even the posh seashore condominium might perch on a number of sq. inches of the scalp of the barbershop buyer who boasts a monkey-filled jungle in his hair, in "The Barber's Theme". The writers' relaxathon may also occur within the outer reaches of our sun procedure, as soon as the fortunate tourists develop their natural spacesuits, as ordinary parents do in "By the Time We Get to Uranus." Or as a final selection, the writers could congregate within the mysterious street median of "Fancy Pants", the place metamorphoses that may baffle Ovid occur.
Wherever the greats carry their seashore Blanket Oulipo, Vukcevich will potentially be the lifetime of the celebration. Alternately depression and boisterous, plaintive and assertive, delicate and outrageous, critical and goofy, Vukcevich's tales painting a universe not just stranger than the typical individual imagines, yet stranger than she or he can think! it really is an unusual, even frightening mind and imaginative and prescient and ability which can make us think in knowledge out of a baby's butt ("Poop") o