Friday, March 09, 2007

"This is the best story and the worst story anybody ever wrote."

I have just rediscovered one of the most amazing short stories I ever laid eyes on.

I read it years ago, in a little known anthology which was called, I believe, Tales By Moonlight (Volume Two). 99% of the stories in the anthology did little if anything for me, but one of them, "The Manhattan Phone Book (Abridged)" by John Varley, crept into my brain, made a massive impact, and stayed there ever since.

The anthology I once owned is long since lost, so while I have told just about every person I know about this story at one point or another, I haven't been able to show it to them, which is sort of disappointing, because we all know that listening to some hack try to *talk* about how good a story is is nothing compared to the power of the original story itself.

Which is why I am excited beyond words to have discovered the story, in its entirety, online. Right here.

Now, go read it. RIGHT NOW. It's jaw droppingly good, and it isn't terribly long, so it's not like you've got to invest a lot of time into it.



Here's the link again, in case you missed it.


Anonymous said...

you know there is also ebay. $14.99

Todd said...

There's also finding it on the 'Net for free: Priceless.

Well, technically, free, which is the absence of a price, and not really what most people think of when they think "priceless" but if I'd said free, then it wouldn't have meshed with those stupid credit card commercials, right?