Synopses & Reviews
Edited by award-winning writer Michael Bishop, A Cross of Centuries
is a collection about the Biblical Jesus and figures so oddly Christ-like that they challenge our most heartfelt notions of the archetypal God-Man.
Talents as diverse and remarkable as Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Gene Wolfe, Oscar Wilde and Mike Resnick, Ernest Hemingway and Karen Joy Fowler, Jorge Luis Borges and Romulus Linney, Isaac Babel and George Zebrowski, all weigh in with speculations as gripping as their own distinctive prose. Here are classic science-fiction tales such as Ray Bradbury's "The Man"; imaginative literary reflections on Jesus' ethics, as in Reynolds Price's "A Desolate Woman"; horrific misinterpretations of scripture, as in Borges's "The Gospel According to Mark"; and gentle wish-fulfillment fantasies, as in Dozois and Dann's "Slow Dancing with Jesus." Readers will also find four original stories, a funny novelette by mainstream newcomer John M. Williams, and surprises by Gregory Frost, Jack Slay Jr., Walter Wangerin Jr., Bud Webster, and World Fantasy Award-winner Jeffrey Ford.
The reader encounters each individual Christ as humanity has for centuries experienced Him as jokester or master, metaphor or role model, speaking Spirit or incarnate Son of God.
A collection of stories about the Biblical Jesus and others by the writers, Dostoyevsky, Bradbury, and Hemingway.
About the Author
Michael Bishop, editor of the Locus Award-winning anthology Light Years and Dark, coeditor with Ian Watson of the anthology Changes, and editor of three consecutive volumes of the annual Nebula Award Stories, has himself won two Nebula Awards, a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, a Locus Award for best fantasy novel, and a Southeastern Science Fiction Award for best short fiction. He lives in Pine Mountain, GA.