Oxford, futur proche. L´université est définitivement dépoussiérée : historien est devenu un métier à haut risque. Car désormais, pour étudier le passé, il faut le vivre. Littéralement.Michael Davies se prépare pour Pearl Harbor, Merope Ward est aux prises avec une volée d´enfants évacués en 1940, Polly Churchill sera vendeuse en plein coeur du Blitz, et le jeune Colin Templer irait n´importe où, n´importe quand, pour Polly...Ils sont aux premières loges. Une aubaine pour des historiens, sauf quand l´Histoire elle-même se met à dérailler. Et si, finalement, il était possible de changer le passé ?« Ce roman étourdissant nous parle à la fois de souffrance et d´espoir... La plus belle réussite à ce jour de l´un de nos meilleurs écrivains de science-fiction. » The Denver Post« Un tour de force. » The New York Times Book Review
« Un livre instructif, subtil, doté de personnages splendides et d´une intrigue remarquable... Willis au sommet de son art. » Michael Moorcock 2060, le point de départ des voyages dans le temps. Des divergences avec les archives historiques semblent indiquer que quelqu´un a modifié le passé et changé l´issue de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. La théorie selon laquelle on peut observer le passé sans jamais l´altérer paraît tout à coup sur le point de s´écrouler. À Oxford, le directeur de thèses des historiens, M. Dunworthy, le jeune Colin Templer et son amie Polly livrent un combat acharné contre le temps...
Propulsé en 1940 à Londres par le professeur Dunworthy sans la moindre préparation, John Bartholomew intègre la brigade des veilleurs du feu, ces héros qui ont sauvé la cathédrale Saint-Paul des bombes allemandes... À cette époque, de nombreux Londoniens se réfugiaient dans le métro, dont plusieurs stations portent aujourd'hui encore de bien curieux stigmates... Et tandis que d'autres vont chercher la mort beaucoup plus loin, sur les rives antiques du Nil, certains accueillent en eux la présence des dieux à têtes d'animaux pour en faire un commerce fort lucratif... Voici quelques-uns des thèmes abordés dans ces neuf nouvelles et courts récits primés - parmi lesquels « Les veilleurs du feu », préquelle au roman Black-Out et au cycle temporel -, qui donnent à voir un aperçu complet des talents de conteuse de Connie Willis.
Dans un futur pas si lointain, une intervention chirurgicale a été mise au point pour améliorer l'empathie dans le couple. Tous les amoureux en rêvent. Briddey Flannigan se réjouit quand Trent, son petit ami, lui propose cette opération avant leurs fiançailles : leur lien émotionnel s'en trouvera renforcé et la communication n'aura plus de secrets pour eux. Mais les choses ne se déroulent pas tout à fait comme prévu : bien malgré elle, Briddey se retrouve connectée à quelqu'un d'autre.
C'est plus qu'elle n'en peut supporter, surtout avec le stress déjà engendré par une famille obsédée par la communication, de jour comme de nuit. Mais ce n'est qu'un début. Alors que la situation empire, Briddey commence à prendre conscience des inconvénients d'un excès d'informations. Elle comprend alors que l'amour - et la communication - s'avèrent bien plus complexes qu'elle ne l'imaginait...
« Une critique de notre obsession pour les téléphones portables dans une future Amérique trop proche... Connie Willis y mêle adroitement connaissances scientifiques et personnages hauts en couleur. On obtient une histoire délicate et pleine d'humour où l'héroïne rencontre enfin le prince charmant. Willis juxtapose une réflexion salutaire sur l'ambiguïté des portables et sur la menace que les nouvelles technologies font peser sur l'éthique et la sphère émotionnelle. » - Publishers Weekly
« Vous pensez que les smartphones et les réseaux sociaux menacent votre intimité ? Imaginez que vous puissiez entendre les pensées des autres... et qu'on entende les vôtres. En plus de maîtriser habilement les ressorts de la comédie, Connie Willis critique la société moderne et nous propose une métaphore sur les joies et les dangers de la connexion humaine. Sous une autre plume, ce roman aurait pu être une succession de clichés, mais il n'en est rien grâce à l'intrigue prenante et à l'humour vivace de Connie Willis. » - Kirkus Reviews
From Connie Willis, winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards, comes a comedic romp through an unpredictable world of mystery, love, and time travel...Ned Henry is badly in need of a rest. He's been shuttling between the 21st century and the 1940s searching for a Victorian atrocity called the bishop's bird stump. It's part of a project to restore the famed Coventry Cathedral, destroyed in a Nazi air raid over a hundred years earlier. But then Verity Kindle, a fellow time traveler, inadvertently brings back something from the past. Now Ned must jump back to the Victorian era to help Verity put things rightnot only to save the project but to prevent altering history itself. From the Paperback edition.
For Kivrin, preparing an onsite study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the twentyfirst century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received.But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrin barely of age herself finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history's darkest hours.Five years in the writing by one of science fiction's most honored authors, Doomsday Book is a storytelling triumph. Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering and the indomitable will of the human spirit.From the Paperback edition.
Winner of six Nebula and two Hugo awards for her fiction, Connie Willis is acclaimed for her gifted imagination and bold invention. Here are eleven of her finest stories, surprising tales in which the impossible becomes real, the real becomes impossible, and strangeness lurks at every turn.
The end of the world comes not with a bang but a series of whimpers over many years in "The Last of the Winnebagos." The terror of pain and dying gives birth to a startling truth about the nature of the stars, a principle known as the "Schwarzschild Radius." In "Spice Pogrom," an outrageous colony in outer space becomes the setting for a screwball comedy of bizarre complications, mistaken identities, far-too-friendly aliens--and even true love.
From the Paperback edition.
When a time-travel lab suddenly cancels assignments for no apparent reason and switches around everyone's schedules, time-traveling historians Michael, Merope, and Polly find themselves in World War II, facing air raids, blackouts, unexploded bombs, dive-bombing Stukas, rationing, shrapnel, V-1s, and two of the most incorrigible children in all of history--to say nothing of a growing feeling that not only their assignments but the war and history itself are spiraling out of control.
Winner of more Hugo and Nebula Awards than any other science fiction author, Connie Willis is one of the most powerfully imaginative writers of our time. In Remake, she explores the timeless themes of emotion and technology, reality and illusion, and the bittersweet place where they intersect to make art.
Remake It's the Hollywood of the future, where moviemaking's been computerized and live-action films are a thing of the past. It's a Hollywood where Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe are starring together in A Star Is Born, and if you don't like the ending, you can change it with the stroke of a key.
A Hollywood of warmbodies and sim-sex, of drugs and special effects, where anything is possible. Except for what one starry-eyed young woman wants to do: dance in the movies. It's an impossible dream, but Alis is not willing to give up. With a little magic and a lot of luck, she just might get her happy ending after all.
From the Paperback edition.
Winner of six Nebula and five Hugo awards, Connie Willis is one of the most acclaimed and imaginative authors of our time.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Her startling and powerful works have redefined the boundaries of contemporary science fiction.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Here in one volume are twelve of her greatest stories, including double awardwinner "Fire Watch," set in the universe of Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog, in which a timetraveling student learns one of history's hardest lessons.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;In "A Letter from the Clearys," a routine message from distant friends shatters the fragile world of a beleaguered family.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;In "The Sidon in the Mirror," a mutant with the unconscious urge to become other people finds himself becoming both killer and victim.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Disturbing, revealing, and provocative, this remarkable collection of short fiction brings together some of the best work of an incomparable writer whose ability to amaze, confound, and enlighten never fails.From the Paperback edition.
The winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards, Connie Willis capture the timeless essence of generosity and goodwill in this magical collection if Christmas stories.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;These eight talestwo of which have never before been publishedboldly reimagine the stories of Christmas while celebrating the power of love and compassion.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;This enchanting treasury includes:"Miracle," in which a young woman's carefully devised plans to find romance go awry when her guardian angel shows her the true meaning of love"In Coppelius's Toyshop," where a jaded narcissist finds himself trapped in a crowded toy store at Christmastime"Epiphany," in which three modernday wisemen embark on a quest unlike any they've ever experienced"Inn," where a choir singer gives shelter to a homeless man and his pregnant wifeonly to learn later that there's much more to the couple than meets the eyeAnd moreFrom the Paperback edition.
One of those rare, unforgettable novels that are as chilling as they are insightful, as thoughtprovoking as they are terrifying, awardwinning author Connie Willis's Passage is an astonishing blend of relentless suspense and cuttingedge science unlike anything you've ever read before. It is the electrifying story of a psychologist who has devoted her life to tracking death. But when she volunteers for a research project that simulates the neardeath experience, she will either solve life's greatest mystery or fall victim to its greatest terror. At Mercy General Hospital, Dr. Joanna Lander will soon be paged not to save a life, but to interview a patient just back from the dead. A psychologist specializing in neardeath experiences, Joanna has spent two years recording the experiences of those who have been declared clinically dead and lived to tell about it. It's research on the fringes of ordinary science, but Joanna is about to get a boost from an unexpected quarter. A new doctor has arrived at Mercy General, one with the power to give Joanna the chance to get as close to death as anyone can.A brilliant young neurologist, Dr. Richard Wright has come up with a way to manufacture the neardeath experience using a psychoactive drug. Dr. Wright is convinced that the NDE is a survival mechanism and that if only doctors understood how it worked, they could someday delay the dying process, or maybe even reverse it. He can use the expertise ofa psychologist of Joanna Lander's standing to lend credibility to his study. But he soon needs Joanna for more than just her reputation. When his key volunteer suddenly drops out of the study, Joanna finds herself offering to become Richard's next subject. After all, who better than she, a trained psychologist, to document the experience? Her first NDE is as fascinating as she imagined it would be so astounding that she knows she must go back, if only to find out why this place is so hauntingly familiar. But each time Joanna goes under, her sense of dread begins to grow, because part of her already knows why the experience is so familiar, and why she has every reason to be afraid....And just when you think you know where she is going, Willis throws in the biggest surprise of all a shattering scenario that will keep you feverishly reading until the final climactic page is turned.From the Hardcover edition.
Planetary surveyors Fin and Carson battle hostile terrain, bureaucratic red tape, and renegade "planet crashers" in this latest novella by the talented author of Doomsday Book. Willis continues to demonstrate her endless versatility in this archly written satire, which is both a love story and a shameless expose of the dark side of political correctness.
Science fiction icon Connie Willis brilliantly mixes a speculative plot, the wit of Nora Ephron, and the comedic flair of P. G. Wodehouse in Crosstalk--a genre-bending novel that pushes social media, smartphone technology, and twenty-four-hour availability to hilarious and chilling extremes as one young woman abruptly finds herself with way more connectivity than she ever desired. In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal--to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don’t quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely--in a way far beyond what she signed up for. It is almost more than she can handle--especially when the stress of managing her all-too-eager-to-communicate-at-all-times family is already burdening her brain. But that’s only the beginning. As things go from bad to worse, she begins to see the dark side of too much information, and to realize that love--and communication--are far more complicated than she ever imagined. Praise for Crosstalk “A rollicking send-up of obsessive cell phone usage in too-near-future America . . . [Connie] Willis’s canny incorporation of scientific lore, and a riotous cast . . . make for an engaging girl-finally-finds-right-boy story that’s unveiled with tact and humor. Willis juxtaposes glimpses of claimed historical telepaths with important reflections about the ubiquity of cell phones and the menace that unscrupulous developers of technology pose to privacy, morality, and emotional stability.”--Publishers Weekly “Think smart phones and social media are threatening privacy? Imagine if you could hear everyone’s thoughts--and they could hear yours. [Willis is] a master of door-slapping, hide-behind-the-furniture farce . . . but mostly it’s a critique of modern society and an unsurprising metaphor for the perils and joys of human connection. In other hands this novel could have been mere cliché, but Willis’ exuberant humor and warmhearted, fast-paced plotting transform it.”--Kirkus Reviews Praise for Connie Willis “A novelist who can plot like Agatha Christie and whose books possess a bounce and stylishness that Preston Sturges might envy.”--The Washington Post “If anyone can be named ‘best science fiction writer of the age,’ it’s Connie Willis.”--Analog “One of America’s finest writers . . . Willis can tell a story so packed with thrills, comedy, drama and a bit of red herring that the result is apt to satisfy the most discriminating, and hungry, reader.”--The Denver Post “Willis can tell a story like no other. . . . One of her specialties is sparkling, rapid-fire dialogue; another, suspenseful plotting; and yet another, dramatic scenes so fierce that they burn like after-images in the reader’s memory.”--The Village Voice “The Best of Connie Willis? Isn’t that like sorting through diamonds?”--Lytherus From the Hardcover edition.