Blue Kansas Sky spans the past and future with a collection of the author’s four short novels, including a coming-of-age tale set in Kansas in the late 1950s, an apartheid story from 1980s South Africa, and a twenty-first century spaceship adventure.
This collection assembles in one volume five works by Kate Wilhelm, masterful fantasist and one of science fiction’s premier storytellers: In ‘Children of the Wind’, identical twins J-1 and J-2 play subtle games with their parents’ lives. Are the boys just precocious, or are they far more strange – and powerful? ‘The Gorgon Field’ finds Charlie and Constance caught in a mystery of mystical proportions in the Arizona desert. ‘A Brother to Dragons, a Companion of Owls’ depicts a future in which survival may not be merely enough – it may be too much, whilst ‘The Blue Ladies’ studies a disabled woman’s abilities to share his vision. ‘The Girl Who Fell Into the Sky’, winner of the Nebula Award for best novelette, weaves a dreamy tale of love, death and an old piano amid the Kansas plains. These five tales present luminous, absorbing visions of the world as it could be and as it is.