A Funeral For The Eyes Of Fire.

By: Bishop, Michael

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Grading: Fine (as new) copy but for just a little edge wear along the rear bottom edge of the cover.


SF novel, the author's first book (text cut for it's 1980 reissue as EYES OF FIRE). ''First printing: February, 1975'' on the copyright page.

''Though his early stories and novels display considerable intellectual complexity, and do not shirk the downbeat implications of their anthropological treatment of Aliens and alienating milieux, there remained a sense in which Bishop could not be treated as one of those writers, like Edward Bryant, whose primary influences could be seen as the US New Wave of the 1960s combined with the liberating influence of the numerous writing workshops of the succeeding decade. But there are costs involved in walking alone. The earnest ardour and rigorousness of Bishop's fiction has made him eminently publishable, but difficult to market to an audience expecting easier heroes to identify with (his fifteen sf/fantasy novels, all but one in hardback, were published by eleven different firms). Bishop's first novel, for instance, A FUNERAL FOR THE EYES OF FIRE (1975; rev vt Eyes of Fire 1980; vt to original title with revisions retained and new introduction 1989), laces its Hard SF premises with diversionary Gothicisms (most of them removed as part of the extensive 1980 revision), initially obscuring the fact that what seems to be a routine plot - on an alien planet, the protagonist must perform wonders or be sent back to a despotic Earth - becomes, almost secretly, a complex and sometimes moving analysis of Alien cultures, and a meditation on the possibility of any genuine understanding across species'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).

Title: A Funeral For The Eyes Of Fire.

Author Name: Bishop, Michael

Categories: Other,

Edition: First edition (& 1st printing).

Publisher: Ballantine Books/Spectra: NY.: 1989.

ISBN Number: 0345243501

ISBN Number 13: 9780345243508

Binding: Paperback original.

Grading: Fine (as new) copy but for just a little edge wear along the rear bottom edge of the cover.

Seller ID: 04612