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STEEL AND OTHER STORIES
Genre: Fantasy, Anthology
This short story collection, put together in honor of the film adaptation of Matheson’s novella “Steel,” embodies the author’s best writing. Matheson’s quirky stories of human emotion, strength and morality combine with elements of the supernatural, technology and a dash of twisted humor. From outright bizarre to touching, each tale delivers something different, offering an assortment for any lover of science fiction and fantasy.
In “Steel,” super-strength machines who look human replace people as contenders in boxing matches. Unable to fix his outdated, rusty fighter Battling Maxo, mechanic/former boxing champion “Steel” Kelly re-enters the ring masquerading as a robot. Other standout stories include “To Fit the Crime,” “The Wedding” and “Lemmings.” (TOR, Sep., 320 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed By: Janine Johnston
Published: September 2011