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Daisy, in the Sun

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45 pages, Paperback

First published November 1, 1979

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Connie Willis

265 books4,078 followers
Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis is an American science fiction writer. She is one of the most honored science fiction writers of the 1980s and 1990s.

She has won, among other awards, ten Hugo Awards and six Nebula Awards. Willis most recently won a Hugo Award for All Seated on the Ground (August 2008). She was the 2011 recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA).

She lives in Greeley, Colorado with her husband Courtney Willis, a professor of physics at the University of Northern Colorado. She also has one daughter, Cordelia.

Willis is known for her accessible prose and likable characters. She has written several pieces involving time travel by history students and faculty of the future University of Oxford. These pieces include her Hugo Award-winning novels Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog and the short story "Fire Watch," found in the short story collection of the same name.

Willis tends to the comedy of manners style of writing. Her protagonists are typically beset by single-minded people pursuing illogical agendas, such as attempting to organize a bell-ringing session in the middle of a deadly epidemic (Doomsday Book), or frustrating efforts to analyze near-death experiences by putting words in the mouths of interviewees (Passage).

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January 12, 2016
“Daisy, in the Sun” is pure science fiction in terms of all of the conventional elements of the genre. In the tradition of even the earliest years of the genre, “Daisy, in the Sun” has the sense of wonder at a new place, cognitive estrangement as we realize that this new place isn't "normal", a wise “alien” (Ron/Ra) a show of hubris (Daisy's dreams), and the consequences of the cold equations of the universe (the sun goes nova). The wonderful thing is that none of it feels done before!
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July 8, 2014
Such a sad, sad, story, but utterly memorable.
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December 14, 2021
One of those science fiction stories in which I think, "Ah, someone's taken a Creative Writing class." I suppose it helps if the reader is female. While I have learned to empathize with a female protagonist -- Podkayne of Mars, TKAM, etc. -- this was a psychological, interpretive, and scientific stretch.

Fortunately, it was short.
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