* Philip okay. Dick Award finalist
* Locus suggested Reading
Here are 33 bizarre, exceptional tales bearing on males, girls, teleportation, wind-up cats, and brown paper luggage. by way of turns whimsical and unsettling—frequently dealing with to be both—these brief fictions describe relations relationships, undesirable breakups, and shuttle to outer space.
Vukcevich's crazy, fun-house replicate tackle lifestyle belongs to an analogous absurdist college of labor as that of George Saunders, David Sedaris, Ken Kalfus, and Victor Pelevin, even supposing there is not any one particularly like him. try out the sort of tales, it will not take you lengthy, however it will flip your head inside of out.
"What different author can make you begin giggling midway down the 1st web page of a narrative a couple of guy placing on a sweater? Thurber probably, decades in the past. purchase this book."
"These tales can't be in comparison to an individual else's. there is not any one within the related category as Ray Vukcevich. The tales are uniquely, wonderfully, brilliantly unique, a shock in each one, and brimming with wit and laugh-out-loud humor. a beautiful collection."
"The absurd and the profound are seamlessly joined via nice writing. Meet Me within the Moon Room is a primary collection.
"The 33 short tales in Meet Me within the Moon Room defy categorization style. a couple of toy with the conventions of technology fiction; others department off from trails blazed via Donald Barthelme. Moon Room will satisfaction those that liked the hazards Don DeLillo took in Ratner's Star."
"Eccentric brief tales, which often supply way of life a crazy twist."
"Ray Vukcevich is a grasp of the final line. nearly each of his tales has a zinger on the finish, yet now not the type of zinger that chocks the reader or factors annoyance. frequently it is a ideal line of discussion that opens up the entire story.... Vukcevich is inventive with the short-story shape. even though the tales learn as playful vignettes, Vukcevich covertly works in principles of self, id, future, and obsession. and infrequently, the hazards of outer space."
—Review of up to date Fiction
"Vukcevich is a grasp of radical recombinations, drawing from (amongst others) the Brothers Grimm, Dickens, Lewis Carroll, Kafka, O. Henry, Dali, Asimov, pulpish house opera, and the most recent in nanotech to supply works which are all his personal. occasionally in as low as 4 or 5 pages, he deftly juggles such a lot of principles, feelings, and views, it produces a apparently clean experience of vertigo—a excessive with out hangover to follow.... it is going to be...a nice mistake to disregard the extreme expertise of Ray Vukcevich."
"Vukcevich is a really slick author, an genuine sprinter in an period of milers and all-out stayers.... Vukcevich can do punchlines, yet he doesn't depend on them. certainly, his terribly mild contact by way of narrative closure is his such a lot virtue. someone who considers extraordinary surrealism and informal absurdity—the major stocks-in-trade of the wonderful ultrashort tale writer—easy clay to mildew into narrative shape has no longer given critical attention to the problem of finishing."
—New York evaluate of technology Fiction
"These tales niftily propel their characters down the blurred line among fable and psychosis, with results spanning the gamut from depression to goofy, from plaintive to outraged.... this is often Vukcevich's gloriously mad international, and we're fortunate to percentage it."
"The similar antic spirit that imbued Vukcevich's secret novel The guy of perhaps Half-a-Dozen Faces strikes playfully via this primary number of significant fiction, whose 33 helium-filled tales in achieving simply the suitable absurdist existence to flee the gravity in their subject matters. "By the Time We Get to Uranus" deals a in particular affecting tackle terminal disorder: the develop buoyant spacesuits that strength them to depart family in the back of. The mysteries of parenthood happen amusingly in "Poop," a few couple who become aware of that their newborn's diaper fills variously with birds, mice, and symphonic tune. although deceptively basic of their pared-down type, the vignettes express meticulous care within the crafting of oddball metaphors to specific the moods in their estranged spouses, exasperated fanatics, aggressive teenagers, and disgruntled staff. The willingness with which the author's characters settle for the incongruity in their events frequently yields profoundly relocating insights into the human situation. within the poignant name story, for instance, a guy doesn't locate it in any respect unusual lover from many years prior has summoned him to a simulated moon panorama at a subject park, reflecting that the that means of lifestyles fairly is "nothing greater than a number of humans huddling shut for convenience in a chilly universe." artistic and interesting, those tales yield extra emotional fact than even more relatively practical fiction.
Forecast: With blurbs from Damon Knight, Kate Wilhelm and Jeffrey Ford, this assortment is a top quality merchandise that are supposed to take advantage of stable observe of mouth."
"A guy pulls the sweater his female friend made him over his head and approximately will get misplaced inside of it. Rescued from the arctic ice, the death Victor (Frankenstein) tells a narrative that leaves no doubt that the monster is James Joyce or Stephen Dedalus or Finn (again). Tim saves the area from a comet via having his relatives positioned paper luggage over their heads. What? What?! What?!! settle down. this is often simply the realm in keeping with Ray Vukcevich, sf-ish sufficient to get him into The journal of fable & technological know-how Fiction and Asimov's, but additionally equivalent to the glorious milieus of Gogol, Kafka, and Looney Toons. even if you cotton to it depends upon the way you believe approximately cartoons made up of phrases and prisons made from good judgment: are you petrified of amused? truly, both response works for appreciating Vukcevich's outlandish virtuosity. Sf lovers with lengthy stories will be aware Vukcevich's deadpan supply and jokey-creepy air of mystery, remember the wonder-workings of Fredric Brown (see From those Ashes [BKL Ap 15 01] and smile."
"Ray Vukcevich will be as respected as Donald Barthelme or Salvador Dali within the pantheon of recent surrealists. Unjustly disadvantaged of such honors, he may still no less than be allowed a number of weeks in a time-share holiday residence with Don Webb, Rick DeMarinis, Mark Leyner and James Blaylock, literary friends whose absurdist tackle lifestyles Vukcevich stocks. Did I point out that the house may occupy an deserted ICBM silo, as in Ray's creepily twisted ghost tale, "Pretending"? or even the posh seashore apartment may perch on a number of sq. inches of the scalp of the barbershop buyer who boasts a monkey-filled jungle in his hair, in "The Barber's Theme". The writers' relaxathon may also happen within the outer reaches of our sun procedure, as soon as the fortunate tourists develop their natural spacesuits, as common parents do in "By the Time We Get to Uranus." Or as a final selection, the writers may perhaps congregate within the mysterious street median of "Fancy Pants", the place metamorphoses that might baffle Ovid occur.
Wherever the greats carry their seashore Blanket Oulipo, Vukcevich will potentially be the lifetime of the occasion. Alternately depression and boisterous, plaintive and assertive, delicate and outrageous, severe and goofy, Vukcevich's tales painting a universe not just stranger than the typical individual imagines, yet stranger than she or he can think! it is an unusual, even frightening mind and imaginative and prescient and ability that could make us think in knowledge out of a baby's butt ("Poop") o