Deathbird Stories

By Harlan Ellison

A masterwork of fantasy and terror, Deathbird Stories collects nineteen of Harlan Ellison’s most sensible tales written over the process a decade.
 
In it, historic gods fade as glossy society creates new deities to worship—gods of know-how, medicines, playing. innovative whilst first released, the quick tales contained the following have received a number of honors, together with the celebrated Hugo and British technological know-how Fiction Awards. “The Deathbird,” “Basilisk,” and “Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes” have been all nominated for the Nebula Award. they've got encouraged a iteration of readers and different authors to reexamine blind religion and struggle opposed to crumbling associations. Stark and infrequently indignant, this assortment strips away conference and hypocrisy and lays naked the human . finally, the gods we invent comprise all an excessive amount of in their inventors. 
 

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