Stalking the Nightmare Book Summary and Study Guide

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This 1982 collection is not one of Ellison's strongest. It came during a quiescent period when he was struggling with health problems, so roughly half of the stories are rescued and updated from the 1950s -- much more classic sci-fi stories than much of his other work: hunting alien game, rescues and mysteries in mountain wilds, a desperate killer trying to escape incarceration in a future civilization, etc. However, the book also contains several essays which are dynamite: Ellison's wide-eyed commentary on the Voyager flyby of Saturn in November 1980, the saga of his failed "Starlost" series for Canadian television, his experiences with a traveling carnival after running away from home at 13, and especially "The 3 Most Important Things in Life" -- which are sex, violence, and labor relations (including the half-day he was employed by Disney Studios).
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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   part earth & part fantasy world Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   love among disparate social classes Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   rescue mission/escape from confinement War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   hand to hand    -   guns    -   magical battles Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book


Terrain    -   Mountains Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   medium future 22-24th century A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society    -   humans in a contemporary society    -   primitive aliens    -   very controlled society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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