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Hardcover (Trade)

Published July 1998
Hardcover (Trade) price: $25.00
Weight: 2.53

ISBN-13: 978-1-886778-09-2
ISBN-10: 1-886778-09-4
Page count: 537
Book Size: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"

An Ornament to His Profession

This text relates to the 1st edition • Hardcover (Trade)

by Charles L. Harness

An Ornament to His Profession includes the title story, The Rose, fifteen additional works (including a previously unpublished story "Lethary Fair"), seven introductory pieces, and critical material by David Hartwell and George Zebrowski.

Table of Contents

  • An Ornament by Priscilla Olson
  • Charles Harness: New Realities by David G. Hartwell
  • The Rose (and Introduction)
  • Time Trap (and Introduction)
  • Stalemate in Space
  • The New Reality
  • The Chessplayers
  • Child by Chronos (and Introduction)
  • An Ornament to His Profession (and Introduction)
  • The Alchemist
  • The Million Year Patent
  • Probable Cause (and Introduction)
  • The Araqnid Window
  • Summer Solstice
  • Quarks at Appomattox (and Introduction)
  • George Washington Slept Here
  • O Lyric Love (and Introduction)
  • The Tetrahedron
  • Celebrating Charles Harness by George Zebrowski
  • Bibliography of Charles Harness by Priscilla Olson

[Charles Harness photo]

Charles L. Harness

Charles L. Harness was born in Texas in 1915. He had degrees in chemistry and law, and worked as a patent lawyer in Connecticut and Washington D.C. for more than thirty-five years. He was first published in 1947. Harness's ideas influenced numerous writers and he continued to publish until 2001, being nominated for multiple Hugo and Nebula awards. In 2004 he was named Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

During this impressive time span, he produced eleven novels and more than thirty shorter works (often in the form of novellas and novelettes). His stories are characterized by Byzantine plots and myriad baroque ideas, through which serious social themes are woven. He writes about love and transcendence, humanity and hope.

Harness died in 2005, at the age of 89, in North Newton, Kansas.

There has been a well deserved resurgence of interest in Harness's work. And, although some of his stories have been Hugo and Nebula award nominees, many of them have rarely (or never!) been anthologized.

Read and enjoy the NESFA Press selection of these gems from Charles Harness. a critically-acclaimed, and yet often-neglected writer. ...And bring your sense of wonder along for the ride.

Edited by Priscilla Olson
Cover art by James Stanley Daugherty

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