Know someone who loves science but won't pick up any fiction? This slim volume is an ideal place for casual fiction readers to start, but experimental and beautifully-written enough to keep fiction die-hards entertained. Each story in the collection takes a scientific law or theory and turns it on its head-- characters guide the reader through the orbit of the moon, or the implications of light-years on interplanetary communication. It is science fiction that doesn't invent anything "new," instead toying with our conceptions of scientific knowledge to expand the idea of what fiction can do.— From James
"We were peering into this darkness, criss-crossed with voices, when the change took place: the only real, great change I've ever happened to witness, and compared to it the rest is nothing." -- from The Complete Cosmicomics
Italo Calvino's beloved cosmicomics cross planets and traverse galaxies, speed up time or slow it down to the particles of an instant. Through the eyes of an ageless guide named Qfwfq, Calvino explores natural phenomena and tells the story of the origins of the universe. Poignant, fantastical, and wise, these thirty-four dazzling stories -- collected here in one definitive anthology -- relate complex scientific and mathematical concepts to our everyday world. They are an indelible (and unfailingly delightful) literary achievement.
"Nimble and often hilarious . . . Trying to describe such a diverse and entertaining mix, I have to admit, just as Calvino does so often, that my words fail here, too. There's no way I -- or anyone, really -- can muster enough of them to quite capture the magic of these stories . . . Read this book, please." -- Colin Dwyer, NPR