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I've read To Say Nothing of the Dog, Doomsday Book, Passage, and Bellwether.  But I feel like every time I go to Borders or Barnes and Nobles or the library, there is nothing but those four, Lincoln's Dreams (which I totally plan to read but have a stack of books to read about as high as I am tall) and Miracle and Other Christmas Stories (which I am turned off by the title, but that's probably unfair).  I really want to read Remake.  It's just when I go to the bookstore, I find that there are very few copies of her books, and a very limited number that they keep in stock.

Also, does anyone feel like although her books are mostly science fiction (besides maybe Bellwether) they're not quite science fiction, in that if they were marketed differently, they totally wouldn't be published by Bantam?

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From:athenamuze
Date:July 15th, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC)
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I can usually find only 2 of any of her given books in a store at a time. I would recommend trying Amazon though. I would also check some used book stores. I have one here where I found Water Witch (I was very excited).
I would completely recommend Miracle, I read it every year around Christmas time and I love it (and I'm not very into the holidays). It also has a TON of recommendations of other books to read (and movies to watch!).
Remake is a good quick read, I think Lincoln's Dreams was the hardest for me to get through of her stuff (even though I still enjoyed it).

As for type, I'm not sure really. I bet you have a point here. I think Passage (for one) really could have been classed as popular fiction, I have read other books in that category that are no less fantastic. Most of her stuff is not what one would normally think of when they hear the words Sci Fi Lit.
I made a friend of mine read it and she is not at all into Sci Fi but she loved it. Most of Connie's stuff does probably appeal to a slightly different audience but she earned her stripes with Sci Fi (at one time she was the only femaile to win every single Sci Fi award, not sure if that is still true though) so _she_ is probably the one who allies herself with that genre.
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From:rosiepinkston
Date:August 17th, 2007 07:20 am (UTC)
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I feel the same way at the library. They only have a small selection. I've gotten to read most of Willis's stories through science fiction anthologies. At some point I will have to use Amazon to read her other works.

Remake is really enjoyable to read, especially if you like Firewatch.

Her short story "Chance" would be read differently by readers not familiar with her interest in time travel. Without knowledge of her previous works, "Chance" seems to belong more to literary suspense in the manner of Poe. However, I don't think readers outside of the science fiction community take her writings as serious literature. Conversely, you have an author like Thomas Pynchon, who is considered literary. yet his works typically deal with issues of technology and math, so it seems like he should be called a science fiction writer. But his books are not in the science fiction section of book stores.

The problem seems to be that if you market your name as being in a certain genre, it becomes hard later on to get readers in other genres to accept your work without changing your name.
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