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Book Note: Janet Kagan, The Collected Kagan

I read this book about 21-Mar-2021. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2016. This note was last modified Wednesday, 24-Mar-2021 17:05:27 PDT.

This note does not contain major spoilers for the book.


A posthumous collection of her short work, little to none of it in print elsewhere, from Baen books. Seems to be available only on Kindle from Amazon.

I stalled out reading it, somewhere fairly early (first 3 stories somewhere maybe?), when it first came out (2016; 8 years after her death).

And then I picked it up again this week, and I'm really loving these stories. I may have to go back and try reading the first few again, see how I feel now. I utterly love her fixup novel Mirabile (#6), and am quite fond of the other novels, so it's nice to be finding the short stories that much fun too.

These stories mostly have a deep, central, kindness to them; whether they're celebrating Christmas with an alien race on a colony planet, or having written your first script for a pornographic movie, or being the last woman on earth sitting alone in a room when there is a knock on the door.

This is perhaps a good spring to be reading such stories.

Doing for a collection anything like I usually do for a novel is 10 times as much work, so I'm not going to start. Besides, I'd feel I was slighting some story each time I put more work into talking about another one.

If you like Janet's work at all you must read this. If you haven't found out yet, you should try!

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