Muse of Fire

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This article is about the Dan Simmons novella. For the 2014 BBC documentary, see Giles Terera.
Muse of Fire
Muse of Fire bookcover.jpg
Hardcover 1st edition
Author Dan Simmons
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science Fiction
Publisher Subterranean Press
Publication date
October 28, 2008
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 100 (first edition, hardback)
ISBN 978-1596061811 (first edition, hardback)
OCLC 276486331

Muse of Fire is a science fiction novella by Dan Simmons. It is about a group of Shakespearean actors, the "Earth's Men", in the far future where humans are a minor conquered species, spread across the stars in subservient roles. The narrator, one of the actors, suspects the alien masters of the galaxy are deciding the fate of humanity based on the performances.

Muse of Fire was originally published in 2007, in the anthology The New Space Opera,[1] and standalone by Subterranean Press in 2008.

Muse of Fire was a finalist for the 2008 Locus Awards in the Best Novella category.[2]

Title source[edit]

O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention,
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act
And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!

—William Shakespeare, Henry V, Prologue, 1–4

In the novella, "Muse of Fire" is the name of the "Earth's Men" ship.

Reception[edit]

Simmons' novella ... is an exceptionally artful religious legend of the far future, and quite special.

—Ray Olson, Booklist[3]

This finely crafted novella is a perfect example of Simmons's many strengths.

The whole thing feels more like a blueprint for a novel rather than a proper piece of short fiction.

—Dorman T. Shindler, The Denver Post[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gardner Dozois; Jonathan Strahan (eds.). The New Space Opera. Harper Voyager. p. 454. ISBN 9780060846756. 
  2. ^ "Locus Awards Finalists". Locus. 
  3. ^ Ray Olson (2008-11-15). "Muse of Fire". Booklist: 23. 
  4. ^ "Muse of Fire". Publishers Weekly: 40. 2008-10-20. 
  5. ^ Dorman T. Shindler (2009-01-18). ""Muse of Fire" feels unfleshed". The Denver Post.