Le Styx coule à l'envers by Dan Simmons

By Dan Simmons

Le Styx coule à l'envers est un recueil de nouvelles de l'auteur américain Dan Simmons paru en France en 1997. Ce recueil n'a pas d'équivalent en langue anglaise, il a été assemblé par l'éditeur français à partir de douze nouvelles écrites par Simmons entre 1982 et 1995, dont sept figurent dans le recueil Prayers to damaged Stones (1990). Il comprend une préface de Harlan Ellison et chaque nouvelle comporte une creation écrite spécialement pour l'occasion par Dan Simmons.

Liste des nouvelles
Le Styx coule à l'envers ((en) The River Styx Runs Upstream, 1982)
Vanni Fucci est bien vivant et il vit en Enfer ((en) Vanni Fucci is Alive and good and residing in Hell, 1988)
Passeport pour Vietnamland ((en) E-Ticket to 'Namland, 1987)
Deux mins quarante-cinq secondes ((en) mins Forty-five Seconds, 1988)
Métastases ((en) Metastasis, 1988)
Douce nuit, sainte nuit ((en) Vexed to Nightmare by way of a Rocking Cradle, 1985)
Mémoires privé de l. a. pandémie des stigmates de Hoffer ((en) My inner most Memoirs of the Hoffer Stigmata Pandemic, 1991)
Les Fosses d'Iverson ((en) Iverson's Pits, 1988)
Le Conseiller ((en) The Counselor, 1991)
picture de classe ((en) This Year's type photo, 1992)
Prix global delusion de los angeles meilleure nouvelle 1993 et prix Bram Stoker de los angeles meilleure nouvelle courte 1992
Mes Copsa Mica ((en) My Copsa Mica, 1994)
À los angeles recherche de Kelly Dahl ((en) searching for Kelly Dahl, 1995)

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Not read anything? If I don’t write anything, what would I do? I’ll flunk out of Composition. I’ll have to repeat the class. I’ll copy out of books like the others. No, I’ll write, I’ll write myself. Fine, they’ll kick me out. They’ll beat me until I die. Did you think they’d forever go on picking you up and patting little Sweetie on the back? If only I was good at math. I wish I could play soccer . ” The samovar in front of Granny was boiling. Granny poured a glass of tea and placed it in front of me.

Echo throughout the bathhouse. And in the same way, we fear that due to the sheer, overpowering force of his strong paws which bend our necks to the left and right, little by little our necks will become loose and will come out suddenly from between our shoulders, and our heads will remain in his hands and our bodies will fall on the floor of the bathhouse. As we know, the body-washer never does this to a corpse and this is where it becomes evident to us how forbearing and kind body-washers are.

Hosseini went inside. My spirits rose. I ate the bread and pedaled my bicycle into the street, and off I went. In two hours. ” I would have to kill the two hours until it was time to go see the principal. I knew Mr Hosseini to be a man of his word and that he would definitely phone the principal. However, I was so filled with dread, I feared he would forget. The schoolkids were walking to school with books and schoolbags in hand and I was wandering around in the streets, lost and bewildered. I wanted to go to school and stand there and wait.

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