Connie Willis

  • Oxford, futur proche. L'université est définitivement dépoussiérée : historien est devenu un métier à haut risque. Car désormais, pour étudier le passé, il faut le vivre. Littéralement. Michael Davies se prépare pour Pearl Harbor, Merope Ward est aux prises avec une volée d'enfants évacués en 1940, Polly Churchill sera vendeuse en plein coeur du Blitz, et le jeune Colin Templer irait n'importe où, n'importe quand, pour Polly...Ils sont aux premières loges. Une aubaine pour des historiens, sauf quand l'Histoire elle-même se met à dérailler.

    Et si, finalement, il était possible de changer le passé ?

    Prix Hugo du meilleur roman 2011, prix Nebula du meilleur roman 2010 et prix Locus du meilleur roman de science-fiction 2011 avec All Clear.

  • Blitz T.2 ; all clear

    Connie Willis

    Londres, 29 décembre 1940 : l'une des nuits les plus meurtrières du Blitz. Pris au coeur de l'un des pires raids de l'époque, les historiens du futur Michael, Merope et Polly cherchent désespérément à revenir au XXIe siècle. En attendant de trouver un moyen de s'échapper, le trio tente de survivre aux bombardements et aux évacuations, mais il y a plus grave encore : d'après les archives oxfordiennes de 2060, il semblerait que leurs interventions aient modifié le cours des événements... et la guerre pourrait bien se terminer autrement, bouleversant l'Histoire à jamais. Quelle que soit l'ampleur des sacrifices exigés, les voyageurs du futur doivent s'engager dans un combat acharné contre le temps...

    Prix Hugo du meilleur roman 2011, prix Nebula du meilleur roman 2010 et prix Locus du meilleur roman de science-fiction 2011 avec All Clear.

  • Crosstalk

    Connie Willis

    Cela fait maintenant quelque temps que Trent et Briddey sortent ensemble, et leur amour est assez solide pour qu'il lui pose la question. Pas si elle veut l'épouser, non, si elle est prête à se faire greffer un AEC, un dispositif électronique qui permet à deux amants de partager leurs sentiments sans aucun filtre. Cette technologie dernier cri rend obsolètes les smartphones, les SMS, les e-mails et toute autre forme de communication au sein du couple. Mais Briddey se met un jour à percevoir les émotions et les pensées d'autres que Trent, et le rêve tourne au cauchemar...

  • Le grand livre

    Connie Willis

    • J'ai lu
    • 24 Mars 2004

    Quoi de plus naturel, au XXIe siècle, que d'utiliser des transmetteurs temporels pour envoyer des historiens vérifier sur place l'idée qu'ils se font du passé ? Kivrin Engle, elle, a choisi l'an 1320, afin d'étudier les us et coutumes du Moyen Age.

  • Au XXIe siècle, le professeur Dunworthy dirige une équipe d'historiens qui utilisent des transmetteurs temporels pour voyager dans le temps. Ned Henry, l'un d'eux, effectue ainsi d'incessantes navettes vers le passé pour récolter un maximum d'informations sur la cathédrale de Coventry, détruite par un raid aérien nazi.
    Or c'est à ce même Henry, épuisé par ses voyages et passablement déphasé, que Dunworthy confie la tâche de corriger un paradoxe temporel provoqué par une de ses collègues, qui a sauvé un chat de la noyade en 1888 et l'a ramené par inadvertance avec elle dans le futur.
    Or l'incongruité de la rencontre de ce matou voyageur avec un chien victorien pourrait bien remettre en cause... la survie de l'humanité !

  • Un recueil de neuf nouvelles qui offrent un aperçu complet de l'univers de l'auteure

  • Passage

    Connie Willis

    Joanna Lander est docteur à l'hôpital Mercy General de Denver où elle fait des recherches sur les expériences de mort imminente (EMI) en recueillant des témoignages. Quand elle rencontre le docteur Richard Wright, elle accepte qu'il lui fasse une injection simulant une EMI. Mais au lieu de découvrir le tunnel dont tout le monde parle, elle se retrouve dans la coursive d'un paquebot...

  • Une machine à remonter le temps permet aux historiens de l'université d'Oxford, en 2060, de se rendre dans le passé pour y récolter des informations. Mais le moindre changement peut avoir de grandes conséquences... C'est ce qu'apprendront à leurs dépends les personnages de chacun des romans.

  • Dans un futur proche, une intervention cérébrale a été mise au point pour améliorer la vie de couple. Briddey se réjouit quand Trent, son petit ami, lui propose cette opération avant leurs fiançailles : ils percevront les pensées l'un de l'autre et leur lien émotionnel en sera renforcé. Or les choses ne se déroulent pas comme prévu : malgré elle, Briddey se retrouve connectée à quelqu'un d'autre.
    Les choses empirent quand elle découvre la propension étrange de sa famille à s'immiscer dans ses pensées... Briddey prend alors conscience des risques d'un excès d'informations. Elle comprend que l'amour - et la communication - s'avèrent bien plus complexes qu'elle ne l'imaginait...
    « Vous pensez que les smartphones menacent votre intimité ? Imaginez que vous puissiez entendre les pensées des autres... et qu'on perçoive les vôtres. En plus de maîtriser habilement les ressorts de la comédie, Connie Willis nous offre une métaphore sur les joies et les dangers de la connexion humaine. » Kirkus Reviews « Willis mêle adroitement connaissances scientifiques et personnages hauts en couleur. On obtient une histoire pleine d'humour où l'héroïne rencontre enfin le prince charmant. Une réflexion salutaire sur la menace que les nouvelles technologies font peser sur la sphère émotionnelle. » Publishers Weekly

  • BLACKOUT

    Connie Willis

    BLACKOUT is the opening movement of a vast, absorbing two-volume novel that may well prove to be Connie Willis' masterpiece. Like her multi-award winning THE DOOMSDAY BOOK, this stunning new work marries the intricate mechanics of time travel to the gritty - and dangerous - realities of human history. The narrative opens in Oxford, England in 2060, where a trio of time traveling scholars prepares to depart for various corners of the Second World War. Their mission: to observe, from a safe vantage point, the day-to-day nature of life during this critical historical moment. As the action ranges from the evacuation of Dunkirk to the manor houses of rural England to the quotidian horrors of London during the Blitz, the objective nature of their roles gradually changes. Cut off from the safety net of the future and caught up in the chaotic events that make up history, they are forced to participate, in unexpected ways, in the defining events of the era. BLACKOUT is an ingeniously constructed time travel novel and a grand entertainment. More than that, it is a moving, exquisitely detailed portrait of a world under siege, a world dominated by chaos, uncertainty, and the threat of imminent extinction. It is the rare sort of book that transcends the limits of genre, offering pleasure, insight, and illumination on virtually every page.

  • Oxford, futur proche. Historien est devenu un métier à haut risque. Désormais, pour étudier le passé, il faut le vivre. Littéralement.

    Michael, Merope et Polly vont être aux premières loges pour les épisodes les plus fascinants de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Une aubaine pour des historiens, sauf que les bombes qui tombent sont bien réelles et une mort soudaine les guette à tout moment... Mais il y a plus grave encore : il semblerait que leurs interventions aient modifié le cours des événements et la guerre pourrait bien se terminer autrement, bouleversant l'Histoire à jamais !

    Ce volume comprend un cahier de photographies commentées par Connie Willis.

  • Winner of six Nebula and five Hugo awards, Connie Willis is one of the most acclaimed and imaginative authors of our time.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Her startling and powerful works have redefined the boundaries of contemporary science fiction.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Here in one volume are twelve of her greatest stories, including double awardwinner "Fire Watch," set in the universe of Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog, in which a timetraveling student learns one of history's hardest lessons.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;In "A Letter from the Clearys," a routine message from distant friends shatters the fragile world of a beleaguered family.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;In "The Sidon in the Mirror," a mutant with the unconscious urge to become other people finds himself becoming both killer and victim.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Disturbing, revealing, and provocative, this remarkable collection of short fiction brings together some of the best work of an incomparable writer whose ability to amaze, confound, and enlighten never fails.From the Paperback edition.

  • The winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards, Connie Willis capture the timeless essence of generosity and goodwill in this magical collection if Christmas stories.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;These eight talestwo of which have never before been publishedboldly reimagine the stories of Christmas while celebrating the power of love and compassion.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;This enchanting treasury includes:"Miracle," in which a young woman's carefully devised plans to find romance go awry when her guardian angel shows her the true meaning of love"In Coppelius's Toyshop," where a jaded narcissist finds himself trapped in a crowded toy store at Christmastime"Epiphany," in which three modernday wisemen embark on a quest unlike any they've ever experienced"Inn," where a choir singer gives shelter to a homeless man and his pregnant wifeonly to learn later that there's much more to the couple than meets the eyeAnd moreFrom the Paperback edition.

  • One of those rare, unforgettable novels that are as chilling as they are insightful, as thoughtprovoking as they are terrifying, awardwinning author Connie Willis's Passage is an astonishing blend of relentless suspense and cuttingedge science unlike anything you've ever read before. It is the electrifying story of a psychologist who has devoted her life to tracking death. But when she volunteers for a research project that simulates the neardeath experience, she will either solve life's greatest mystery or fall victim to its greatest terror. At Mercy General Hospital, Dr. Joanna Lander will soon be paged not to save a life, but to interview a patient just back from the dead. A psychologist specializing in neardeath experiences, Joanna has spent two years recording the experiences of those who have been declared clinically dead and lived to tell about it. It's research on the fringes of ordinary science, but Joanna is about to get a boost from an unexpected quarter. A new doctor has arrived at Mercy General, one with the power to give Joanna the chance to get as close to death as anyone can.A brilliant young neurologist, Dr. Richard Wright has come up with a way to manufacture the neardeath experience using a psychoactive drug. Dr. Wright is convinced that the NDE is a survival mechanism and that if only doctors understood how it worked, they could someday delay the dying process, or maybe even reverse it. He can use the expertise ofa psychologist of Joanna Lander's standing to lend credibility to his study. But he soon needs Joanna for more than just her reputation. When his key volunteer suddenly drops out of the study, Joanna finds herself offering to become Richard's next subject. After all, who better than she, a trained psychologist, to document the experience? Her first NDE is as fascinating as she imagined it would be so astounding that she knows she must go back, if only to find out why this place is so hauntingly familiar. But each time Joanna goes under, her sense of dread begins to grow, because part of her already knows why the experience is so familiar, and why she has every reason to be afraid....And just when you think you know where she is going, Willis throws in the biggest surprise of all a shattering scenario that will keep you feverishly reading until the final climactic page is turned.From the Hardcover edition.

  • Planetary surveyors Fin and Carson battle hostile terrain, bureaucratic red tape, and renegade "planet crashers" in this latest novella by the talented author of Doomsday Book. Willis continues to demonstrate her endless versatility in this archly written satire, which is both a love story and a shameless expose of the dark side of political correctness.

  • From Connie Willis, winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards, comes a comedic romp through an unpredictable world of mystery, love, and time travel...Ned Henry is badly in need of a rest.  He's been shuttling between the 21st century and the 1940s searching for a Victorian atrocity called the bishop's bird stump.  It's part of a project to restore the famed Coventry Cathedral, destroyed in a Nazi air raid over a hundred years earlier.  But then Verity Kindle, a fellow time traveler, inadvertently brings back something from the past.  Now Ned must jump back to the Victorian era to help Verity put things rightnot only to save the project but to prevent altering history itself.  From the Paperback edition.

  • For Kivrin, preparing an onsite study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the twentyfirst century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received.But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrin barely of age herself finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history's darkest hours.Five years in the writing by one of science fiction's most honored authors, Doomsday Book is a storytelling triumph. Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering and the indomitable will of the human spirit.From the Paperback edition.

  • Winner of six Nebula and two Hugo awards for her fiction, Connie Willis is acclaimed for her gifted imagination and bold invention. Here are eleven of her finest stories, surprising tales in which the impossible becomes real, the real becomes impossible, and strangeness lurks at every turn.
    The end of the world comes not with a bang but a series of whimpers over many years in "The Last of the Winnebagos." The terror of pain and dying gives birth to a startling truth about the nature of the stars, a principle known as the "Schwarzschild Radius." In "Spice Pogrom," an outrageous colony in outer space becomes the setting for a screwball comedy of bizarre complications, mistaken identities, far-too-friendly aliens--and even true love.
    From the Paperback edition.

  • When a time-travel lab suddenly cancels assignments for no apparent reason and switches around everyone's schedules, time-traveling historians Michael, Merope, and Polly find themselves in World War II, facing air raids, blackouts, unexploded bombs, dive-bombing Stukas, rationing, shrapnel, V-1s, and two of the most incorrigible children in all of history--to say nothing of a growing feeling that not only their assignments but the war and history itself are spiraling out of control.

  • Winner of more Hugo and Nebula Awards than any other science fiction author, Connie Willis is one of the most powerfully imaginative writers of our time. In Remake, she explores the timeless themes of emotion and technology, reality and illusion, and the bittersweet place where they intersect to make art.
    Remake It's the Hollywood of the future, where moviemaking's been computerized and live-action films are a thing of the past. It's a Hollywood where Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe are starring together in A Star Is Born, and if you don't like the ending, you can change it with the stroke of a key.
    A Hollywood of warmbodies and sim-sex, of drugs and special effects, where anything is possible. Except for what one starry-eyed young woman wants to do: dance in the movies. It's an impossible dream, but Alis is not willing to give up. With a little magic and a lot of luck, she just might get her happy ending after all.
    From the Paperback edition.

  • Science fiction icon Connie Willis brilliantly mixes a speculative plot, the wit of Nora Ephron, and the comedic flair of P. G. Wodehouse in Crosstalk--a genre-bending novel that pushes social media, smartphone technology, and twenty-four-hour availability to hilarious and chilling extremes as one young woman abruptly finds herself with way more connectivity than she ever desired. In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal--to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don’t quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely--in a way far beyond what she signed up for. It is almost more than she can handle--especially when the stress of managing her all-too-eager-to-communicate-at-all-times family is already burdening her brain. But that’s only the beginning. As things go from bad to worse, she begins to see the dark side of too much information, and to realize that love--and communication--are far more complicated than she ever imagined. Praise for Crosstalk “A rollicking send-up of obsessive cell phone usage in too-near-future America . . . [Connie] Willis’s canny incorporation of scientific lore, and a riotous cast . . . make for an engaging girl-finally-finds-right-boy story that’s unveiled with tact and humor. Willis juxtaposes glimpses of claimed historical telepaths with important reflections about the ubiquity of cell phones and the menace that unscrupulous developers of technology pose to privacy, morality, and emotional stability.”--Publishers Weekly “Think smart phones and social media are threatening privacy? Imagine if you could hear everyone’s thoughts--and they could hear yours. [Willis is] a master of door-slapping, hide-behind-the-furniture farce . . . but mostly it’s a critique of modern society and an unsurprising metaphor for the perils and joys of human connection. In other hands this novel could have been mere cliché, but Willis’ exuberant humor and warmhearted, fast-paced plotting transform it.”--Kirkus Reviews Praise for Connie Willis “A novelist who can plot like Agatha Christie and whose books possess a bounce and stylishness that Preston Sturges might envy.”--The Washington Post “If anyone can be named ‘best science fiction writer of the age,’ it’s Connie Willis.”--Analog “One of America’s finest writers . . . Willis can tell a story so packed with thrills, comedy, drama and a bit of red herring that the result is apt to satisfy the most discriminating, and hungry, reader.”--The Denver Post “Willis can tell a story like no other. . . . One of her specialties is sparkling, rapid-fire dialogue; another, suspenseful plotting; and yet another, dramatic scenes so fierce that they burn like after-images in the reader’s memory.”--The Village Voice “The Best of Connie Willis? Isn’t that like sorting through diamonds?”--Lytherus From the Hardcover edition.

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