When I read that Reynolds was being welcomed back to Asimovs after a gap of some 31 years, I had a slight frisson of apprehension …
Deceptively disturbing story which starts with a bit of domestic disharmony, a touch of mild depression, and gradually slides into darker, albeit more transparent, territory.
A sequel to a story which I rated as a ‘fairly leaden rumination’. This story takes to the skies in terms of the narrative – but what of the story itself?
Charming short in which a scientist reflects on her personal experience of a scientific study into an alien invasion of a very subtle, and intimate nature.
Almost 30 years since Zebrowski’s ‘The Eichmann Variations’ was a Nebula Finalist, Zebrowski provides another variation on the theme, against postulating multiple Eichmanns
An enjoyable page-turner, with the future of humanity, and the protagonist resting on assitance from a potentially compromised proxy AI.
An afterlife that features berobed angels, and devils in skintight red outfits with little horns, comes as a surprise to the protagonist, the more so when he finds himself finding himself in the queue for a red outfit.
“Our tiny hotel room is boiling, even now, but heat doesn’t bother Patrick and he sleeps, shirtless, with the thin sheet coiled round him like a loving serpent…”
Das is a new author to me, and this story is an impressive introduction, in which he posits a world that has one hemisphere permanently turned to face the sun, one turned away.
A subtle look at an alternate 20th century with gargantuan engineering undertaking that links the continents.
Nicely told, although the tribble with the story is that it’s a fairly well excavated piece of horror landscape, with little to be turned up through further excavation.
Chris Piccinetti provides a wonderfully literal cover image to go with this story title. Fortunately the story doesn’t feature beachball-sized floating eyeballs staring at an unbothered bovine.
Stories sent in a humanity constrained to the solar system, but the stories are (perhaps because of that) almost all really good stories about humans, their desires, wishes and challenges. Buy the book!
“I’d just finished putting new eyebolts in the St. Andrew’s cross in the Red Room — I hadn’t installed the old ones, and they’d turned into pipe cleaners — when the angels came fluttering in, mewling and bumping into things….”
An excellent collection, more than whetting the appetite for Solaris Rising 2, due Spring 2013.
Sterling looks at modernity and futurity in an altogether smart way.
Excellent short, but taut thriller.