Near-future military SF, with an interesting structure, but just a little too detached for me.
An excellent story from Swanwick, and I’m putting it into the Pot of Contention for the Best SF Short Story Award 2014.
Doesn’t really offer more to a story type that Stephen Baxter had fun with some years ago – humans in extremis looking to nature and the animal/marine kingdom the better to survive the new environment.
A slightly unusual apocalypse – aliens have arrived, and humanity is to be transported en
A smoothly told story from Unca Mike, gliding along nicely, describing an underworld not that far different from some of the seamier parts of some of the seamier cities of the world.
Echoing an oriental fable, a scientist must head back in time, or, rather, experience time in reverse, until he is able to pluck his wife, stranded in a loop, into a time-stream that does not see here in a coma.
An author new to me, and on this basis, I have questions to ask of SF editors as to why this is the case…
With a gorgeously retro cover, and a splendid full-colour insert for the artwork of Richard Powers, some great stories by some big name authors.
Some semi-scatalogic humour to leave the reader of the anthology with a warm glow (unless you have a relative who went up in a warm glow) with which to remember the collection.
Well-handled story set in the mind of young woman when such minds are more permanently connected to the interwebs.
Being the inventor of room-temperature superconductivity would be a route to instant fame and riches. Unless…
From a forthcoming novel, ‘Defenders’, which is already optioned by Warner Brothers. It’s a small sequence with an interesting backdrop – people on Earth struggling against an alien invasion.
Corporate skullduggery in a remote vespidary.
Yet more about The Old Man, and we find out more about him, and a big finale is set up.
Two men grease themselves up, but then it’s left to us to imagine what happens next…
Whilst in Moscow, a visitor finds the city, and some of its people, behaving strangely, and ditto his wife…
Buckram closes off the issue with some gentle humour with some neat touches, and avoids trying too hard to be too clever and funny.
Cover by way of tribute to the late Ed Valigursky. Pick of the stories this month from Andy Stewart, C.C. Finlay, Seth Chambers, Alex Irvine.
Another classy tale of ne’er-do-wells in the deep south, and some powerful magic.