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Sterling looks at modernity and futurity in an altogether smart way.
A very subtle and sharp look at a near-future where pretty much everything has gone to wrack and ruin.
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As ever, a strong collection of stories, albeit fairly ‘safe’ in terms of a relatively narrow range of sources.
Sterling ponders whether space opera is at all feasible – do we have the wherewithal and the desire to reach out to the distant stars? The answer is yes, but the starting point is an interesting one.
Will McIntosh. A Clown Escapes From Circus Town. When Beaners the Clown escapes the hell that is Circus Town, he finds a world made of other theme towns, each populated by characters similarly constrained by their environment. Forming an unlikely alliance with The Green Arrow, Beaners finds a humanity buried beneath his carnival costume, and […]
Sean McMullen. The Art of the Dragon. Dryly satirical tale in which a gigantic dragon appears and destroys the Eiffel Tower, then begins a world tour, destroying other notable buildings, statues and art collections. An observer of the initial attack enjoys celebrity status, and indeed has a greater role to play, his personal peculiarities putting […]
Jeremy Minton. The Darkness Between. Subterranean horrors, as group of men, part of a Klondike-type rush to the mines under the mountains of their planet have the misfortune to be deposited by a major landslip into a deep part of the mine from which there appears to be little chance of escape. To make matters […]