It’s way too long since I read a short SF story from Stross, and this fits the bill nicely.
Far-future far-distant post-human hard SF. Clever stuff!
Cleverly written, in the form of three witness statements from couples relating almost identical events.
Another in a series of recent Baxter stories in which challenges to the future of humanity are seen through the lens of one or two individuals in a rural English setting.
Emshwiller and Genge the pick of the bunch, but not a vintage bunch.
A ‘long-awaited’ followup to an Ace Double written some 40 years ago.
18 stories written as homages to Arthur C. Clarke’s ‘Tales from the White Hart’. Authors include Neil Gaiman, Stephen Baxter, Charles Stross, Eric Brown, Peter Crowther, David Langford, James Lovegrove, Adam Roberts, Ian Watson, Liz Williams. mmmm. nice.
Lovely short story with a deft touch.
Fairly leaden rumination on issues around sporting achievement in the future.
As you would expect from Di Filippo, a somewhat lighter touch than most of the stories in the book, in his inimitable gonzo style.
Brown effectively paints a bleak, desert and deserted Earth.
Reed taps into some modern memes, immersive online games, and a desire to gain instant wealth and celebrity with little real effort, in a wryly black story.
Technology which enables the creation of new music as if created by long dead performers, enables a young man to finally come to terms with the impact music had on his childhood through his father’s obsession.
The second best story about a military fighter plane with the capacity to make its own decisions in combat that I’ve read in the last week!
There’s a lot of issues handled in the story, all done through the impact of those issues on individuals, families and communities, done very cleverly, with strong characterisation.
As the story comes to a conclusion and the pieces drop into place, the science thriller becomes more SF, and delivers a rewarding read.
Evidently Baker’s last completed story before she died last year, and a fitting story to go out on.
A cautionary tale about genetic enhancements for children.
A touching story of alienness, integration, longing, loss and sacrifice.
A young man with a neat motorcycle that can run on grass and water, and a gun that will only work in his hand, leaves Moscow behind. With the wind in his hair, he has the freedom of the road.
A sequel to ‘Going Deep’ which appeared in the June 2009 issue of Asimovs.
It’s a handsome book, the presentation and content of which you wouldn’t be embarassed by when reading in public, or discussing with colleagues.
There’s a lot to like in this semiprozine.
A semi-autonomous aerial military robot has his instruction set subtly tweaked. Thought provoking.
Reynold’s ‘Sleepover’ starts closer to home than most of his stories. But don’t worry, horizons are expanded in due course.
[January 7th 2011] So over the next couple of weeks I will be reviewing the
A handsome book, and Horton has cast his net very far and very wide, he certainly can’t be faulted for being conservative in the range of sources from which he chooses.
An issue with an outrageous number of quality writers appearing therein.
The ghost of the public hangman finds that past misdemeanours come back to haunt him…
More of a story you would see on a small press e-zine (or whatever the equivalent for an online magazine is of a small press/semiprozine in the printed world.)
The teen heroine finds love in a very unexpected place.
Liu brings together an ancient eastern tradition of recording using knotted string, with Western technology and mores.
A lot of thought has gone into the detail, which gives a sense of place and time with almost effortless ease (the effort has gone in at the writing stage, leaving it much easier for the reader). It’s a read that oozes class.
An excellent story of shadows, origami folding weapons and vessels, smoke and hidden and unknown identities, desires but also duties.