In a remote Antartic research station, the Fermi Paradox is solved, which has a big impact on the two men in the cabin..
A wry take on the pharma companies and just how low they would stoop in the search for profits, and just how limited the response by governments and the public at large might be.
Do physicists use words like ‘geezer’, ‘galoomph’, ‘cahoots’, and ‘bald bonce’ ?
Clever and amusing time travel story, if you accept that the scientists involved don’t quite have the same grasp on the relationship between cause and effect that you would expect.
A tense science thriller, with an interesting background – a West/East conflict is underway, but the protagonist is the commander of a Muslim nuclear submarine
An intriguing story, one that you read and want to think about, and then re-read.
An excellent collection, with only a couple of weaker contributions. A couple are more fantasy than steampunk, but there is high quality writing throughout and a couple of stories that linger (Youmans, Lanagan and Lake) for some time.
The third in the Solaris series hits the street just as the word on those streets is that the imprint has been put up for sale by Games Workshop, who want to concentrate on their core wargaming business. I was somewhat disappointed in the second in the series after the solid start of the sequence.… Continue reading The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction Volume Three. (ed George Mann, Solaris 2009.)
Daw and Crowther provide the goods once again, in a pocket-sized collection that manages to 15 almost invariably top quality stories.
This is a good collection featuring some strong stories by many of the biggest names in British SF.
Sixteen stories, of which I’d say 8 hit the mark. It’s a collection of fairly traditional SF, eschewing the new speculative, as perhaps might be expected with the authors for the most being well established. The majority of the stories could have been written anytime during the 1990s, making it a good, if safe collection, and a solid start.
Overall, the quality of the stories is high, and a fine collection showcasing primarily British authors, although perhaps just a tad below the quality of last year’s ‘Constellations’.
If it’s SFnal bang for your buck you’re after, you won’t get much better value for money than this during 2005.
A collection more in tune with my preferences than last year’s, with the exclusion of Analog stories being the primary cause of that.
Stories by : Adam Roberts, Alastair Reynolds, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Bruce Stirling, Bud Sparhawk, Cory Doctorow, Daryl Gregory, David Langford, Gardner R Dozois, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, Hannu Rajaniemi, James Patrick Kelly, Joe Haldeman, Justina Robinson, Ken MacLeod, Larissa Lai, Lauren McLaughlin, Liz Williams, Matthew Jarpe, Michael Swanwick, Neal Asher, Oliver Morton, Paul McAuley, Peter F. Hamilton, R. Garcia y Robertson, Rudy Rucker, Stephen Baxter, Ted Chiang, Tobias S. Buckell, Vonda N McIntyre.
A nice volume to have on the shelves, with a wide range of quality content which showcases a wide range of SF, and high production values. The high price and limited print run will restrict the volume to collectors, but as the stories aren’t originals, we can’t complain that the average SF reader is being deprived.
All in all, an interesting varied collection, and well worth the shelf-space.
This is a handsome hard-back book which would grace any shelf (albeit that the shape of the book will require a deep shelf!). The stories are of varying quality and SFness, but work together well. A recommended purchase for those of you who haven’t got the stories in their PS Publishing format.
A bit of a head-scratcher to be honest, as the story is some way below the standard of other published by PS Publishing.
Quite a different story to the two mentioned above, with a vivid image providing an unsettling backdrop to the human reaction to the event being portrayed.