As ever, a strong collection of stories, albeit fairly ‘safe’ in terms of a relatively narrow range of sources.
A frustrating story, but only in the sense that you’re frustrated at wanting more
A strong issue, with stories by Landis, Reed, Steele, Shoulders, Tem, Roberson and Emshwiller.
The story introduction refers to an inspiration for this story being ‘Men of Tomorrow’, a non-fiction book by Gerard Jones which looked at how Eastern European Jewish immigrants were responsible for the birth of American comic books. SF Site’s review of that book [here], refers to the inspirate that Jones must have drawn from Michael… Continue reading Chris Roberson. Wonder House. (Asimovs, Jan 2010)
Chris Roberson. Metal Dragon. Another in Roberson’s ‘Celestial Empire’ series, in which China is a world power. Here we see a space race – not US/USSR as was the case here, but China/Mexico. We find out more about the power struggle between these two world powers, and with the Chinese attempt to be first to… Continue reading Interzone #213 Dec 2007
Brian Stableford. The Trial. Stableford explores a drugs trial that proves too successful. There’s a fair bit of bio-chemistry in the story (‘What do you think is wrong with the orthodox assumption that about the enkaphelin whose CAG-repeat variant clogs up the neutrons of Alzheimer’s sufferers?’) as a drug on trial with an initial cohort… Continue reading Asimovs, July 2007
Another excellent issue.
Peter Friend. The Christmas Tree. A short fantastical piece in which the arrival of a Christmas Tree is a cause for celebration, despite the fact that it is a very different kind of tree to those we know and love. Paul Melko. Strength Alone. One of the standout stories in Lou Anders’ collection ‘Live Without… Continue reading Asimovs, December 2004
Daw and Crowther provide the goods once again, in a pocket-sized collection that manages to 15 almost invariably top quality stories.
Stories by : Ted Chiang, Peter S. Beagle, Charles Stross, Greg Egan, Daryl Gregory, Jeffrey Ford, Holly Black, Ted Kosmatka, Alex Irvine, Daniel Abraham, Nancy Kress, Bruce Sterling, Theodore Goss, Neil Gaiman, Stephen Baxter, Ken Macleod, Susan Palwick, Michael Swanwick, M. Rickert, Tony Daniel, Elizabeth Hand, Chris Roberson, Elizabeth Bear, Kelly Link.
The first volume in this new series from Solaris Books, was a safe and solid volume, half of whose 16 stories hit the mark for this reader. So what of the second volume? The back cover boasts ‘..an eclectic collection of science fiction short stories from some of the foremost luminaries in the genre..’, which,… Continue reading The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction Volume Two, ed George Mann, Solaris 2008
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’.
As ever, chock full of high quality SF, with the annual summation providing SF with an ongoing reference and reading tome which we should not take for granted. Here’s to the next 25 years! Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Benjamin Rosenbaum and David Ackert, Brian Stableford, Bruce Sterling, Chris Roberson, David Moles, Elizabeth Bear, Greg Egan, Gregory Benford, Gwyneth Jones, Ian McDonald, James Van Pelt, John Barnes, Justin Stanchfield, Kage Baker, Keith Brooke, Ken MacLeod, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Neal Asher, Pat Cadigan, Robert Reed, Robert Silverberg, Stephen Baxter, Ted Chiang, Ted Kosmatka, Tom Purdom, Una McCormack, Vandana Singh
Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Bruce Sterling, Chris Beckett, Chris Roberson, Daryl Gregory, David Gerrold, David Moles, Dominic Green, Elizabeth Bear, Gene Wolfe., Gwyneth Jones, Hannu Rajaniemi, Harry Turtledove, Ian McDonald, James Patrick Kelly, Jay Lake and Ruth Nestvold, Joe Haldeman, Ken MacLeod, Liz Williams, Mary Rosenblum, Michael Swanwick, Neal Asher, Paolo Bacigalupi, Peter Watts and Derryl Murphy, Robert Reed, Stephen Baxter, Stephen Popkes, Vonda N McIntyre, William Sanders
All in all, an interesting varied collection, and well worth the shelf-space.