Brooke and Brown were regulars in the David Pringle-era of Interzone, and this is a story that could be straight from one of those issues.
Brown picks up the story of the spacer and the AI construct embodied in a foxy Venezualan body from the first Conflicts volume
Brown effectively paints a bleak, desert and deserted Earth.
The story skips along at a fair pace without really offering any real depth, or colour, or description (save for the opening restaurant centre) beyond the routine
Stories by Eric Brown and Jacques Barcia
John Meaney. Entangled Eyes are Smiling. Jack’s love life takes a turn for the worse
Eric Brown. The Wisdom of the Dead. Interzone have published a number of stories in
Mat Coward. Time Spent in Reconnaissance. A very peculiarly British take on Roswell visitors. Having
The publishers are at pains to point out that whilst this issue is dated ‘June/July’
The Frankenberg Process. Eric Brown. Shades of ‘Think Like a Dinosaur’, in that the Frankenberg
Flickering. Ayerdhal. Credit to Interzone for including yet more non-English SF, in this case a
Catch the Sleep Ship: the first science-fiction story of the century. George Zebrowski. Complements the
A strong collection, with the Purdom story somewhat of a struggle.
Daw and Crowther provide the goods once again, in a pocket-sized collection that manages to 15 almost invariably top quality stories.
The first volume in this new series from Solaris Books, was a safe and solid
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.
If it’s SFnal bang for your buck you’re after, you won’t get much better value for money than this during 2005.
Eric Brown has been writing for more than a decade, a (very) regular contributor to
Whilst I have a suspicion that the 498 pages of the Mammoth Book of New Jules Verne Adventures may well never get read, I can confirm that the slimmer volume in hand was a most enjoyable read (concluding pun notwithstanding) in which Brown gives a convincing impersonation of M Verne. Certainly a better showpiece of Brown’s ability than his recent ‘Approaching Omega’
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.
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.
The Ant-Men of Tibet. Stephen Baxter Originally in Interzone #95, May 1995. Baxter pays a