There’s something Ballardian about the imagery of engines sitting under the sun on a remote desert, but it’s one of those stories I sometimes feel that I’m missing something without which I’m not really getting what the story is really about.
Almost 30 years since Zebrowski’s ‘The Eichmann Variations’ was a Nebula Finalist, Zebrowski provides another variation on the theme, against postulating multiple Eichmanns
Catch the Sleep Ship: the first science-fiction story of the century. George Zebrowski. Complements the author’s “The last science fiction story of the twentieth century” (Interzone #162, December 2000). In this short tale an old sci-fi writer (sic) looks back on the days (cover illustrations supplied) when he and his colleagues used their talents to… Continue reading Interzone Number 163, January 2001.
The experienced writers provide solid fare in this issue, although with four stories having humorous undertones the feel of the issue is slightly lightweight as opposed to a festive feast with all the trimmings.
The Precipice. Ben Bova. This is the first part of a novel serialisation. As I don’t read novel serialisations, let us press on… My Favorite Robot. Ron Goulart. Goulart’s ‘My Pal Clunky’ appeared in Analog a couple of years ago, and was collected by Hartwell in Years Best SF 4, which is where I read… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Fact, May 2001 (Peanut Press edition)
Editorial Stanley Schmidt’s editorial ponders the ‘danger’ inherent in politics when the ideologies of political parties come together. He remembers John W. Campbell’s support for the Presidential Campaign of Governor Wallace in the Sixties on the basis that he was the only candidate with ‘significantly different’ ideas. Call me a lily-livered liberal, but give me… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Fact, January 2001 (Peanut Press edition)
An excellent collection of short SF. Several made it to the various Year’s Best collections, and a couple of others which were not selected would not have looked out of place. The volume starts well, is strong in the middle, and ramps up to a strong finish.
Stories by : Doris Pitkin Buck, Edgar Pangborn, Gardner R Dozois, George Zebrowski, Joanna Russ, Kate Wilhelm, Katherine Maclean, Poul Anderson, R.A. Lafferty, Robert Silverberg, Stephen Goldin.