Asimovs. December 2009.

This issue got caught up in the big revamp of Best SF, and wasn’t reviewed close to the reading of the stories. Time being short, I had planned to give a quick recap on the stories a couple of months later – which would be one way of identifying which stories had more impact at… Continue reading Asimovs. December 2009.

Interzone Number 189 May/June 2003

Dominic Green. The Rule of Terror. Green returns to the type of near future, dark, blackly comic dystopian England of his ‘Queen of Hearts’ from Interzone 173. England no longer has a monarchy, its own currency, nor drives on the left of the road, and Segway are a preferred mode of transport – was that… Continue reading Interzone Number 189 May/June 2003

Mirrorshades : the CyberPunk Anthology edited by Bruce Sterling, (Anchor House, 1986).

A cracking little paperback, which every self-respecting SF reader should have at home. The pbk version I have also features a neat reflective pair of shades (which my scanner totally fails to scan!).

The Ultimate Cyberpunk edited by Pat Cadigan, (ibooks, 2002)

But, all in all, a bit of a curate’s egg. The early stories, and the final story, don’t quite fit IMHO. And with the lack of a ‘real’ introduction, and story intros, the extra size that this volume offers over ‘Mirrorshades’ hasn’t really be used to the full. A missed opportunity.