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Coming Soon Enough: Six Tales of Technology's Future [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Kress , Greg Egan , Brenda Cooper , Geoffrey Landis , Mary Robinette Kowal , Cheryl Rydbom
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Book Description

Original stories from six of today’s best science fiction writers about the near future of technologies such as drones, wearable computing, implants, 3-D printing, and more.

Product Details

  • File Size: 373 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
  • Publisher: IEEE Spectrum (August 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MFS440W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,186 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative Futuristic Technology September 16, 2014
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I posted the first version of this review on 9/16/14, including comments about one particular story in the book that I believed suffered from editorial garbling and needed to be fixed.

Subsequently, someone with better insight into the intentions of the author posted a comment on my review offering an explanation for why the story was written as it was. In response to his comments, I am modifying my review as of 10/12/14 but not changing my overall rating of 3 stars. As you will see below, I still feel the story in question has a problem.

Now begins my modified review.

I bought this book because I am an IEEE member and was intrigued that IEEE commissioned a book of fiction. However, I'm not a connoisseur of scifi short stories; hence, it was probably preordained that I would not give this book a super-high rating. Consequently, I was not planning to write a review at all. (Would you ask someone who is not a sports fan to write a review of a World Series game?)

But I decided to go ahead and write a review when I found one of the stories to be quite confusing. I'll have more to say about that below.

Regarding the book overall, first my general comments.

On the good side, there is some imaginative futuristic technology described.

On the not-so-good side, I felt that all the stories can be faulted to some degree in the way they portray the attitudes, feelings, and actions of the characters (human or alien). These portrayals do not seem realistic to me, although some of the stories err less egregiously than others in this regard.
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