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The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Vol. 3 Mass Market Paperback – February 24, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Solaris Book of New Science Fiction (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184416599X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844165995
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 3.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,615,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010). In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2011, her short story "For Want of a Nail" won the Hugo Award for Short Story. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov's, and several Year's Best anthologies as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other Stories from Subterranean.

Mary, a professional puppeteer and voice actor, has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve. She also records fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

She is the Vice President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Mary lives in Portland, OR with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit www.maryrobinettekowal.com.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. L. on April 28, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A mismatch anthology with only a few standouts, several lukewarm pieces, and a few real duds. Also, though I didn't factor it in the review, the pagination was a bit screwy--especially toward the second end of the book--so that page numbers didn't match-up with the table of contents. Overall grade: B-

"Rescue Mission" by Jack Skillingstead. Sentient biosphere drugs astronaut. Rescue follows. That's pretty much it. D

"The Fixation" by Alastair Reynolds. I'm becoming a fan of his. The Antikythera Mechanism and the many worlds hypothesis. B+

"Artifacts" by Stephen Baxter. Another brilliant piece from this "hard science" fiction writer. What I like about him is that he often infuses his stories with the human element, making them much more than just an extrapolation of a neat scientific idea into story form. Often sad and melancholy (as this is) but always great. A

"Necroflux Day" by John Meaney. A science fantasy piece about the strange power source of a civilization. B

"Providence" by Paul DiFilippo. Sentient robots talking like twelve-year-olds after us fleshy "carnals" have been destroyed and the robots get "high" off of vinyl records. And what an anti-climatic ending. Give me a break! C-

"Carnival Nights" by Warren Hammond. Police procedural/crime noir set in the far future. What happens when you augment someone too much? B

"The Assistant" by Ian Whates. Somewhat like "The Fixation" in that it uses alternate realities to do stuff in this reality. This time it's nano-engineered bugs. B

"Glitch" by Scott Edelman. The glitch is that some robots believe in mythical creatures called "humans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Randy Stafford VINE VOICE on May 6, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The third and final in this artistically, if perhaps not commerically, successful series doesn't disappoint. There are no truly bad stories, just a few that didn't do much for me. Most I found good and one truly memorable. Mann lives up to his writ of widely varied stories that diverge from near future dystopianism.

Curiously, many of the stories seem twinned, thematically or in images or feel, with other stories. The "gothic suspense" of John Meaney's "Necroflux Day" with its story of family secrets in a world where fuel and information are stored in bones is also conveyed, better, in the gothic "A Soul Stitched in Iron" by Tim Akers. The latter story has an aristocrat, fallen on hard times, tracking down a putative murderer that's upsetting a crime lord's plans. That murderer happens to be an old friend of the protagonist, and the killer's motives involve subterranean secrets that underlie the status of a noveau riche clan. Meaney's story didn't do much for me. Akers interests me enough to that I'm going to seek out his Heart of Veridon set in the same city.

Alastair Reynolds' "The Fixation" and Paul Cornell's "One of Our Bastards Is Missing" are both, loosely defined, alternate history. Reynolds' story has a scientist restoring the Mechanism, very much like our Antikythera Mechanism - an ancient clockwork computer. In her world, while the Romans found no practical use for the Mechanism, the Persians did and founded the predominant power of the world. However, other universes are also interested in their versions of the Mechanism and prepared to vampirically leach its information structure from other universes to facilitate a complete restoration.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on February 22, 2008
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1) iCity by Paul DiFilippo: People live in cities that can change formation over night.

2) The Space Crawl Blues by Kay Kenyon: Now there is QT, quantum teleportation. People can be instantly teleported to their destination of choice. But when people re-emerge on the other side, are they still the same?

3) The Line of Dichotomy by Chris Roberson: A team invades a bacteria farm in hopes of rescuing those trapped within.

4) Fifty Dinosaurs by Robert Reed: Kelvin has just turned twenty-one. The last thing he recalls is being at a bar. Now he finds himself in the company of a T-rex that can talk.

5) Mason's Rats: Black Rat by Neal Asher: Farmer Mason trains the rats on his farm.

6) Blood Bonds by Brenda Cooper: One twin sister lives in a virt bed due to an act of terrorism. The other twin goes to Mars in hopes of earning enough to help her crippled sister get surgery.

7) The Eyes of God by Peter Watts: Before traveling each person must go through a check point that reads minds.

8) Sunworld by Eric Brown: Yarrek has graduated and he parents finally tell him the truth about himself. Afterward, he is sent to Icefast to enter the office of the Inquisitor General.

9) Evil Robot Monkey by Mary Robinette Kowal: Sly may look like the other chimps, but he is much more.

10) Shining Armor by Dominic Green: A mining company prepares to invade the city. Their work will poison the water supply of the village. It is time to awaken the ancient Guardian.

11) Book, Theatre, & Wheel by Karl Schroeder: Lady Genevieve Romanal is under investigation to see if she is unlawfully educating her people or is a heretic.

12) Mathralon by David Louis Edelman: This mostly reads like a type of manual.
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