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Edge of Infinity Mass Market Paperback – November 27, 2012
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The stories mostly deal with the early centuries of humans exploring and colonizing the various planets and moons of our solar system. There are stories that take place on Mars, Mercury, Earth's moon and the moons of Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. It was interesting to see how the authors imagined humans adapting themselves to live on worlds with different temperatures, atmospheres, resources and gravity than Earth. Colonists often would develop new cultures that differed from anything on Earth, and in some stories people had their bodies surgically modified to live on alien worlds. Many stories worked as a snapshot showing one possible obstacle people might face when colonizing new worlds, such as how to deal with limited resources or the bureaucracies that develop in any organization of people.
The girl-thing that went out for sushi by Pat Cadigan ****
This is initially uncomfortable to read. The cyberpunk? style, needing translation itself, lends to the difficulty of interpreting the post-human characters and their participation in the plot. It seemed there may have also been a gender issue being thrown around, but most of the allegory was fairly shallow. I am pleased I gave myself a break to muster some objectivity, contemplating that the relationship between this narrative and most contemporary authorship may be compared with the relationship between the possible day-to-day speech of working people in the outer planets many decades hence and the way we speak today. The comparison is similar and made me aware that this initially difficult story is in fact very insightful. As the story dealt with the change associated with progress, the associated manipulations of the power players, the exuberant intoxication of the youthful and strident, and the fall-out on the quotidian players in history, I was captivated.Read more ›
I highly recommend this collection.
EDGE OF INFINITY is the second book in editor Jonathan Strahan's Infinity project. The third book, REACH FOR INFINITY, has been promoted closer to the top of my to-read list, and the fourth book, MEETING INFINITY, is set for publication later this year. I wasn't overly fond of ENGINEERING INFINITY, the first book of the project, but EDGE OF INFINITY was terrific, and has me looking forward to more books in the project.
The stories in EDGE OF INFINITY explore the future of humanity in our Solar System. Every story takes place there, and the anthology covers a wide range of topics and themes, which makes sense, given the vastness of the Solar System. There should be all sorts of stories on all sorts of worlds. And, where I was a bit disappointed in more than a few of the stories in ENGINEERING INFINITY, I had almost no issues with any of the stories in EDGE OF INFINITY. Maybe that's because of the focus of the stories, maybe not. But it is so nonetheless.
Strahan doesn't waste any time, leading the book of with 2013 Hugo Award Winning novelette "The Girl Thing Who Went Out for Sushi".Read more ›
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This is an anthology of mostly newer authors (well as a 63 year old, newer to me). While the stories were by and large just something to read, a couple were pretty good. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michael L. Patrick
A great collection of hard SF. Clever stories, interesting settings. SFneeds more like this.Published 17 months ago by James W. Hall
Short stories are a great way to encounter new authors and make the perfect vehicle for science fiction; there's no room for padding or tedious info-dumps, just taut craftsman-like... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Willy Eckerslike
A good series of light reads of sci fi in the solar system. The tech isn't faster than light, humanity is just at the edge of the system. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Buzzard
A great collection. Alastair Reynolds' fans you won't be dissappointed.Published 21 months ago by Kurt Trampler
Made for some pretty interesting reading. Stories range far & wide from believable to fantasy... As always some stood out from the rest.Published 22 months ago by Reuben Robert