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Edge of Infinity Mass Market Paperback – November 27, 2012

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Book 2 of 3 in the Infinity Project Series

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Jonathan Strahan is an editor and anthologist. He co-edited The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy anthology series in 1997 and 1998. He is also the reviews editor of Locus. He lives in Perth, Western Australia with his wife and their two daughters.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781781080566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781080566
  • ASIN: 1781080569
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book contains 13 stories of hard science fiction, written by British and American authors. Like most collections featuring stories by various authors, there are some stories that are very good, some that are average, and some that are not good. The very good stories include "Drive" by James S. A. Corey, "Safety Tests" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, "Obelisk" by Stephen Baxter and "Vainglory" by Alastair Reynolds. The stories I did not enjoy were "Swift as a Dream and Fleeting as a Sigh" by John Barnes, "Bricks, Sticks, Straw" by Gwyneth Jones, and "The Peak of Eternal Light" by Bruce Sterling.

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.
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The subject matter in these stories is as variable as their quality. To me, the blurb "One giant leap for mankind" promised a near future focus using plausible technology and characters. This is achieved in a few stories. Sometimes there is an inverse relationship between the past profile of the author and the merit of the short story, seemingly reflecting directly on the demands and attention of the editor. There are a few fine stories, perhaps cast into stark relief by some others. I have offered views on each short story, mindful that style can be a personal preference.

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.
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This was a very entertaining collection, with the theme being hard SF set within our solar system. Some compelling takes on life in the outer planetary moons, and several of the stories were very touching. Ironically, I liked Bruce Sterling's story (the last in the collection) the least - which surprised me. Still recommended!
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I really liked this collection of 13 stories themed around the life of people living is a settled solar system. The first story by Pat Cadigan "The Girl-Thing Who Went out for Sushi", is brilliant, and has just won the Hugo for best novellete. Cordwainer Smith couldn't have done better. Other stories that I thought stood out - Paul McAuley's "Macy Minnot's Last Christmas on Dione, Fiddler's Green, the Potter's Garden", Rusch's "Safety Test", Gwyneth Jones' "Bricks, Sticks, Straw" and An Owomoyela's "Water Rights". Sterling's "The Peak of Eternal Light" was a great bookemd, with shades of Pohl's "Day Million" in its depiction of a very different society on Mercury. All the other stories were engaging, none were poor.

I highly recommend this collection.
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I've been finding myself reading a lot of short fiction recently. When I try to determine the reason for that, I come to the conclusion that it's either because I have a shorter reading attention span these days, or short fiction is suited for air travel, which I'm doing a lot of these days for work. It's probably some of both. I definitely am tired of door stop sized novels, or certainly very long ones anyway (I certainly do pine for the long ago days in which novels ran from 200 to 250 pages in length).

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".
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