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- Publisher: Dell Magazines (December 15, 2010)
- Publication Date: December 15, 2010
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Enter A Future: Fantastic Tales from Asimov's Science Fiction Kindle Edition
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The best stories in this anthology do manage to come up with original ideas, or at least to play new variations on old themes. The standouts for me were Robert Reed's journey through the multiverse, "A Billion Eves"; Connie Willis's fast, funny "Inside Job"; Nancy Kress's "Safeguard," about mutant children; and Daryl Gregory's genuinely thought-provoking "Second Person, Present Tense." Robert Silverberg is always worth reading, and "Enter a Soldier. Later, Enter Another" is no exception.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch's "Recovering Apollo 8" and Gord Sellar's "Lester Young and the Jupiter's Moons Blues" are both alternate-history stories, the former elegiac in tone, set in a world in which Apollo 8 and its crew were lost in space, the latter a funnier piece set in a bizarre world in which aliens patronize American jazz musicians.
The weakest pieces for me were Allen M. Steele's "The Days Between," Mary Rosenblum's "Breeze from the Stars" and Sara Gense's post-apocalyptic "Shoes-to-Run." All are very well written, but none of them struck me as very original. But they are "weak" only by comparison to a very strong bunch of stories. Kudos to Asimov's editor Sheila Williams for a good survey of contemporary future-making.
My favorite three of the ten:
Connie Willis' "Inside Job" is an old-fashioned detective story that might have been written in the first half of the twentieth century. Except there might be some science fiction in it. Rob and Kildy are reporters and professional skeptics trying to demonstrate that a popular medium (yes, the turban-wearing kind) is a fake. It should be easy.
Allen Steele's "The Days Between" is a new perspective on the hibernating-colonists-travel-to-another-solar-system story. Three months into the URSS Alabama's voyage to 47 Ursae Majoris, Leslie Gillis awakes from an unusually short hypersleep. He cannot return to sleep without help and he cannot wake any of the other crew. So he makes the best of it. This story is incorporated into Steele's 2002 novel, Coyote: A Novel of Interstellar Exploration.
Daryl Gregory's "Second Person, Present Tense" is one of those teen identity stories with a bratty, first person narrator. Actually, it's the second person, in the first person. But the first person isn't in there anymore. Much. Anyway, she really hates her parents.
I liked some of these stories and was only moderately engaged by some of them. Gordon Sellar's "Lester Young..." story took readers on a tour of an interesting future solar system but didn't seem to have a point. I got a similar feeling from "Shoes-to-Run." Sara Genge explores a future tribal culture with a story that, ironically for its title, went nowhere. "Breeze from the Stars" had a point, but it didn't seem quite worth the journey.
It all shakes out to this seeming like only an "okay" collection to me. Your tastes may be different than mine. It seems that the editor's tastes differ, too. You may be in good company.