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- Print Length: 376 pages
- Publisher: Dell Magazines (December 15, 2010)
- Publication Date: December 15, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004GXBDRG
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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.
"Inside Job" by Connie Willis
"The Days Between" by Allen M. Steele
"Shoes-to-Run" by Sara Genge
"Recovering Apollo 8" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
"Lester Young and the Jupiter's Moons' Blues" by Gord Sellar
"Breeze from the Stars" by Mary Rosenblum
"Safeguard" by Nancy Kress
"A Billion Eves" by Robert Reed
"Second Person, Present Tense" by Daryl Gregory
"Enter a Soldier. Later: Enter Another" by Robert Silverberg