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Fast Forward 2 Paperback – October 21, 2008
About the Author
A 2011 Hugo Award winner, 2012/2010/2009/2008/2007 Hugo Award nominee, 2011 Locus Award finalist, 2010 Shirley Jackson Award nominee, 2008 Philip K. Dick Award nominee, 2012/2011/2010/2009/2007 Chesley Award nominee/nominee/winner/nominee, and 2006/2011 World Fantasy Award nominee, Lou Anders is the editorial director of Prometheus Books' science fiction and fantasy imprint Pyr, as well as the anthologies Masked (Gallery Books, July 2010), Swords & Dark Magic (Eos, June 2010, coedited with Jonathan Strahan), Fast Forward 2 (Pyr, October 2008), Sideways in Crime (Solaris, June 2008), Fast Forward 1(Pyr, February 2007), FutureShocks (Roc, January 2006), Projections: Science Fiction in Literature & Film (MonkeyBrain, December 2004), Live Without a Net (Roc, 2003), and Outside the Box (Wildside Press, 2001). In 2000, he served as the Executive Editor of Bookface.com, and before that he worked as the Los Angeles Liaison for Titan Publishing Group. He is the author of The Making of Star Trek: First Contact (Titan Books, 1996), and has published over 500 articles in such magazines as The Believer, Publishers Weekly, Dreamwatch, DeathRay, free inquiry, Star Trek Monthly, Star Wars Monthly, Babylon 5 Magazine, Sci Fi Universe, Doctor Who Magazine, and Manga Max. His articles and stories have been translated into Danish, Greek, German, Italian & French.
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I'd recommend this book to just-about any fiction fan - anyone with a hankering for something a little different.
This anthology is fairly average, which isn't, after all, altogether surprising. You expect some hits and some misses, since not every single tale is likely to appeal to any given reader's tastes. Still, I was hoping for something a bit better, like the "Adventure!" anthology put out a few years ago by Monkeybrain Books, to which Anders in fact contributed, ahd whose cover was done by John Picacio, an excellent illustrator who also does the honors here.
The stuff I liked: the novella "True Names" by Benjamin Rosenbaum and Cory Doctorow, although it gets a little overly recursive; Paul McAuley's brief and rueful "Adventure"; Karl Schroeder and Tobias S. Buckell's near-future "Mitigation", an unpreachy eco-warning; and the all-too-probable "The Gambler" by Paolo Bacigalupi, about the always-connected and perpetually updating world of infotainment a few years from now.
The other stuff: mostly unobjectionable and merely all right. A couple of stories annoyed me. For some reason, Kristine Kathryn Rusch just rubs me the wrong way, so I did not care for her "Seniorsource", about orbital outsourcing to geriatrics. The leadoff story, "Catherine Drewe" by Paul Cornell, is just terrible--some people are doing stuff that other people want to stop, but the tale is told so murkily that it's completely unclear who wants what and which side anyone is on. Ian McDonald's "An Eligible Boy" is not bad, but the writing style is very much a matter of taste, and while I appreciate the world he's created, it just wasn't my cup of tea.
Nothing really spectacular here, and nothing really awfully bogus. I'd check out a Volume 3, but only because my friend vouches for Mr. Anders. I think. It might've been some other guy.