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“A stand-out collection that should be of interest to any admirer of short fiction, regardless of genre…” , The Guardian
“Short stories have been the lifeblood of science fiction since HG Wells, and Solaris are maintaining the tradition.” , Financial Times
“Jonathan Strahan’s Infinity books stand with the very best original anthology series ever in the field.”, Locus
“[A] useful guide to how some of our best SF writers are reshaping a classic theme as it moves closer to our own reality.”, Locus Magazine --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- File Size : 756 KB
- Print Length : 280 pages
- Publication Date : March 17, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B083ZHHYP4
- Publisher : Solaris (March 17, 2020)
- Language: : English
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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Heavy-hitters Peter Watts, Alastair Reynolds, Peter Hamilton all contribute excellent stories to the collection. I don't suppose that should surprise anybody -- but what I did find a bit surprising was just how funny and engaging the Reynolds story was.
Ian MacLeod's contribution -- about the nature of faith in a post-singularity world where the promises of religion have been made manifestly real, and about the tendency of created things to resemble their creators -- is also a real stand-out. It was short, but full of enough concepts to fill a full-length novel, and written with a beautiful economy of style. MacLeod is a writer to follow.
Analee Newitz also contributed an excellent story. In fact, one of the book's best. I'm not a fan of her progressive politics, and I don't like the whole pronoun thing... but credit where it's due. A very well-crafted short story, with an interesting near-future setting, a not-terribly-implausible premise, and a surprise ending that's so glaringly obvious in hindsight that I should have seen it coming. Truly well done.
Sadly, the book contained a few real stinkers. Hence four stars instead of five...
Rich Larson is a horrible writer of science fiction. Suffice it to say that his story is best skipped. Sadly, this isn't the first time Larson has contributed a bad story to an otherwise good anthology.
Saad Hossein also seems incapable of writing a coherent story -- and he attempts to mask his lack of skill with an incredible amount of middle-school-tier profanity. His writing style made me cringe. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that his was such an obviously, objectively bad story that most editors wouldn't touch it for love or money. No idea how it found its way into this collection.
A few more stories were neither good nor bad --- forgettable.
All in all, certainly worth the price of admission. Some of the good stories are VERY good. The bad ones can be skipped, and you won't miss a thing. Even if you cut them right out, it's still a fairly long collection.
many of the other stories were interesting and great. There was a story, that I am sure may have been interesting about a person who spends his work hours sampling news and (because the author is OTW) wonders why bad things never happen to white people (he is sampling US news, BTW) - if he can't work that out, I can't help -1 star.
First off, this is a really excellent collection of stories that does exactly what science fiction should do, providing entertainment while provoking thought. Not that this should be a surprise, as Jonathan Strahan has assembled a really talented group of writers to speak to his theme: that robots will be as oppressed as any class of worker, and by giving them the intellectual capacity to figure it out we've lit the fuse on an inevitable confrontation.
The editor starts out with a review of robots in lit going back to the first mention in Karel Čapek's play, R.U.R and adds just enough context for each story to frame what comes next. The stories are all first-rate, though no two are alike. Peter Watts, Daryl Gregory, Ian R. MacLeod , Annalee Newitz and more (including one of my favorite new writers, Sarah Pinkser) are here and my only regret is that Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries) isn’t included.
By the way, although I don't think it's mentioned, not only is this the 100th anniversary of the term "robot," that was also the year Asimov was born. So, a banner year for robots either way.
If you're interested in robots or AI, as the line has gotten blurred, this is a collection you need to read. Fortunately, it's also a collection you should find both enjoyable and yes, at times, disturbing.