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The New Space Opera 2: All-new stories of science fiction adventure Paperback – Bargain Price, June 30, 2009
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“This anthology is a reminder of why science fiction captured the hearts and minds of generations of generations of readers.” (Orson Scott Card )
“In sheer breathtaking, mind-expanding scope, this collection . . . delivers hours of exhilarating reading.” (Booklist )
“Highly recommended!” (Greg Bear )
“Dynamic and exciting, THE NEW SPACE OPERA is...an essential roadmap to the cutting edge of SF today...” (Charles Stross )
“...Dozois and Strahan bring together some of the finest writers in the field...” (Vernor Vinge )
“The roster of contributors includes some of contemporary sf’s brightest innovators… In sheer breathtaking, mind-expanding scope, this collection of some of the finest tale-spinning the subgenre has to offer delivers hours of exhilarating reading.” (Booklist )
“One of the best anthologies ever assembled by this most prolific of science fiction editors....” (Joe Haldeman )
Top Customer Reviews
My five favorite stories in this book made me rethink my approach to my job:
"The Lost Princess Man" by John Barnes demonstrates how to conduct a job interview with a con man in a high-tech dictatorship.
"Defect" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch shows how to resign from a job as an undercover assassin--and how to resign ourselves to the consequences.
"Chameleons" by Elizabeth Moon reminds us what it is like to babysit a pair of bratty kids.
"The Tale of the Wicked" by John Scalzi evokes those feelings we sometimes have that our office computers are really running things--and that their errors are intentional.
"The Far End of History" by John Wright emphasizes the dangers of becoming romantically involved with someone at work--especially when different versions of both of you play so many different roles that it's hard to keep them straight.
Two more stories weren't among my favorites, but get an honorable mention for succeeding as "space opera" while making fun of it. Cory Doctorow's "To Go Boldly" made me laugh harder about Star Trek than I have since reading Terry Bisson's Galaxy Quest. And Mike Resnick's "Catastrophe Baker and a Canticle for Leibowitz" pokes enjoyable fun at the handsome heroes and shapely sirens of truly bad space opera. Can't wait to see the comic book version.
It's a good collection. Read and enjoy.
This collection was somewhat spotty for me, some good stories, a number of so-so's and a few duds.
1. Utriusque Cosmi - Robert Anton Wilson
2. The Island - Peter Watts
3. Events Preceding the Helvetian Renaissance - John Kessel
4. To Go Boldly - Cory Doctorow
5. The Lost Princess man - John Barnes
6. Defect = Kristine Kathryn Rusch
7. To Raise a Mutiny Betwixt Yourselves - Jay Lake
8. Shell Game - Neil Asher
9. Punctuality - Garth Nix
10. Inevitable - Sean Williams
11. Join the Navy and See the Worlds - Bruce Sterling
12. Fearless Space Pirates of the Outer Rings - Bill Willingham
13. From the Heart - John Meaney
14. Chameleons - Elizabeth Moon
15. The Tenth Muse - John Williams
16. Cracklegrackle - Justina Robson
17. The Tale of the Wicked - John Scalzi
18. Catastrophe Baker and a Canticle for Leibowitz - Mike Resnick
19. The Far End of History - John C Wright
How you find these stories will depend on what you look for in space opera. My preference is not for classic space opera, but rather stories crafted in a wide universe, far in the future. Stories which are just set in this future, but whose protagonists are all to contemporary just do not work for me. Neither does technology that is used as stage props.
The stories I really liked were:-
To Raise a Mutiny Betwixt Yourselves
From the Heart
The Far End of History
In particular, I really loved "The Far End of History", a story that strongly evoked a far future, glimpsed darkly, yet richly textured. I hope to read more of this future.Read more ›
Among the tales that stand out are "Utriusque Cosmi" by Robert Charles Wilson. Here a woman is whisked away at the moment of Earth's total destruction by an alien race where she learns that the universe is nothing like we've ever imagined. A truly exquisite tale of the far...far future. The best story in the book!
"To Go Boldly" by Cory Doctorow is a somewhat outlandish parody of Star Trek that I think non-Trekkies will enjoy more than the ardent fans.
"Catastrophe Baker and a Canticle for Leibowitz" by Mike Resnick. Yet another parody story, this time of Walter M. Miller's famous sci-fi tale. The story of an adventuring hero who thinks with the "wrong" head when it comes to women who goes on a quest for said Canticle...for Saul Leibowitz.
"The Tale of the Wicked" by John Scalzi is the harrowing tale of a starship captain pursuing an enemy vessel only to find the supercomputer on his own ship has stopped taking orders. Think of this as Star Trek meets 2001: A Space Odyssey meets I, Robot.
Bill Willingham's "Fearless Space Pirates of the Outer Rings", is another winner. As with most anthologies The New Space Opera 2 is a mixed bag but the good stories outnumber the weaker one's by a wide margin and the best one's are really well done. I would not be surprised if a few received award nominations...perhaps not Hugos or Nebulas, but certainly some degree of recognition would not be surprising.
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If you like Space Opera, you'll like this. Well worth the 4 dollars for the Kindle version, hours of mind-expanding stories.Published on April 10, 2014 by Jon Reilly
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If you're a fan of space opera (as I am) you'll likely be both happy and dissatisfied with this book. Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Steven Woodcock
The New Space Opera 2 is one of the 2 best anthologies of science fiction stories that I have ever read - and I have read MANY of them. Read morePublished on March 9, 2012 by B. Landry
A few standouts, some real big duds, and the rest mediocre. Overall rating: B-
"Utriusque Cosmi" by Robert Charles Wilson. Read more