- Series: Solaris Book of New Science Fiction (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Solaris (February 24, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184416599X
- ISBN-13: 978-1844165995
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 3.6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,070,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Vol. 3 Mass Market Paperback – February 24, 2009
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"Rescue Mission" by Jack Skillingstead. Sentient biosphere drugs astronaut. Rescue follows. That's pretty much it. D
"The Fixation" by Alastair Reynolds. I'm becoming a fan of his. The Antikythera Mechanism and the many worlds hypothesis. B+
"Artifacts" by Stephen Baxter. Another brilliant piece from this "hard science" fiction writer. What I like about him is that he often infuses his stories with the human element, making them much more than just an extrapolation of a neat scientific idea into story form. Often sad and melancholy (as this is) but always great. A
"Necroflux Day" by John Meaney. A science fantasy piece about the strange power source of a civilization. B
"Providence" by Paul DiFilippo. Sentient robots talking like twelve-year-olds after us fleshy "carnals" have been destroyed and the robots get "high" off of vinyl records. And what an anti-climatic ending. Give me a break! C-
"Carnival Nights" by Warren Hammond. Police procedural/crime noir set in the far future. What happens when you augment someone too much? B
"The Assistant" by Ian Whates. Somewhat like "The Fixation" in that it uses alternate realities to do stuff in this reality. This time it's nano-engineered bugs. B
"Glitch" by Scott Edelman. The glitch is that some robots believe in mythical creatures called "humans.Read more ›
Extrapolate the instant feedback of popularity polls, add "sensate matter" which can be reprogrammed to assume any configuration, and you have the sport of "competitive urban planning" which is the subject of Paul Di Filippo's humorous "iCity". The hero of Kay Kenyon's "The Space Crawl Blues" is facing, like many a science fiction protagonist before him, technological obsolescence. Personal teleportation is on the brink of rendering starship pilots like him unnecessary. Teleportation converts the body to mere information, but whom do you trust to edit that information and based on what criteria?
Chris Roberson's "Line of Dichotomy" is part of his alternate history imagining the past and present dominated by the empires of Mexica and the Middle Kingdom. Here their struggle comes to Fire Star, our Mars. It's a classic story of a group desperately fleeing pursuit across hostile terrain. The unresolved ending tries too hard for something else, but, apart from that, the story was enjoyable. Robert Reed's "Fifty Dinosaurs" really only has three dinosaurs, some giant microbes, and one human. Their response to their peculiar origin has a charming, surreal quality to it.
Many of these stories mix humor and action. More on the humor side are two installments in Neal Asher's Mason's Rats series.Read more ›
Curiously, many of the stories seem twinned, thematically or in images or feel, with other stories. The "gothic suspense" of John Meaney's "Necroflux Day" with its story of family secrets in a world where fuel and information are stored in bones is also conveyed, better, in the gothic "A Soul Stitched in Iron" by Tim Akers. The latter story has an aristocrat, fallen on hard times, tracking down a putative murderer that's upsetting a crime lord's plans. That murderer happens to be an old friend of the protagonist, and the killer's motives involve subterranean secrets that underlie the status of a noveau riche clan. Meaney's story didn't do much for me. Akers interests me enough to that I'm going to seek out his Heart of Veridon set in the same city.
Alastair Reynolds' "The Fixation" and Paul Cornell's "One of Our Bastards Is Missing" are both, loosely defined, alternate history. Reynolds' story has a scientist restoring the Mechanism, very much like our Antikythera Mechanism - an ancient clockwork computer. In her world, while the Romans found no practical use for the Mechanism, the Persians did and founded the predominant power of the world. However, other universes are also interested in their versions of the Mechanism and prepared to vampirically leach its information structure from other universes to facilitate a complete restoration.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first book had some great stuff in it. I was very excited to get my copy of book 2.
Just awful. Even my favorite author Neal Asher had a weak story. Read more
The title of this book clearly tries to capitualize on the popular sci-fi motion picture "Solaris" and the underlying work, but nothing could be further from the truth. Read morePublished on April 15, 2008 by M. Saint-Germain
A considerable improvement on last year's anthology, average 3.43 compared to 3.34, with no disappointments. Read morePublished on April 12, 2008 by average