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Synergy SF: New Science Fiction Hardcover – September 2, 2004
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Synergy normally refers to a merging of disparate forces to create something unexpected and surprising, whether for good or ill. In the latest volume of an anthology series that editor Zebrowski resurrects from the 1980s, synergy operates mostly benignly in stories and essays that blend strikingly original ideas and equally innovative narrative voices to provoke thought and show off the genre's cutting edge. As in the previous four editions, quality counts for more than variety, and name authors are eschewed in favor of such relative unknowns as Janeen Webb, whose "Red City" follows the fate of a spoiled socialite who tumbles back in time to ancient India, and Eleanor Aranson, who contributes a tale ostensibly written by an alien and annotated by a human. Two stories by Australian rising star Damien Broderick, two essays on the genre's state-of-the-art, and two interviews, the better of which features the renowned Ray Bradbury, round out a volume that sf connoisseurs won't want to miss. Carl Hays
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