Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Supermen : Tales of the Posthuman Future - Gardner Dozois

This is Supermen in the SF sense. Although in tales like Brother Perfect, there are, indeed, your standard superhumans. Then you have stories like Mortimer Gray's History of Death, a look at immortality and death, which definitely does not fall into the prior category, so a variety. These two stories form part of longer works, or when edited became parts of books. There is certainly a broad range here, from some talented authors.

Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 01 The Chapter Ends - Poul Anderson
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 02 Watershed - James Blish
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 03 Slow Tuesday Night - R. A. Lafferty
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 04 Aye and Gomorrah... - Samuel R. Delany
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 05 Nobody's Home - Joanna Russ
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 06 The Hero as Werwolf - Gene Wolfe
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 07 Halfjack - Roger Zelazny
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 08 Dancers in the Time-Flux - Robert Silverberg
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 09 Spook - Bruce Sterling
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 10 Understand - Ted Chiang
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 11 None So Blind - Joe Haldeman
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 12 Mortimer Gray's History of Death - Brian Stableford
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 13 Brother Perfect - Robert Reed
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 14 A Child of the Dead - Liz Williams
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 15 Nevermore - Ian R. MacLeod
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 16 The Wisdom of Old Earth - Michael Swanwick
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 17 Toast A Con Report - Charles Stross
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 18 The Gardens of Saturn - Paul J. McAuley
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 19 Grist - Tony Daniel
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 20 Fossil Games - Tom Purdom
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 21 The Wedding Album - David Marusek
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 22 Steps Along the Way - Eric Brown
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 23 Border Guards - Greg Egan
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 24 Homo Sapiens Declared Extinct - Bruce Sterling
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 25 A History of the Human and Post-Human Species - Geoffrey A. Landis
Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future : 26 The Great Goodbye - Robert Charles Wilson

Last person off Terra please close the door and prepare for mutation.

4 out of 5


Seal Man gives lecture on change and equality, minority basic types grumpy.

3.5 out of 5


There really are Morning People. Whenever you sleep, get rich quick.

4 out of 5


Gender altered space workers provide exotic rough trade on shore leave.

3 out of 5


Only smart girls at parties, please.

4.5 out of 5


Postapocalyptic necrophiliac cannibal culture.

4 out of 5


Cyborg bodyglove = get no love.

4 out of 5


Travelling titan tutors Dutch bloke.

3 out of 5


Super spies not like us.

4.5 out of 5


A man with brain damage is given a hormone treatment that has the effect of increasing his intelligence, only in this case it doesn't wear off, but keeps going.

When he takes another dose, even further. So much so, avoiding all the spooks is trivial. However, he comes across another man like himself, and one with different aims, and now both of them have superhuman intelligence and body control.

4.5 out of 5


Supergenius, you see. Not.

4 out of 5


Immortal's morbid mortality research.

3.5 out of 5


Two of the oldest of a family of superhuman overlords of the galaxy have plans for their youngest sibling. With stellar screwups.

4 out of 5


Computers are too old school.

3.5 out of 5


Arty unreality.

2.5 out of 5


Posthuman a tad fragile on holiday.

3.5 out of 5


Retrogeekgeargabfest.

4.5 out of 5


Dodgy woman and programmed pilot no match for meal ticket fat boy's multiple mum.

4.5 out of 5


Ferret girl proves vital in time tweaking titans massive personality conflict.

3.5 out of 5


Even for poor man's posthuman asteroid ship bailout, politics is problematic.

4 out of 5


If you think the only intelligent conversation you can get is talking to yourself, Sim Polis is the place for you.

3 out of 5


Astronaut revival futureshock.

3.5 out of 5


It is about human immortals, and how they deal with people and society when living so long. One man joins back into life, and meets the best quantum soccer player going around, and loses a friend.

The discovery is made is that she is one of the earliest immortals, instrumental in posthuman travel to other planets, and knows what death is actually like, and has to work out how to relate to the new people.

Now, I can't get this story out of my head, like happens with songs sometimes, so, I am upgrading this, 5 stars, given I reread it recently and hadn't read it for quite a wihle.

And, as far as Australian goes, as far as pixel-stained technopeasant wretches, well, I'd hate to be caught paraphasing the Devil Went Down to Georgia, but, he's the best there's even been.

5 out of 5


The old grey matter. Who needs it?

4 out of 5


Post-Humans coulda used a few garden variety homo sapiens ecologists.

4 out of 5


See ya later granddad, you stock old bastard.

4 out of 5




4 out of 5

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