Saturday, May 26, 2007

New Ceres 2 - Alisa Krasnostein

This time I had a look at some of the world information listed.

New Ceres is in the 82 Eridani system, and space travel happens but technology is tightly controlled on the actual planet, so horses and sail modes of transport are used. If anyone is familliar with Peter F. Hamilton's Reality Dysfunction, then the planet that makes the really, really expensive 'Tears' grog is somewhat similar, politically.

The stories are again all good. This is really quite surprising, but it did look like a good lineup. That is 100% so far for above average stories over the 2 issues. Quite impressive, none being of the 3.5 maybe 3 type, only perhaps Lake's 'A Tower To the Sun' a tossup which way the score went as far as 3.5 or 4, so call that 3.76 if you like.

Some old fashioned mystery, some silly, some humour, and even poignancy.

Mist and Murder - Lucy Sussex
A Tower To the Sun - Jay Lake
Sufficiently Advanced - Stephen Dedman
The Bride Price - Cat Sparks

Droll detective dame finds spooks suspicious, suggests science instead.

4 out of 5

A dying monk ensures his successor is a good choice, amidst some really extreme methods to get a better suntan.

4 out of 5

A brothel has a case of do the robot for me, then do me, or even just do the robot, which is against the technology laws. Commonsense dealing is required.

4 out of 5

A man of the New Ceres noble class out to procure a suitable wife encounters refugees on his flight home, and shows class nobility.

4 out of 5

Again, I'd be interested in reading the next one.

4 out of 5

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