Saturday, March 29, 2008

Transhuman - Toni Weisskopf and Mark L. Van Name

I was quite pleasantly surprised with this anthology. I suspected it might be a little ordinary, but for an original anthology that is certainly not the case. It weighs in with a 3.55 average. Certainly a few stories are just your generic 3's, but in this case, tend to the better end of average, I think. This is balanced by two excellent stories, and a couple of good, so a higher percentage of this book is at the upper range.

A good range of types of story to be found here from outright silly, to space opera, to creepy.

The first three stories are also online, and include a couple of the better ones.

Van Name's introduction points out, talking of the stories "all share two traits: they are entertaining stories, something we of course required of all submissions, and they are fundamentally optimistic, something we did not demand but were quite pleased to discover."

That is not to say everything is nice and tea and bikkies rosy in all of these by the remotest stretch, though, and on the whole, not too much different to the content of other anthologies, in general.

Transhuman : FIREWALL - David D. Levine
Transhuman : REUNION - Mark L. Van Name
Transhuman : THE GUARDIAN - Paul Chafe
Transhuman : BEING HUMAN - Wen Spencer
Transhuman : IN COMMAND - John Lambshead
Transhuman : G@vin45 - Daniel M. Hoyt
Transhuman : HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS - Ester M. Friesner
Transhuman : SOUL PRINTER - Wil McCarthy
Transhuman : WHOM THE GODS LOVE - Sarah A. Hoyt
Transhuman : WETWARE 2.0 - David Freer
Transhuman : ESCAPE - James P. Hogan

Lunar network Lockdown AI conjunction operation.

4 out of 5


"Download Anxiety Syndrome".

3 out of 5


Software routine investigation run upgrade surprise.

4 out of 5


Digital women difference.

3 out of 5


Goblin Night fight.

3.5 out of 5


Past Blankety-Blank time.

3 out of 5


Security xmas theatre contest.

3 out of 5


Dangerous art keepsake trirotica academic revolution.

4.5 out of 5


Keeping out of the pot, at length.

3.5 out of 5


Barknet matrix takedown teamup. With Laphroaig chaser.

4.5 out of 5


Condemned erasure Adonis implanting.

3 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

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