Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Futures - Peter Crowther

Crowther traces the development of his SF reading in the introduction, and looking for wonder, but this is one of the statements he finishes with: "What the great supporters of the field have always said is true: science fiction is the literature of ideas. Here are four more ... but they are four covering a whole host of styles and images and approaches to the field. Space Opera, Future Civilizations, Alien Invasions, Scientific Advancement, Political Chicanery, Human Relationship and even Police Procedural-they're all here. But then they would be ... because those are what science fiction is all about."

A rare sort of anthology this one, all novellas. A good one, too, at 3.50.

Futures : Watching Trees Grow - Peter F. Hamilton
Futures : Reality Dust - Stephen Baxter's
Futures : Making History - Paul McAuley's
Futures : Tendeleo's Story - Ian McDonald

War torture story.

3.5 out of 5

Who is scared of who, why?

3 out of 5

A Kenyan woman and her community come to terms with an alien infestation, as the outsider who fancies her adapts as well.

4 out of 5

Caesar murder, by Jupiter.

3.5 out of 5

4 out of 5

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