Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Furthest Horizon - Gardner Dozois

A good anthology, at 3.50, a bit over the 3.75 mark to round up. The title suggests the theme, which is stories set a long way into the future, whether on Vance's Dying Earth, or in Smith's Instrumentality Of Mankind.

So says the editor: "Most science fiction takes place in the future, but even within the genre, few writers have ever had the imagination, poetic skills, and visionary scope to write convincingly about the really far future, and stories of that sort, which usually take place at least thousands and often millions of years from now, are among the rarest in science fiction."

The Keith Roberts story is set in the world of one of the incarnations of Moorcock's Eternal Champion, to wit, The Ice Schooner. So that was an interesting find.

I certainly do prefer the more recent stories to the older ones in this book, particularly Williams and McDonald, along with Robert Reed to pick the next.


Furthest Horizons : Guyal of Sfere - JACK VANCE
Furthest Horizons : Old Hundredth - BRIAN W. ALDISS
Furthest Horizons : Alpha Ralpha Boulevard - CORDWAINER SMITH
Furthest Horizons : Day Million - FREDERIK POHL
Furthest Horizons : Bumberboom - AVRAM DAVIDSON
Furthest Horizons : Coranda - KEITH ROBERTS
Furthest Horizons : Nightwings - ROBERT SILVERBERG
Furthest Horizons : Pale Roses - MICHAEL MOORCOCK
Furthest Horizons : Anniversary Project - JOE HALDEMAN
Furthest Horizons : Slow Music - JAMES TIPTREE, JR.
Furthest Horizons : The Map - GENE WOLFE
Furthest Horizons : Dinosaurs - WALTER JON WILLIAMS
Furthest Horizons : The Death Artist - ALEXANDER JABLOKOV
Furthest Horizons : Sister Alice - ROBERT REED
Furthest Horizons : Recording Angel - PAUL J . McAULEY
Furthest Horizons : Genesis - POUL ANDERSON
Furthest Horizons : The Days of Solomon Gursky - IAN McDONALD

Inquistive adventurer finds bunches of info.

3 out of 5


Bear shoulda got it.

2.5 out of 5


Hard to believe in France.

3 out of 5


Stored love.

3.5 out of 5


Dwerf Juggernaut shot.

3 out of 5


Ice Mother unicorn kill, Snow Princess.

3.5 out of 5


Guild breeding cycle invasion.

4 out of 5


Werther, a bit down, looks for something new.

3 out of 5


Literary analysis requires very old fashioned help.

3.5 out of 5


We went down to The River and into lust.

3.5 out of 5


Not coming back.

3 out of 5


Evolution specialisation inflexibility devastation.

4.5 out of 5


Please kill the real me, I deserve it.

3.5 out of 5


Young posthuman conflict training.

4 out of 5


Personality variations don't quite cut it, universal aims are worth a shot though.

4 out of 5


Bigarse AI can be slack, sneaky corner-cutters.

3.5 out of 5


Dead rebellion expansion.

4.5 out of 5



4 out of 5

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