Sunday, November 21, 2010

Before They Were Giants - James L. Sutter

An odd idea for an anthology, pick a bunch of first stories from some writers. Not 'famous first stories' or anything, just first stories, whether they were written later or actually are 'juvenilia' as Stross calls his.

So several poor stories and a few average ones, too. Not what you want to build a reprint anthology around, some coming out as ordinary, on average.

There's a little extra here as each writer answers a set bunch of questions. The most entertaining perhaps about how Salvatore came up with his dark elf character off the cuff as his editor needed it for a sales meeting with a few minutes warning. Lots of this is 'who cares' for anyone not interested in being a writer - that is, most of us.

Before They Were Giants : Possible to Rue - Piers Anthony
Before They Were Giants : Destroyers - Greg Bear
Before They Were Giants : A Long Way Back - Ben Bova
Before They Were Giants : Just a Hint - David Brin
Before They Were Giants : Craphound - Cory Doctorow
Before They Were Giants : Fragments of a Hologram Rose - William Gibson
Before They Were Giants : Mirrors and Burnstone - Nicola Griffith
Before They Were Giants : Out of Phase - Joe Haldeman
Before They Were Giants : Highway 61 Revisited - China Miéville
Before They Were Giants : The Coldest Place - Larry Niven
Before They Were Giants : In Pierson's Orchestra - Kim Stanley Robinson
Before They Were Giants : The Guy with the Eyes - Spider Robinson
Before They Were Giants : A Sparkle for Homer - R. A. Salvatore
Before They Were Giants : The Boys - Charles Stross
Before They Were Giants : Ginungagap - Michael Swanwick

Roc me, dad.

2.5 out of 5


Destroy 'em. It pays.

3 out of 5


For power space station.

2.5 out of 5


Falling apart separately.

3 out of 5


A human and alien have a rivalry over trash and treasure and other market collecting.

4 out of 5


Movies feel real.

3 out of 5


Bye, Jinks.

3.5 out of 5


Massive death poetry to power.

3.5 out of 5


Nyookliah after communication.

3 out of 5


Ship brain Mercury trip.

3 out of 5


Master It.

2.5 out of 5


Will destroy us all, if not sleeping.

3.5 out of 5


Giant hobbit perv.

2 out of 5


Want to live here?

"Repeat after me: Death to the imperialist zionist ronin, the lackeys of neo-humanist cladisticians, and the discorporeate running-dog zaibatsu. I swear to follow the decree of the hezbollah and the shogunate in all things, to abide by the shari'a, to follow humility and modesty as a law for the rest of my natural life, and to refrain from acts of treason against the corporation ..."

Yeah, me either. The Posthuman Front don't sound like a fun bunch.

3 out of 5


Black hole alien visiting lady bomb is decapitated. Sense of self maintained, now becomes filthy rich spider liaision.

4.5 out of 5




2.5 out of 5

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