Saturday, November 27, 2010

Shine - Jetse De Vries

Updated - I was wrong, there is an ebook now - at least mobi, Amazon, Books On Board, etc. At the start of the year when I bought it and noted it there wasn't, as I would have bought that.

An anthology that was better than I thought it would be, given the lineup and being original, coming out at a very nice 3.59. Or somewhere between 4.25 and 4.5, basically. Impressively done. Kudos to Solaris too, for giving this a shot when generally speaking, the usual multinational offshoots just will not anymore. However, to partially alleviate that there is an excellent associated website. There are links to a couple of stories online (Yunye and Kenyon) anda podcast of the Tidhar piece. Plus some other excerpts and supporting stories of similar quality.

However, it also includes some twitter microstories of relevance, and introductions from an editor that is passionate about the project, which makes it even more pleasant to read. Also some non-fiction references.

Also, the settings range around the world, something that American editors, deliberately or not, often have great problems with. Therefore, we clearly need more Dutch editors. :)

Plus, it has Alastair Reynolds. And his story is extremely funny, and rather different to all the others, so a definitely excellent change of pace work in the middle, there.

Interestingly, he says most of the writers around are pathetically incapable of writing a story along these lines - which is odd, given as they say, ideas are a dime a dozen.

Anyway, just about a textbook example of how to do it, I think, compared to the usual hopelessness from Penguin or Macmillan or whoever that are so uselessly unprofessional they cannot even manage a table of contents.

I thought this book would be decent - so when it hits around the excellent mark and is a great price currently you really should buy it.

Having read hundreds of anthologies it isn't often that I want to revisit one soon afterwards, Shine is definitely one such.

Shine : The Earth of Yunhe - Eric Gregory
Shine : The Greenman Watches the Black Bar Go Up Up Up - Jacques Barcia
Shine : Overhead - Jason Stoddard
Shine : Summer Ice - Holly Phillips
Shine : Sustainable Development - Paula R. Stiles
Shine : The Church of Accelerated Redemption - Gareth L. Powell and Aliette de Bodard
Shine : The Solnet Ascendancy - Lavie Tidhar
Shine : Twittering the Stars - Mari Ness
Shine : Seeds - Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Shine : At Budokan - Alastair Reynolds
Shine : Sarging Rasmussen: A Report by Organic - Gord Sellar
Shine : Scheherazade Caught in Starlight - Jason Andrew
Shine : Russian Roulette 2020 - Eva Maria Chapman
Shine : Castoff World - Kay Kenyon
Shine : Paul Kishosha's Children - Kenn Edgett
Shine : Ishin - Madeline Ashby

Metanation seed.

4 out of 5

Posthuman plan power lack.

3.5 out of 5

Lunar Last Resort.

4 out of 5

Parked fountain.

3.5 out of 5

Robots. Smashing.

3.5 out of 5

AI uplift thinktank recruit.

3.5 out of 5

Vanuatu tech leapfrog.

3.5 out of 5

Iridium fetching alien bacteria eating surprise.

4 out of 5

4.5 out of 5

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