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The New Space Opera

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    OK, not great

    Good anthology. Enjoy most of the stories. Skipped 3 or 4 after a couple of pages. None really seemed to stand out.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    A wonderful read

    Every story was good. That in itself says all.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

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    Great Stories / Great Authors

    This all star line up of authors includes many of my favorites and some of the best currently working in the field including: Robert Silverberg,Ian MacDonald, Greg Egan, Peter F. Hamilton, Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter, Gregory Benford, and Dan Simmons.

    I've only recently started reading collections of short science fiction stories instead of entire novels and I've been disappointed in the overall quality I've found. This was the first collection were I enjoyed every story. It also helped introduce me to new authors whose works I'll now seek out.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    18 Stories they way I remember them.

    Today, Sci-Fi extends over a lot of different genres: Cyberspace, psychological, fantasy, etc. These stories bring back to mind the type of writing that I remember when I first started reading Sci-Fi in the 60s. They all take place in space (or at least extra-terrestrial), and involve relationships with aliens, quite often confrontational. Above all, they point out distinct human failings, which, I think, is their main point. BTW, my favorite was "Muse of Fire" by Dan Simmons, followed closely by "Glory" by Greg Egan.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    rare gem of sci-fi anthology

    This is one of the greatest anthologies I've read. Each stories are memorable, each authors are showing off their writing styles, plots, characters. I've enjoyed this book from the first story to the last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    Well written and true to the genre

    The title "The New Space Opera" sold itself...then the list of authors in the collection caught my eye (I would have bought it just for an Alastair Reynolds 'Revelation Space' story). Almost to a fault, these stories made technology and location secondary to the characters' situations and responses. But even in a supporting role, the settings in space and time were executed very O. Henry scientific end-of-story plot resolutions. This was a collection I hated to see end...I hope an follow-up anahtology is in the works.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great space opera anthology

    In the Introduction to this anthology consisting of eighteen original contributions, the definition of the space opera subplot is discussed with various sources like the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, the New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (Jack Williamson contribution), and Locus (Paul McAuley article) defining it. Each has similarities yet differences, but this strong anthology summarizes space operas as ¿romantic adventure set in space and told on a grand scale¿. Thus there is plenty of room for a myriad of tales with the vastness of space and the subjective definition of grand. This is exactly what the audience receives in this superb compilation as the authors using their own personal definition of space opera to provide excellent tales differing in locale, scope, and supporting scientific theory. Even the tones are dissimilar as some are life and death struggles to survive a dying system (¿Verthandi¿s Ring¿ by Ian McDonald) or a war (Greg Egan¿s ¿Glory¿) vs. an amusing Poe play on Mars (¿Maelstrom¿ by Kage Baker). The role of earthlings also varies from the conquered to the conqueror. The bottom line is editors Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan and their eighteen authors provide the grand tour of space with strong characterizations starring in short stories written on a grand scale. --- Harriet Klausner

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