Solaris Book of New Science Fiction

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An eclectic collection of all-original science fiction stories from some of the foremost luminaries in the genre. Featuring new tales of far future murder, first contact, love and war from such well-regarded and award winning authors as Peter F. Hamilton, Stephen Baxter, Adam Roberts, Jeffrey Thomas, Eric Brown, Paul Di Filippo, Neal Asher, Jay Lake and Ian Watson, this collection is sure to delight all fans of good science fiction. "A wide range of topics and diverse styles characterizes this enjoyable ...

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Overview

An eclectic collection of all-original science fiction stories from some of the foremost luminaries in the genre. Featuring new tales of far future murder, first contact, love and war from such well-regarded and award winning authors as Peter F. Hamilton, Stephen Baxter, Adam Roberts, Jeffrey Thomas, Eric Brown, Paul Di Filippo, Neal Asher, Jay Lake and Ian Watson, this collection is sure to delight all fans of good science fiction. "A wide range of topics and diverse styles characterizes this enjoyable collection of science-fiction stories. While mediocre science fiction fails to work on any level other than the conceptual, the best of the stories in this new Solaris anthology successfully navigate both conceptual and emotional territory... Editor Mann has gathered a collection that should appeal to science-fiction buffs, and make a worthwhile introduction for novices. Stands as proof that science fiction is alive and well." Kirkus Discoveries, VNU US Literary Group

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Described as a "sampler of the future" by George Mann in the collection's introduction, The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction is the historic first release from Solaris, the new science fiction/fantasy imprint of England's BL Publishing.

Featuring 16 never-before-published short stories from genre luminaries like Peter F. Hamilton, Stephen Baxter, Paul Di Filippo, Ian Watson, and Neal Asher, this inaugural offering derives its power from its impressive thematic diversity. Hamilton's "If at First…" is a hard-boiled futuristic thriller featuring a veteran detective and a burglary case that involves the space-time continuum; "Four Ladies of the Apocalypse" by Brian Aldiss reworks Armageddon; and Di Filippo's "Personal Jesus" envisions a future where everyone owns a godPod -- a direct link to the Divinity Himself. Other noteworthy selections include "In His Sights" by Jeffrey Thomas, who revisits his signature realm of Punktown with an irony-filled splatterfest, and Asher's "Bioship," a strangely haunting story reminiscent of his novel The Skinner, where mariners aboard a sentient ship get in touch with their dark sides…

The launch of Solaris Books is nothing short of a godsend for genre fans on both sides of the pond who are searching for the ever-elusive "good stuff." If this exceptional anthology is any indication, the future of Solaris Books looks very bright indeed. Paul Goat Allen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844164486
  • Publisher: Rebellion
  • Publication date: 1/30/2007
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

George Mann is the editor of The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and the author of two SF/Fantasy novels. He lives and works in Nottinghamshire, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2007

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    This appears to be the first in what will hopefully be a long-running series of sci fi anthologies. If this is an acid test of current sf standards, then the genre has absolutely nothing to fear. Here are my opinions on each story: In His Sights- This is quite a spooky story which reminds me of scenes in films like Alien. It has an unexpected, tragic twist at the end. Bioship-The good guys receive help in their hour of need from an unexpected ally. C-Rock City-A spaceman takes an uncomfortable look at his past. The Bowdler Strain-A cute little comic SF story about a particularly mischievous little virus. I couldn't swear to it, but I think you'll enjoy it! Personal Jesus-Made me think twice about buying an I Pod! If At First...The protagonist tries, tries again in this time travel yarn, but never *quite* succeeds. A Distillation of Grace-Many years ago Arthur C. Clarke wrote The Star, a classic short story about the real meaning of the Star of Bethlehem. Here's another, rather different, interpretation... Last Contact-It's the end of the universe as we know it-and Middle England faces up to it with stiff upper lip, stoicism and afternoon tea. Cages-The imprisonment of humankind by aliens has been tackled a thousand times before. But not in quite this way... Jellyfish-I did not like this very esoterical story as much, but some may. Maybe you have to be an sf writer... Zora and the Land Ethic Nomads-Beware strangers...but there IS a happy ending. Four Ladies of the Apocalypse-Apocalypse in the beginning, now, and forever, world without end... The Accord-More fantasy that sf, but an enjoyable yarn about a traveller who is not what he seems. The Wedding Party-More horror than sf, a Frankenstein derivative which is thoroughly contemporary. The Third Person-It's a matter of perspective... The Farewell Party-Jonestown is a village in West Yorkshire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2007

    A few good stories, a lot of bad ones

    A mostly typical science fiction short story collection. I bought it because I haven't read a science fiction collection in a while, and I wasn't surprised by this one. By far the best stories here are Jellyfish, about a neurotic author who doesn't take care of himself very well and writes a story about giant alien jellyfish, and Four Ladies of the Apocalypse, a very short story about the female counterparts to the horsemen of the apocalypse confronting the last great dictator. A few other good ones are The Bowdler Strain, where a logovirus is released which makes people talk gibberish when they curse, Personal Jesus, where everyone has a godPod instead of an iPod, and A Distillation of Grace, where a kid threatens to do centuries of hard, holy work on a private planet. The other ones are almost unbearable and not worth mentioning.

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