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Isaac's Universe based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Overall another good short story collection. More like 3.5 stars than 4. The first two stories, Breakups and One Man's Meat, seemed familiar to me but I'm pretty sure I haven't read this volume before. They were also probably the two strongest stories. Fighting Words and Eyeball Vectors were also good, just not as compelling as their counterparts in previous volumes. Unnatural Diplomacy wasn't bad, either. Liquid Assets was my least favorite. Breakups by Harry Turtledove was good little story revolving around an artifact discovered in space. We Finally get to meet the Samians! At last, we find out something about the Samians other than they simply look like a big block. It's not a whole lot more, but it's a start. One Man's Meat by Lawrence Watt-Evans was about a robot used to infiltrate a foreign society when previous attempts using living beings failed. Fighting Words by Janet Kagan was the follow up to vol. 2's Winging It. Now, there are two Crotonite embassies on LostRoses, but one is in trouble with the homeworld for having undesirables on staff. This causes a crisis for the citizens of LostRoses. Not as emotional as Winging It, but still good. Water of Life by George Alec Effinger was about a Cephalonian that crashlanded on another planet and it's struggle to get rescued. This involved not just the physical necessities needed to escape to safety, but the moral dilemma of using other intelligent life forms as a resource. Eyeball Vectors by Hal Clement is the follow up to Phases in Chaos in Volume 2. This time the Cedars are with two Cephalonians caught in a situation in which they need to figure a way to escape, but for which they don't have enough power/speed, and no communications equipment to call for help. Liquid Assets by Rebecca Ore is about smuggling by an interspecies group. Not my favorite story, it just didn't grab my attention. Unnatural Diplomacy by Karen Haber revolves around a Crotonian ambassador who goes off the deep end. An interesting take on the stresses of the job. The paperback version I have sat in a warehouse for twenty years and the pages were quite brittle along the top and many of them broke off. Luckily this didn't involve any of the text. There were a few spelling errors/typos throughout the book, and page 26 is missing nearly an entire line.