Solaris Book of New Science Fiction

Solaris Book of New Science Fiction

by George Mann
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The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.