Meeting Infinity • 2015 • SF anthology by Jonathan Strahan


Summary: 16 views at a “future shock“, or the impact of profound change on human beings. Most authors developed the topic to post-human stories with social elements. Once again, a terrific lineup of authors including names like Bruce Sterling, Kameron Hurley, Nancy Kress, Ian McDonald, or James S.A. Corey. It is Strahan’s fourth anthology installation of what he calls “Fourth Generation of SF” which started with Engineering of Infinity (2010) and was carried on with Reach for Infinity (2014). The anthology series developed an overall very good quality, although I liked the previous volumes better.

One thing that I’m ambiguous about is the change of format to paperback size – although it enhances readability, it doesn’t fit well with the far smaller previous books in this series.

I liked nearly all of the stories, some were great, only a few misses. There wasn’t an outstanding story, but a couple of very good ones, my favourites were

  • Pictures from the Resurrection by Bruce Sterling
  • Memento Mori by Madeline Ashby
  • My Last Bringback by John Barnes
  • The Falls: A Luna Story by Ian McDonald

One story, I didn’t like: Aspects by Gregory Benford


  • ★★1/2 • Rates of Change • short story by James S. A. Corey • transplanting brains into designer bodies •  review
  • ★★★ • Desert Lexicon • short story by Banjanun Sriduangkaew • survival cyborg troop dies rapidly • review
  • ★★ • Drones • short story by Simon Ing • bees are extinguished and women as well • review
  • ★★★ • Body Politic • short story by Kameron Hurley • cyborg torturer • review
  • ★★1/2 • Cocoons • short story by Nancy Kress • microscopic spiders transform humans into half-zombies • review
  • ★★★ • Emergence • short story by Gwyneth Jones • life-extension, emotional A.I.s, Jupiter moons • review
  • ★★ • The Cold Inequalities • short story by Yoon Ha Lee • A.I. answer to Godwin’s “Cold Equations” • review
  • ★★★★ • Pictures from the Resurrection • short story by Bruce Sterling • Mexican ninja-zombie satire • review
  • ★1/2 • Aspects • short story by Gregory Benford • download anchestral knowledge to survive • review
  • ★★★★ • Memento Mori • short story by Madeline Ashby • second hand body agent gets stalked • review
  • ★★★★ • All the Wrong Places • short story by Sean Williams • trying to get back his love in very many places • review
  • ★★★ • In Blue Lily’s Wake • short story by Aliette de Bodard • a Xuyan mindship died of the plague • review
  • ★★ • Exile from Extinction • short story by Ramez Naam • escape from Earth • review
  • ★★★★ • My Last Bringback • novelette by John Barnes • one of the last natural borns is expert at curing Alzheimer • review
  • ★★★1/2 • Outsider • short story by An Owomoyela • cyborg slave culture encounters a remnant of the free people • review
  • ★★★★ • The Falls: A Luna Story • short story by Ian McDonald • first generation of moon children and an A.I. suffering from fear of death • review
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