Category Archives: Anthology

Robot Artists and Black Swans • 2021 • SF collection by Bruce Sterling

Introduction by Neal Stephenson: BRUCE STERLING can do something I cannot, which is write short fiction. Just now it is an enviable superpower for a writer to possess. The last few years have been infamously challenging for anyone trying to … Continue reading

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Burning Chrome • 1986 • Cyberpunk collection by William Gibson

★★★★★ Summary: William Gibson, Grandmaster of SF, published some 20 short stories in his long writing career since 1981. Half of them found their way into this 1986 collection. They are representative of his works in the 1980s given that … Continue reading

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The Best of Walter Jon Williams • 2021 • Mixed Genre Collection by Walter Jon Williams

★★★★☆ Walter Jon Williams surfed the Cyberpunk wave in the 1980s, but never committed to one particular subgenre. This collection has twelve of his story spreading over 600 pages and demonstrates the variety in his styles. The reader never gets … Continue reading

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The Best of Elizabeth Hand • 2021 • Mixed Genre Collection by Elizabeth Hand

★★★☆☆ I always like to pick up a collection by Subterranean Press, because they often abduct me from my usual reading habits and introduce me to authors I haven’t experienced before. Elizabeth Hand is well-known, has won a large number … Continue reading

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2020 Locus Recommended Reading List

At the start of each year, Locus publishes a consensus list from several editors, columnists etc (like Strahan, Horton, Clarke,…) a list of recommended readings of the last year. My post for 2019 is here. Now, the new one for … Continue reading

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Two Reading Projects: Dozois’s Best of the Best novellas and The Wheel of Time

The Wheel of Time Seven years ago, I finished the decades long journey of the 14 volumes series by Robert Jordan. I never thought to return any way soon, as it’s a really huge time investment with over 4 million … Continue reading

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The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction • 2019 • SF anthology by Gardner Dozois

★★★★★ Dozois published 35 annual anthologies with his selection of the best SF stories of the previous year. He concentrated those 35 books even further down to three volumes by selecting the best of those: The first anthology covering 1983-2002, another … Continue reading

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Reading Project: The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction • 2019 • SF anthology by Gardner Dozois

Dozois published 35 annual anthologies with his selection of the best SF stories of the previous year. He concentrated those 35 books even further down to three volumes by selecting the best of those: The first anthology covering 1983-2002, another one … Continue reading

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Wie künstlich ist Intelligenz? • 2020 • SF Anthologie von Klaus N. Frick

★★★+ Ein neuer Kleinverlag „Plan9“ bemüht sich um SF und veröffentlicht diese 10 Kurzgeschichten in einem Band unter dem Thema der Künstlichen Intelligenz.Da mich dieser Hype beinahe täglich im Arbeitsumfeld umgibt, interessiert mich der kreative Umgang von SF Autoren damit. … Continue reading

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Passages • 2020 • Valdemar Fantasy anthology by Mercedes Lackey

★★★☆☆ When I chose this anthology, I wanted to learn about Valdemar, the world created by Mercedes Lackey. Having nothing read by her, I felt intimidated by the vast number of novels written in this setting, didn‘t know if the … Continue reading

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