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Solaris Rising: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction (Solaris Book of New Science Fiction #4)

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Solaris Rising presents nineteen stories of the very highest caliber from some of the most accomplished authors in the genre, proving just how varies and dynamic science fiction can be. From strange goings-on in the present to explorations of bizarre futures, from drug-induced tragedy to time-hopping serial killers, from crucial choices in deepest space to a ravaged Earth ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Solaris (first published January 1st 2011)
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Miloș Dumbraci
Jan 29, 2017 Miloș Dumbraci rated it liked it
A smart well mannered uprising of the dead – Ian McDonald – 1/5 uniteresting and I hated the disjointed narrative style
The incredible exploding man – Dave Hutchinson 3/5 well written and starts great but ends up underwhelming
Sweet spots – Paul di Filippo 1/5 seems written by a 14 yo boy, with 14 yo obsessions and sense of humour
The best science fiction of the year three – Ken MacLeod 5/5 nice alternate world with a smart twist; also, great to read in 2017 (it is about intellectuals having to fle
Oct 14, 2011 Simon rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories, sf
It's that time of year again. No, not bath time (that's in the summer), but time to immerse myself in an array of modern, brand new SF instead of the classic variety that I usually find myself wallowing (and thoroughly enjoying).

This book marks the resurrection of the "Solaris New Book of SF" series that ran for three volumes and then ended when, I believe, Solaris changed hands and the then editor of the series George Mann left. I read the last volume in the old series (see here), enjoyed it ve
Nov 10, 2011 Mieneke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, 2011
Solaris Rising: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction has a very exciting line-up of contributors. It's the perfect way to get a taste of some of today's most exciting SF voices. The only ones from this collection I've read work from before are Eric Brown and Peter F. Hamilton. So for this relative SF newbie this anthology was quite a treat and a great way to expand my acquaintance with today's SF writers.

Before I get to some of the separate stories, I wanted to touch on what reading this anth
Dec 31, 2011 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical
The main reason I choice this book as my old school friend Richard Salter had become a writer and by most accounts his current best piece of work could be found in Solaris Rising. He is obviously very proud to feature in the same collection as Alastair Reynolds, Peter F. Hamilton, Stephen Baxter, etc etc.

Of course I jumped straight to Richard's story "Yestermorrow" first and read his deliciously bittersweet story about living in a time fractured near future where each day experienced is in a ran
M.G. Mason
Nov 10, 2014 M.G. Mason rated it liked it
I realise I am late in the day with this review. The Solaris series after all is now an annual event and this first one came out three years ago. I bought it in 2012 when it was on kindle daily deal and have only just got around to reading it now. The collection boasts such modern science fiction giants as Ian McDonald, Ken Macleod, Peter F. Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds so the question we all want an answer to is whether it lives up to that level of expectation.

I won’t summarise all of the sto
Jun 27, 2012 Raj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, short-stories
Of the 19 stories in this collection, I loved some, liked most of them and only disliked two or three. That's a pretty good hit rate for the collection. Unfortunately, the misses for me were some of the big names: I completely failed to get Tricia Sullivan's The One That Got Away and Pat Catigan's You Never Know just perplexed me. But on the up side, I adored Keith Brooke and Eric Brown's Eternity's Children about a man wracked with guilt as he goes to destroy a colony's entire way of life; Alis ...more
Elizabeth Hunter
Jul 19, 2012 Elizabeth Hunter rated it really liked it
Overall, this was a good collection of stories by some very exciting writers. Unlike several of the other reviewers, I quite enjoyed Pat Cadigan's "You Never Know" and found "Eternity's Children" heartbreaking without being sentimental. I bought this primarily for Alastair Reynolds' "For the Ages" and while the concept is interesting on many levels, the story failed for me in its characters--while I do appreciate him writing non-pornographic SF about lesbians, I didn't believe those two would ev ...more
Feb 16, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on the gorgeous cover art (Solaris really does have the best artists and designers on the market now) I was expecting more space stories, but most of them are down to earth, literally or figuratively. I was not disappointed by the quality, however. There was only one story I did not like. There were a couple others I didn't quite understand but which were still interesting. Most everything else was great. I look forward to seeing what Whates has collected for the next two volumes, which I' ...more
Nov 19, 2011 Tom rated it it was ok
Too much low grade stuff to make this really recommendable but there are some flashes of brilliance in there.
High points for me: Tricia Sullivans fabulously grimy and oblique 'The one that got a way', Dave Hutchinsons's 'The Incredible Exploding Man' and Paul di Filippo's 'Sweet Spots' really stick in my memory.
Overall: adequate.
Simon Harvey
May 29, 2012 Simon Harvey rated it liked it
2011 anthology of new SF short stories varying massively in quality. On the whole the disappointments (especially the normally great Mike Resnick) are outweighed by the stunners (Richard Salter, Keith Brooke/Eric Brown, Alastair Reynolds).
Philip Hollenback
Oct 26, 2011 Philip Hollenback rated it it was amazing
One of the best scifi anthologies I've read in a long time. Filled with unusual and unexpected stories.

I will admit that I am enough of a pathetic die-hard fan that I got this anthology off the back of its inclusion of an Alastair Reynolds story; others in the contents page also grabbed my attention, of course, so it wasn't a completely ridiculous buy. Since saying farewell to Last Short Story I have got interested in reading anthologies again - well, actually, I was never very interested in anthologies before LSS introduced them to me, and then a few years of that burnt me out. Anyway, I was dea
As I will have the full FBC rv soon which I will c/p it here, just some notes starting with my updates on sffworld:

I read the Hamilton story which is the last and while short and not really sf, works very well as a self-parody (famous writer that penned the hugely popular and quite explicit sf door stopper series Day's Twilight (!!!) gets in trouble over a long ago story) and the Adam Roberts story which features another crazy explanation of a sf trope, this time the paradoxes of time travel and
Nov 06, 2016 Dave rated it liked it
Pretty solid 3.5 stars. Most stories where 3 stars, with several 4, with only one or two clunkers.
Jun 11, 2012 Louise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Had some good short stories but mainly abit weak
Ilmari Vacklin
A few mediocre stories mar the otherwise interesting collection. One story on the Kindle version is missing the space after every tenth word or so.
Mar 05, 2015 Josh rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Collection of sci-fi short stores. Entertaining.
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Aug 04, 2014 Lee Pfahler rated it really liked it
I have read only Eric Brown and Keith Brooke's novelette "Eternity's Children". I am a big fan of Eric Brown and like his emphasis on redemption and reconciliation in his stories.
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Ian Whates lives in a comfortable home down a quiet cul-de-sac in an idyllic Cambridgeshire village, which he shares with his partner Helen and their pets – Honey the golden cocker spaniel, Calvin the tailless black cat and Inky the goldfish (sadly, Binky died a few years ago).

Ian’s earliest memories of science fiction are fragmented. He remembers loving Dr Who from an early age and other TV shows
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