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Eclipse 2: New Science Fiction And Fantasy (Eclipse: New Science Fiction and Fantasy #2)

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An eclipse is a rare and unusual event, when the world is transformed and the sky becomes a dark eldritch thing. It's a time when anything could happen, when any kind of story just might be true. That sense of the strange and wonderful guides Eclipse: New Science Fiction and Fantasy, the second volume in an exciting new annual anthology series edited by acclaimed anthologi ...more
ebook, 202 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Night Shade Books (first published March 1st 2001)
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Stories Jonathan Strahan likes round two: more scifi, fewer women. I picked through this over several months, so random impressions from stories actually interesting enough to remember:

Ted Chiang, "Exhalation": The reason I picked up the collection, and totally worth it. Classic Chiang, if a bit didactic in that way he can pull off. I won't bother trying to describe it, because it's available here and you should all go read it.

Stephen Baxter, "Turing's Apples." Classic Baxter: interesting Big Id
Of course I bought it for the Chiang story and read it first. And it´s sublime, as usual, just perfect. Though I am pretty sure I am missing theories about what universe it really describes (chromium sphere?).

Of the rest I am trying to read by order:

The Hero by Karl Schroeder - me shallow but did not get into at the first pages and quit.

Turing´s Apples by Stephen Baxter - oh dear, the future it describes looks more like what the 20th century expected the 21st to look like. Pop singles being top

Just a great collection and all that Eclipse 1 promised but did not quite deliver for me - Eclipse 1 had good tales but they ran towards slipstream and fantasy and there it's hit or miss.

Eclipse 2 is solidly sf and has brilliant masterpiece stories from Tony Daniel, Ted Chiang, superb stories from A. Reynolds and David Moles and great stories from S. Baxter, J. Ford, K. Scholes, T. Dowling and P. Cornell with the rest not that interesting for me, but the stories that connected did so big time (
Ted Chinag's story was awesome. Others were pretty good and a couple of stinkers..
Noah M.
I've read about half of the stories in this anthology, so unless the other half are absolute shit I feel comfortable in rating it.

Ted Chiang, Alastair Reynolds, and Stephen Baxter all have wonderful, interesting stories in there. Especially the Ted Chiang story "Exhalation." God that was amazing.
Worth it for Peter Beagle's "The Rabbi's Hobby". Also includes Ted Chiang's Hugo-nominated "Exhalation", and many other fine stories. Margo Lanagan's "Night of the Firstlings" could be an excerpt from the Ace double novel "God of Chaos/Thing With Three Souls".
A pretty decent collection. One or two standouts, several clunkers, mostly stories that were at least "good." Great value, at least, since it was $2.
Excellent. Each story contains an amazing thought experiment.
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