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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  10 reviews
With the Craigslist of the future, apply for a job on Mars. In the maps of the past, learn the secrets of using dessicated penguin feet as an explorer of the Antarctic. These are just two of the voyages you will take in these pages, just a pair of the places you have been online. Featuring stories by legends such as Peter S. Beagle and Nancy Kress, speculative fiction star ...more
Paperback, 295 pages
Published December 23rd 2009 by Wyrm Publishing (first published November 15th 2009)
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Feb 16, 2010 Alan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The young and impatient
Recommended to Alan by: Its cover, its title and its editor
There's a way to beat Sturgeon's Law, and it is to collect, to distill, to filter out the crud until you have synthesized something that beats the odds. I won't pretend that I thought every story in this anthology was a winner, but the percentage is very high. Take the itchy inventiveness of Mercurio D. Rivera's "Snatch Me Another," which adds a brilliant little bit of speculative technology to human characters who probably would act just that way. Or the way Jason Stoddard takes two small and p ...more
Beth Chandler
Clearly I need to explore the world of online science fiction and fantasy further. This collection had a delicious array of inventive speculative fiction. "Air and Angels" painted a gorgeously realized early-20th-century culture, "Snatch Me Another" was chillingly realistic in its portrayal of human abuse of a new multiple-universe technology, "First Rites" was pure beauty amidst the grittiness of the near future, and...explore all these stories for yourself. The stories are more imaginative and ...more
I got this for $2 at Goodwill bookstore, a deal.
The best of this bunch is Peter Beagle's that's a retelling through Japanese fairytale. Docotorow's piece is my second favorite and it comes pretty close to MacLeod's Execution Channel. WTH, Bernobich's Air and Angels: is assumed no one knows The Women That Men Don't See, and a new author can just plagiarize blatantly with impunity, and presumption no one will know or notice. I liked Girl-Prince, too. I really disliked the Hal Duncan.
Like most compilations, there are some hits & misses here. Overall I found them enjoyable though. My favorite was probably "Snatch Me Another", which strokes my fetish of "here's a revolutionary scifi invention, let's look at the moral/societal ramifications of it".
Above average for a story collection without a real theme. Though I skipped the first story after a couple of pages, the next one made me glad I kept reading, and on the whole these stories are excellent.
This is an excellent set of stories. I didn't relate to all of them, but I could see that they were good. I especially loved the last one (okay, maybe I was biased because of the title).
Excellent book. I rated it 4.6 stars, which when rounding up, makes it 5 stars! I may add the individual story ratings later.
Josh Storey
Love the Hal Duncan story, and the Cory Doctorow one. On hold with my other short story collections.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Interesting concept. Almost all of the stories were good and interesting; some were even better than good.
Some really excellent new sci-fi stories here; I was disappointed when they were all gone.
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