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Identity Theft and Other Stories by Robert J. Sawyer
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May 17, 09

bookshelves: science-fiction, short-stories
Read in May, 2009

I had not paid attention when I picked the book up and thought I was reading an anthology of identity theft stories though was puzzled as the individual authors were not being credited and why the anthology editor kept writing about himself so much. It was only after a few stories that I realized it’s a collection but it also shows how good Robert Sawyer is at writing in a “different hand” for each story. The first few stories are about identity theft in one form or another.

All of the stories are science fiction with one exception which is “Driving a Bargain” which would be a haunting or horror story. Many of the stories are thought provoking and in that sense are the best of what science fiction should be. My favorite was “Flashes” which explores a possible consequence to an intelligent alien race deciding to send messages to Earth that are essentially the contents of a galactic encyclopedia.
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