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Reach for Infinity

(Sunflower Cycle #2 - Hotshot)

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An original collection of new short science fiction from the biggest and most exciting names in the genre. The latest in the Infinities collections edited and comissioned by multiple award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan.

What happens when humanity reaches out into the vastness of space? The brightest names in SF contribute new orginal fiction to this amazing anotholog
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Solaris (first published May 25th 2014)
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Bradley
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-shelf, sci-fi
Disclaimer:

I'm not reading the entire collection. I'm reading only Peter Watts story, Hotshot.

This wonderful reviewer here: Claudia's Review has pointed out that this is not a standalone story. She's even provided a link to the author's website for the other stories (free to download) as well as the suggested reading order. Thank you!

As a matter of fact, this is the first story in the timeline for Watts' Sunflower cycle, starting off the mission from Earth and aiming for a little trip across SO
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Claudia
Read only Hotshot by Peter Watts so far, as part of Sunflower series.

Publication order is: The Island (2009), Hotshot (2014), Giants (2014) and The Freeze-Frame Revolution (June 2018).

Best to be read in this order: Hotshot, The Freeze-Frame Revolution, The Island, Giants.

This is the one in which we learn about the mission start of Eriophora and more about Sunday. We also get to know Kai (view spoiler)
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Mona
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall rating: 4

I was initially skeptical about this anthology of science fiction short stories, as I’d gotten it primarily to read Peter Watts’ “Hotshot” after I’d perused his stunning novella, “The Freeze Frame Revolution”. But I decided that since I had the book, I might as well read the other stories in it. I’m glad I did, because it turned out to be a wonderfully varied collection by a diverse group of talented authors. The audio was equally well done, as the audio readers were as diverse
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Peter Tillman
Another good collection of originals, by the reliable Jonathan Strahan. Overall, 3.5-ish stars, rounded up. This was the third in his "Infinity" series, http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pe.cgi?3...
TOC (etc) for this one: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?4...

● Break My Fall • novelette by Greg Egan. Egan devises a new-to-me scheme for interplanetary transport. A mishap dooms a ship. The crew, and a clever 12-year-old girl, must devise a rescue plan — and fast. 3.7 stars.
● The Dust Queen • short s
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Ian Mond
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
What’s It About

It’s the third anthology in Jonathan’s Strahan’s Infinity series. This one collects 14 short stories from writers like Ellen Klages, Adam Roberts and Karen Lord. It focuses on humanity taking the next big step forward – whether that be colonising Mars, coming to terms with Artificial Intelligence or the challenges of travelling in a generation ship.

Should I Read It?

Absolutely yes. While Jonathan might be a friend, I say without prejudice and bias that he is a magnificent anthologi
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Lori L (She Treads Softly)
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reach for Infinity is the highly recommended third anthology of hard science fiction short stories in the Infinity series edited by Jonathan Strahan. The first two are Engineering Infinity and Edge of Infinity.

In the 14 short stories Strahan includes, he writes: "Many of the stories take place on Earth in the next hundred years, looking at points in time where people, or a person, look to make a critical difference and push forward towards something greater. Some of them take snapshots from plac
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Linda Robinson
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Read the stories written by women first, and enjoyed each. The Dust Queen by Aliette de Bodard is excellent, as is Wilder Still, The Stars by Kathleen Ann Goonan. Wilder Still is superb and I'd like to read it as a novel covering the crew's ongoing adventure. 14 stories, 6 by women is a good assortment. I'm not accustomed to reading short stories, but I'm learning that, like most things, the story ends. Just a little faster than a novel. And reading a collection like this opens a world of writer ...more
Michelle Morrell
A collection of short stories that watch as humanity extends into space. As with most anthologies, some stories were spectacular and some didn't speak to me at all. I appreciated the extrapolation and acceptance of alternative life views, and I always like an excuse to dabble in hard scifi, which I don't normally gravitate to.

One of the Philip K Dick award nominees, worth reading but as always, the nature of a collection of short stories from multiple authors rarely completely satisfies, there'
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Florin Constantinescu
Mar 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
At one point I was going to rush and buy all anthologies supervised by J.Strahan.
This one made me rethink that strategy.
Half a week after I finished it I could not remember a single idea or character from it. All I could remember was longing for each particular story to be over.
Odo
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, ebook
Best anthology of original SF stories in years.
Paul Weimer
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
http://skiffyandfanty.com/2014/06/19/...
My review at Skiffy and Fanty
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Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
An anthology of original fiction is based around the premise of humanity spreading out into space. This is the third in the Infinity anthology series, with the first two being Edge of Infinity and Engineering Infinity.

For an anthology it feels short at just fourteen short stories, even though together they clock in at 352 pages – a decent size for a book. From well known authors and with Strahan’s seal on the deal, you’re confident in knowing that you’re going to have a worthy collection in fron
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Milliebot
May 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Publication date: May 27, 2014
Let me start off by saying I received a free copy of the e-book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book contains 14 short stories regarding humanity in space, reaching farther than the Earth and moon, struggling to create new communities and dealing with new technology. Strahan describes the collection in his introduction:

"Many of the stories take place on Earth in the next hundred years, looking at points in time where people, or a person, look t
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Katya
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
We don’t always appreciate that life is precarious.

Reach for Infinity was a reminder that it is.

A collection of hard science fiction, the anthology aims to stay scientifically consistent and doesn’t tiptoe around the more technical details of its subject matter. This meant that throughout its 350 pages, I was reminded, again and again, just how fragile the balance of life is, how many comforts we take for granted, and just how much effort must be put in to sustain it as we explore the Universe.
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Barbara
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
As with any collection a mix of good, great and merely OK stories.

Break My Fall - Greg Egan: **
This probably deserves an extra star. The method of space travel sounded like a neat idea, but I didn't fully understand it, not even after the protagonist had explained it to the 10 year old. I'm also not sure how it ended. I think I know what the last sentence meant but I couldn't swear to it. But it's not Greg though, it's me. I read it in bed when I was already half asleep.

The Dust Queen - Aliette
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Alan
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third collection of the Infinity Project it is the first one I have completed with others waiting in my TBR "stack" of Kindle books. While all are decent stories, some are better than others. Decide for yourself which is which as my tastes are going to be different from yours. High marks overall on the theme of exploring man going out into space.

I love story anthologies because one can dabble into individual stories in short spans of time going about life. In the midst of filling in short block
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Kelly
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent set of high technology science fiction stories. After reading this you may want some of this technology to become reality and others to never be invented.
Charl
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: y2018
Tasty, sharp, titanium steel Hard Sci Fi at it's best.
Reuben Robert
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
loved it
Spinwallah
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I bought it in order to have the sunflower cycle (peter watts) in its entirety. im not much into sci-fi collections but this was pretty good, well worth a pop.
Paul Morisset
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shorts
Rating for ‘Trademark Bugs: A Legal History’ by Adam Roberts
Grigory Lukin
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Reach for infinity" is yet another interesting anthology of hard (or at the very least mildly squishy) science fiction. Edited by Jonathan Strahan, it features mostly optimistic stories of humanity in space. The sub-genres vary from hard science fiction with sleek metal androids to tales for young adults. All of them are beautifully written, guaranteed to appeal to just about any audience and provide a refreshing humanist perspective on the frequently dark and gloomy tropes of science fiction.

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Zeb Kantrowitz
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
This edition of Strahan’s Infinity series deals with striving and reaching for the next elusive state in the development of earth or the colonized worlds. What’s that? It relates to a time when a person or persons, make a critical difference and push forward to try and create something greater.

You invent the elusive FTL (faster the light) engine that will allow ‘man’ to go anywhere in the Universe. How do you make sure that it’s not ‘’weaponized” or becomes a monopoly of a Company? How to ensur
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Outis
One of the best topical anthologies... which isn't saying much.
It keeps amazing me how most genre authors not only can't write hard SF but can't even stick to a topic (in this case humanity "trying to get off Earth"). The ones who contributed to this anthology are among the best, as is the editor but there's still plenty of duds in it.
It's sad that it was so predictable that the only authors who wouldn't miss the mark in some way would be Egan, Nagata and Reynolds (though the latter has loaded h
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Gavin Gates
Nov 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Strahan is, to my limited sci fi knowledge, one of the in the genre today, coupled up with noteables of similar esteem such as (a personal favourite) Alastair Reynolds ‘Reach for infinity’ had some serious depth available.
‘Reach for Infinity’ is the third in a series of sci fi and in this one the theme seems to be based around the strength of the human spirit and the need to get off earth, all of the stories included are set to take place within the next 100 years (roughly.) As a serious, hard
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Marco Stabile
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it
It's a collection of 14 hard science fiction stories, each one with its own flavour; wether if you like to see that the angular momentum is conserved, tragedies that turn up into tears, or the irony of humanity in outer space, you'll find something suitable. The point is that it's hard SF, but nothing more. It's a picture of what SF writers can do at the moment, and I think that a book with a title like this could offer something more.
Overall it's a nice collection of stories, some of them very
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Laura
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
solid collection of hard sci-fi that is set in time when humankind is pushing out of the boundaries of earth, but is still confined within the solar system. i enjoyed each story, but my least favorite actually ended up being the reason i picked up the collection in the first place. i was excited for a new hannu rajaniemi tale but what i got was hannu doing italo calvino, so obviously not horrible but also not what i wanted. among the rest it's difficult to pick a favorite. the topics and voices ...more
Crusader
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, 2014-read
Reach for Infinity has a stellar array of both authors and stories that explores humanity grasping for a place amongst the stars. Beautifully written, captivating, touching, but most importantly filled with that unique sense of wonder only great science fiction can provide. Don’t be scared off by the hard science fiction label. Science is used to set the stage, but these stories are overflowing with human emotion and spirit even if it sometimes takes unexpected forms. Read full review ...more
Steven
Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
More duds then bangs in this one. I love hard scifi. But one story had so much techno babble that I had a hard time telling if they succeeded or died at the end. I read anthologies to discover new authors. The few that I liked, I already knew. I will read more collections by this editor as this one gets the least favorable reviews.
Mouldy Squid
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A bit uneven, but enjoyable enough. The stand out stories are by the usually suspects. McLeod, Reynolds, Schroeder and Watts. Not the best of the "Infinity Series" of anthologies edited by Jonathan Strahan, but worth the price of admission particularly for four authors listed above.
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