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Extreme Planets: A Science Fiction Anthology of Alien Worlds

(Sunflower Cycle #3 - Giants)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Two decades ago astronomers confirmed the existence of planets orbiting stars other than our Sun. Today more than 800 such worlds have been identified, and scientists now estimate that at least 160 billion star-bound planets are to be found in the Milky Way Galaxy alone. But more surprising is just how diverse and bizarre those worlds are.

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Mass Market Paperback, First edition, 356 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Chaosium Inc. (first published December 2013)
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Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review for "Giants" by Peter Watts -

A very solid entry in Peter Watt's audacious Sunflower Cycle. This series has really captured my imagination, and with Watts' outstanding flair for weaving unholy hard science together with hair-raising stories, it has been a thrilling ride. A hollowed out asteroid with an embedded singularity and a few thousand, mostly frozen, meat sacks on an endless tour of the galaxy on a mission to lay down a network of jump gates. Oh, and the sentient, but dumbed down (o
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
"It astonishes me, the degree to which people torture reason. Just to protect their precious preconceptions."
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
My least favorite installment of Sunflower Cycle. Here is why:
1. Continuity issues
If the narrator is Victor, then it's confusing because (view spoiler). But if it's not Victor, then it's also confusing because (view spoiler).
2. Ridiculous aliens
Or maybe it was all a fa
Paul Bard
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Conclusion (for now) to the story sequence. Excellent!
Kam Yung Soh
Mar 24, 2014 marked it as to-read
- "Banner of the Angels" by David Brin and Gregory Benford
- "Brood" by Stephen Gaskell
- "Haumea" by G. David Nordley
- "A Perfect Day off the Farm" by Patty Jansen
- "Daybreak" by Jeff Hecht
- "Giants" by Peter Watts
- "Maelstrom" by Kevin Ikenberry
- "Murder on Centauri" by Robert J. Mendenhall
- "The Flight of the Salamander" by Violet Addison and David Smith
- "Petrochemical Skies" by David Conyers and David Kernot
- "The Hyphal Layer" by Meryl Ferguson
- "Colloidal Suspension" by Geoff Nelder
- "Super
D.L. Young
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great collection of new and established authors in this anthology. Timely topic as well, with the explosion of the discovery of exoplanets in recent years. The stories provide insights into the challenges humanity will face in exploring and colonizing new worlds. I don't read a great deal of hard SF (I tend to get bored / frustrated with lots of hard SF...Yeah, yeah, liquid planet made of whatever gas, I get it. I don't need a chemistry lesson disguised as a story), but this collection is a fine ...more
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Watts, Peter. Giants. Sunflower Cycle No. 3. Clarkesworld Magazine, Sept. 2014. Creative Commons license.
The mutiny on the deep-time web-building ship Eriophora is long over. Two crewmembers are wakened to supervise a passage through an unusual star system. During the uprising, they were on different sides. Can they trust each other or the AI that pilot’s the ship? In terms of the internal chronology, Giants seems to tall between Freeze-Frame Revolution and The Island.
Javier Bernedo López
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: relatos
Y con este relato concluyo las historias de Sunflower.

Una auténtica gozada. Cronológicamente, habría que leerlos en el siguiente orden:

The freeze-frame revolution
La isla

Espero que algún día los traduzcan y los publiquen todos juntos.

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David Conyers is science fiction author and editor from Adelaide, South Australia. He has a degree in engineering from the University of Melbourne, and today works in marketing communications. David’s fiction has appeared in magazines such as Albedo One, Ticon4, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Book of Dark Wisdom, Lovecraft eZine and Jupiter, as well as more than twenty anthologies. His pre ...more

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