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Waiting for the Machines to Fall Asleep

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26 short stories from the new wave of Swedish speculative fiction writers.

Forget about cheap furniture, meatballs and crime fiction. Sweden has so much more to offer. Waiting for the Machines to Fall Asleep includes twenty-six stories from the new generation of Swedish writers of science fiction and the fantastic. Stories ranging from space horror and post-apocalyptic nigh
Paperback, 324 pages
Published May 6th 2015 by Affront Publishing (first published January 1st 2015)
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Heena Rathore P.
Note: I received a paperback copy of this book by the editor in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely enjoyed all the stories in this book (for individual ratings see below.) This book is so much more than just an anthology. It was an experience. So many different stories, so many unique concepts and such amazing writing styles - this book has everything to be a brilliant read.

There were some stories that literally made me feel dreadful thinking about what might have happened (Lost And Foun
Thomas Strömquist
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Lots of ups and downs in this collection of 26 short stories. I've been at it a quite long time and won't be able to even mention all the stories. There are a few that sticks out for me (more about them below), but the overall rating is definitely brought down by some that I did not care for at all. The common problems include; too much resemblance to known works, grand ideas that fall flat due to being cut way short in this format, way too improbable constructs and the very common unhappy endin ...more
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: international
In an effort to expand my reading horizions (until the last decade or so, my reading habits were pretty insular), I've been consciously trying to find and read more non-fiction books, as well as fiction from various cultures from around the world, and I've been richly rewarded by that decision.

Thus, I've been privileged to read some extraordinary anthologies over the last few years, and this book (along with the "Lairs of the Hidden Gods" horror quartet) has certainly catapulted itself to the to
Joe Crowe
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
All anthologies have the tough task of making consistent quality. This one has over two dozen stories, so that increases the odds of a bad story trickling into the mix somewhere.

Instead, all the stories are pretty good. That does not happen. I mean that as a compliment.

None are over-long. They bounce from survival horror to hard science to tense drama.

The tone of most of the stories is the same: Something sci-fi happens and the protagonist faces it sternly. There's little humor. It's all pret
Seregil of Rhiminee
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Waiting for the Machines to Fall Asleep is an impressive and well-edited anthology of new Swedish science fiction stories. I was pleasantly surprised by this anthology, because it contained quality stories.

Swedish authors have already proven themselves capable of writing thrilling crime fiction. Now they prove themselves capable of writing intriguing science fiction that has both style and originality. This fascinating anthology gives speculative fiction read
mad mags
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it
A Mostly-Solid Batch of Swedish Speculative Fiction with a Few Standouts

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic copy of this book for review from the publisher. Trigger warning for rape and violence.)

Short story collections are always a little tricky to rate, especially when there are a number of different contributors. In Waiting for the Machines to Fall Asleep, there are exactly twenty-six. The unifying factor? All are Swedish authors, and the anthology has a speculative fiction/scifi/f
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really nice collection of short stories. Of course not everyone was my cup of tea, but all of them had either beautiful language or fascinating concepts, or a combination.

Also a great gift to introduce foreign friends to some Swedish authors.
Lenora Good
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Let's get the legalities over with right up front—I was furnished a copy of this book for an honest review.

I love short stories, especially SF/F and when asked to read and review this collection, I jumped at the offer. The anthology contains 26 short stories, of which I enjoyed all but two — which is really pretty good. And, no, I'm not going to tell you which two I didn't care for, because they might turn out to be your favorites.

Totally unfamiliar with the authors, I wasn't sure what to expect
Julie Powell
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was asked to read this collection of science fiction /fantasy/ horror-type experimental and speculative stories and found them to be fascinating and well written.

Recognisable concepts are explored, such as organic v machine and what makes something 'alive', while some stories delve into more sinister thinking.

My favourites were To Preserve Humankind and The Mirror Talks, although all the tales were intriguing and thought provoking.

Worth a look as they do not stick to rigid and boring formulas
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SF fans
Good SF from some of the best newer Swedish authors.
A greet intuitive...
Dawn Vogel
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
(This review originally appeared at Mad Scientist Journal.)

Waiting for the Machines to Fall Asleep, edited by Peter Öberg, is an anthology containing science fiction and fantastic stories by Swedish authors. This anthology is jam packed with 26 stories, so there’s likely to be something for everyone among them.

Some of the stories are especially dark, while others have a more light-hearted approach. “To Preserve Humankind,” by Christina Nordlander, is a particularly creepy story about what the ro
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Some really great stories, others that didn't do anything for me and others ranging from ok to good. ...more
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Personal Rating

Review written for and published by Portland Book Review on February 5th:

Waiting for the Machines to Fall Asleep is a collection of science fiction short stories. What makes this book a must-read for science fiction fans is that these stories are all written by authors from Sweden; this is an opportunity for the English speaking audience to see how a different culture can influence their favorite genre. The book includes twenty-six stories and runs the gamut of themes and styl
Alex Telander
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
When people think of Sweden a number of cliche thoughts and preconceived notions come to mind. When they think of Swedish authors, they are likely two that come to mind: Stieg Larsson of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and John Ajvide Lindqvist of Let the Right One In. One is a thriller writer, the other horror, but what about speculative fiction?

In Waiting for the Machines to Fall Asleep readers get to experience the genres of science fiction and fantasy in this fascinating anthology from the l
Rob Wolf
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There's far more to Swedish literature than Pippi Longstocking and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. That's the message Peter Öberg is trying to send the English-speaking world through their contributions to Waiting for the Machines to Fall Asleep (Affront Publishing, 2015), a collection of short stories by Swedish authors. Apparently, science fiction isn't taken very seriously in Sweden, hence Öberg's desire to reach an English-speaking audience. I had an interesting conversation with two of the ...more
Eva Holmquist
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: This review doesn't include my own short story in the collection (Keep Fighting until the Machines Fall Asleep)
There are some really great stories in this collection. My favourites are:
- Melody go the Yellow Bard
- The Rats
- Vegatropolis- City of the Beautiful
- The Order of Things
- To Preserve Humankind
- A Sense of Ful Play
- The Damien Factor
- Wishmaster (even though it didn't read as science fiction to me, it was a great fantasy short story)
- Mission Accomplished
- The Road
- Outpost Eleven
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Various stories of sci-fi and horror

Peter Oberg has collected twenty-six short stories from the new wave of Swedish speculative fiction writers of science fiction and fantasy. These stories range from space horror to post-apocalyptic nightmares to tender dramas; stories with steampunk horses, android uprisings and cheeky goblins. There is such a variety that the reader can just browse from one to another. The reader will be enticed and entertained as s/he jumps from one story to another. Sweden
Margrét Helgadóttir
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Many of the tales circle around ethical questions connected to the relationship between humans and machines. Though there is disappointingly little about this book that screams “Swedish”, except for the nationality of the authors and the editor, I would still recommend the book for all lovers of science fiction, because the tales told are a really good read. Read my review of the anthology over at The Future Fire here. ...more
The E
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
So I took my time reading this, like I do most books these days, but it was very good. For the size of the book I was impressed with the variety of visions of the future, both in quantity and diversity.

A few of the stories seemed needlessly hopeless, but there were also a number of dystopias that shone forth a glimmer of hope.

In nearly all cases the writing is excellent. Some of the characters were uninteresting, but in most of these cases their stories or settings compensated.

It's a compellin
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So far so grim. The opening story is insane, a slow-burning punch in the gut.

A third of the way through the anthology but it seems like every story thus far (save one) has a not-so-happy ending...
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