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Gregory Benford, one the great SF writers of our day, has assumed the mantle of editor to produce an ambitous hard SF anthology: Far Futures. Many of the fields's greatest works concern vast perspectives, expanding our visions of ourselves by foreseeing the immense panorama of time. This anthology collects five orignal novellas that take the very long view, all set at
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 28th 1997 by Tor Books (first published 1995)
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There's something profoundly alienating about being a woman in 2015 and reading science fiction 20 years old. Especially hard sci-fi.

This is the thing about this subgenre, for me: the ideas may be weird and wondrous, the technology artfully extrapolated, the projections of human futures fascinating... but I will never be able to get past the fact that most hard SF writers never apply all that fabulous imagination to human relations and cultures. In hard SF, technology advances but society
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Springuyen
Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
A little disappointing. "At The Eschaton" is the highlight. Skip the rest.
Frederick Gault
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Mind bending far-future stuff . . . really worth the read.
Abran Peralta
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this years ago, so I will not say that it is a great book. But I can say I enjoyed as much as any acclaimed 'great' book I've ever read.

My favorite story is Poul Anderson's Genesis, vast collective intelligences come to remember Earth and find that the uploaded collective based on Earth has recreated biological humans to live on Earth.
For me, a particularly pleasing conceit of the story is the simultaneous investigation by 3 levels of the same intelligence - a collective intelligence
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David C. Mueller
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-anthologies
This collection contains one of the best science fiction novellas I have ever read, "Historical Crisis" by Donald Kingsbury. It is the compelling story set in a universe very similar to Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" series. As a loving tribute to Asimov's best known science fiction work, the author has created a story that reads like a Asimov "Foundation" novel while while still being up to date with the developments in science and technology since the "Foundation" novels were published. Kingsbury ...more
Nick
The haldeman novella is IMO is one of the best he has written to date. That alone makes this collection.
Matthew
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Some of the finest hard science fiction I have read.
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Gregory Benford is an American science fiction author and astrophysicist who is on the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine.

As a science fiction author, Benford is best known for the Galactic Center Saga novels, beginning with In the Ocean of Night (1977). This series postulates a galaxy in which sentient organic life is in constant warfare
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