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Enter A Future: Fantastic Tales from Asimov's Science Fiction

Enter A Future: Fantastic Tales from Asimov's Science Fiction [Kindle Edition]

Robert Silverberg , Daryl Gregory , Nancy Kress , Mary Rosenblum , Sara Genge , Gord Sellar , Kristine Kathryn Rusch , Robert Reed , Connie Willis , Allen Steele
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This anthology opens with Connie Willis’s highly amusing and Hugo-Award-winning novella, “Inside Job,” and closes with Robert Silverberg’s poignant Hugo-winning novelette, “Enter a Soldier. Later: Enter Another.” In the “locations” between these captivating stories you’ll find exciting and richly rewarding tales by some of today’s best-known SF writers and several of its most talented newcomers. Each of these stories has something that Asimov’s is rightly famous for—strong and deeply moving characters that face their futures head on. Whether they’re a jazz musician on a starship, the spirit of H.L. Mencken tangling with a twenty-first century medium, or the new personality of a wayward teenager trying to stake a claim on a body that is and sort of isn’t hers, they must all find their way in uncharted territory. You can join them on their journey. Turn the electronic page and enter a future. A little later, you can enter another.

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  • Publisher: Dell Magazines (15 Dec 2010)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 17 April 2012
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Several thought provoking stories at a decent price. These are well written and cover different themes. I wish there were more compilations like this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ten SF Stories from Asimov's Magazine 31 May 2011
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Sheila Williams has assembled ten stories which have appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. This is her 26th collection, so she presumably has the process nailed down. In her introductory chapter, the editor enthuses about the removal of page constraints on an electronic anthology and very briefly describes her rationale for including each of the ten stories. There is a somewhat different reason for each story, rather than a unifying theme.

My favorite three of the ten:

Connie Willis' "Inside Job" is an old-fashioned detective story that might have been written in the first half of the twentieth century. Except there might be some science fiction in it. Rob and Kildy are reporters and professional skeptics trying to demonstrate that a popular medium (yes, the turban-wearing kind) is a fake. It should be easy.

Allen Steele's "The Days Between" is a new perspective on the hibernating-colonists-travel-to-another-solar-system story. Three months into the URSS Alabama's voyage to 47 Ursae Majoris, Leslie Gillis awakes from an unusually short hypersleep. He cannot return to sleep without help and he cannot wake any of the other crew. So he makes the best of it. This story is incorporated into Steele's 2002 novel, Coyote: A Novel of Interstellar Exploration.

Daryl Gregory's "Second Person, Present Tense" is one of those teen identity stories with a bratty, first person narrator. Actually, it's the second person, in the first person. But the first person isn't in there anymore. Much. Anyway, she really hates her parents.

I liked some of these stories and was only moderately engaged by some of them. Gordon Sellar's "Lester Young..." story took readers on a tour of an interesting future solar system but didn't seem to have a point. I got a similar feeling from "Shoes-to-Run." Sara Genge explores a future tribal culture with a story that, ironically for its title, went nowhere. "Breeze from the Stars" had a point, but it didn't seem quite worth the journey.

It all shakes out to this seeming like only an "okay" collection to me. Your tastes may be different than mine. It seems that the editor's tastes differ, too. You may be in good company.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Way the Future Is 4 Aug 2011
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This anthology represents the state of the art of science fiction-- the way SF is written now, in the 21st Century. The overall quality of the writing is very high; there is none of the clunky prose and weak characterizations that plagued magazine SF in the "golden age," which in retrospect was perhaps not that golden. The tradeoff is that it is harder to evoke the "sense of wonder" that SF could evoke in the past; most science fictional ideas have already been used.

The best stories in this anthology do manage to come up with original ideas, or at least to play new variations on old themes. The standouts for me were Robert Reed's journey through the multiverse, "A Billion Eves"; Connie Willis's fast, funny "Inside Job"; Nancy Kress's "Safeguard," about mutant children; and Daryl Gregory's genuinely thought-provoking "Second Person, Present Tense." Robert Silverberg is always worth reading, and "Enter a Soldier. Later, Enter Another" is no exception.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch's "Recovering Apollo 8" and Gord Sellar's "Lester Young and the Jupiter's Moons Blues" are both alternate-history stories, the former elegiac in tone, set in a world in which Apollo 8 and its crew were lost in space, the latter a funnier piece set in a bizarre world in which aliens patronize American jazz musicians.

The weakest pieces for me were Allen M. Steele's "The Days Between," Mary Rosenblum's "Breeze from the Stars" and Sara Gense's post-apocalyptic "Shoes-to-Run." All are very well written, but none of them struck me as very original. But they are "weak" only by comparison to a very strong bunch of stories. Kudos to Asimov's editor Sheila Williams for a good survey of contemporary future-making.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable anthology from Asimov's 2 Jun 2011
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I used to read Asimov's as a teenager and recently rediscovered it through a Kindle subscription. Enter A Future was a great way for me to catch up on some of the better stories I missed. The anthology is very engaging--I read it in a couple of (admittedly long) sittings--and each story has something to offer. Kristine Kathryn Rusch's "Recovering Apollo 8" was the highlight for me. The hope and gratitude expressed by the astronauts of Apollo 8 in the face of tragedy (obviously alternate history, as the title suggests) inspire a boy's quest to bring them home. The main character's respect for the Apollo program and the astronauts involved caused me to quickly back his quest, and I remained deeply invested throughout. I also thought the stories from Willis, Steele, Gregory, and Silverberg were particularly strong. The complete lineup is as follows:

"Inside Job" by Connie Willis
"The Days Between" by Allen M. Steele
"Shoes-to-Run" by Sara Genge
"Recovering Apollo 8" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
"Lester Young and the Jupiter's Moons' Blues" by Gord Sellar
"Breeze from the Stars" by Mary Rosenblum
"Safeguard" by Nancy Kress
"A Billion Eves" by Robert Reed
"Second Person, Present Tense" by Daryl Gregory
"Enter a Soldier. Later: Enter Another" by Robert Silverberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Some great short science fiction here 16 Sep 2013
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Enter a Future: Fantastic Tales from Asimov's Science Fiction by Connie Willis is an anthology from Asimov's Science Fiction magazine that includes about a dozen very entertaining and delightful short works of science fiction. The first entry "Inside Job" by Connie Willis really sets a high standard. It is a very entertaining novella that was first published in the magazine in 2005 and later as a hardback by Subterranean Press. The last entry in the anthology is "Enter a Soldier. Later: Enter Another" by Robert Silverberg, which is a 1990 Hugo-winning novelette. Those two selections alone make this anthology well worth reading. However, in between them are eight very imaginative, well-written, and fascinating stories. This collection is delectable!
4.0 out of 5 stars very entertains stories 18 Aug 2014
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Entertained me. They may entertain you. Very nice selections; by that I mean, they satisfied my scifi itch. Did not disappoint.
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