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The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: v. III Paperback – 2 Mar 2009

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris (2 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844167097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844167098
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,197,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another year, another anthology from the excellent publisher Solaris. I've read the first of these, missed the second (I really, really need to get it, it features some great authors), but as this is basically sci-fi short stories there's no need to have read any of the previous ones. Here's my thoughts on the stories we have here:

Rescue Mission by Jack Skillingstead
A first contact encounter with a sentient forest that turns into a rescue mission. Slightly disjointed until an explanation clears up the story. While reading it I wasn't that engrossed, but looking back after finishing puts it in a different light. 6/10

The Fixation by Alastair Reynolds
In one universe the Mechanism is being lovingly restored by hand, while in another a device that can restore items by pushing entropy into multiple parallel universe is used to restore it. Typical Reynolds short story and yet another reason why he's one of the best in this format. 9/10

Artifacts by Stephen Baxter
A story of one man's goal to prove the existence of brane universes, and pinpoint their locations. Completely hard SF that missed the target for me - it felt like too big a topic for a 30 page story. 5/10

Necroflux Day by John Meaney
A steampunk story that follows a young boy as he learns things about the city that most try to forget. I liked this enough to have a look about John Meaney's full novels, especially as a couple are set in the same world. Definitely a highlight of the collection even though it seems more fantasy. 9/10

Providence by Paul Di Filippo
In a world where humans no longer exist two AI's travel to collect a priceless collection of just found vinyl and compact discs - the music contained on which can be equated to their form of drug.
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 April 2009
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A book that we at Falcata Times have championed for many a year as Solaris put their money where their mouth is, in this multi-talented authorial extravaganza of a compendium. Where else can you try new authors for a neglible price to see if its to your taste along with getting tales by favoured established authors of the genre. Hours of fun in this book that can easily be dipped into for short fiction on the bus or train and in a hand pocket sized paperback that really demonstrates the sheer quality and enthusiasm that Solaris bring to the genre. If only more publishers looked at this method to allow readers to try new people for a small price. Good fun for all and your sure to find one or two names to watch out for in the long run. What more does a reader need.
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Good list of stories.
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HASH(0x9535c618) out of 5 stars A few brillant pieces shored up this otherwise so-so anthology. 3 April 2009
By K. L. - Published on
Format: Paperback
A mismatch anthology with only a few standouts, several lukewarm pieces, and a few real duds. Also, though I didn't factor it in the review, the pagination was a bit screwy--especially toward the second end of the book--so that page numbers didn't match-up with the table of contents. Overall grade: C+

"Rescue Mission" by Jack Skillingstead. Sentient biosphere drugs astronaut. Rescue follows. That's pretty much it. D

"The Fixation" by Alastair Reynolds. I'm becoming a fan of his. The Antikythera Mechanism and the many worlds hypothesis. B+

"Artifacts" by Stephen Baxter. Another brilliant piece from this "hard science" fiction writer. What I like about him is that he often infuses his stories with the human element, making them much more than just an extrapolation of a neat scientific idea into story form. Often sad and melancholy (as this is) but always great. A

"Necroflux Day" by John Meaney. A science fantasy piece about the strange power source of a civilization. B

"Providence" by Paul DiFilippo. Sentient robots talking like twelve-year-olds after us fleshy "carnals" have been destroyed and the robots get "high" off of vinyl records. And what an anti-climatic ending. Give me a break! C-

"Carnival Nights" by Warren Hammond. Police procedural/crime noir set in the far future. What happens when you augment someone too much? B

"The Assistant" by Ian Whates. Somewhat like "The Fixation" in that it uses alternate realities to do stuff in this reality. This time it's nano-engineered bugs. B

"Glitch" by Scott Edelman. The glitch is that some robots believe in mythical creatures called "humans." One whiny robot finds that her dead lover (how he dies isn't really clear) believes in these creatures and sends her into an existential tailspin. Robots with gender and the mythical humans constantly being addressed in the second-person "you" highlight this boring (I had to trudge through it in two sittings, despite its short length) and poorly thought-out story. D

"One of our Bastards is Missing" by Paul Cornell. An alternate history story in a setting with future technology? Not too sure. The story did keep me reading, but by the end all I truly understood was that one of their bastards was missing. C

"Woodpunk" by Adam Roberts. It's cyberpunk with trees! Get it? Not really. I guess I was supposed to think it as high-minded but it came across as banal and overly violent. Plus, I couldn't figure out the main character's gender. C

"Minya's Astral Angels" by Jennifer Pelland. Humans still rule human-founded civilization in the far future and post-human "Mods" are slaves. But wait!--there's a legal loophole. There's always a legal loophole. C+

"The Best Monkey" by Daniel Abraham. An investigative journalist investigates the phenomenal success of one company and thus stumbles upon a Big Idea. Maybe I got it. Maybe I didn't. If I did get it, then it left plot holes the size of the Grand Canyon. C-

"Long Stay" by Ian Watson. A quirky slipstream piece that keeps you wondering, "Why is this science fiction?" till the end. B-

"A Soul Stitched to Iron" by Tim Akers. A steam-punk tale set in an alternate world about the horror one family uses in order to achieve greatness and the sad, lonely machine that is that horror. A

"iThink, therefore I am" by Ken Macleod. Funny mock ad about the descendant of the iPod, with philosophy. B
HASH(0x961ad768) out of 5 stars Standard Hit or Miss Short Story Collection 20 May 2009
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Format: Paperback
This is a decent collection of science fiction stories. Some really stayed with me for awhile. Some were enjoyable. And at least two I found so unenjoyable that I couldn't finish reading them. I will buy and read more in this series since a few of the stories did turn me on to authors I hadn't heard of before.
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