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Feast of SF,
This review is from: Adam Robots: Short Stories (Paperback)
Nobody can accuse Roberts of short changing his customers. Apart from the stunning cover art (just look at it!) this book contains 23 stories and a poem. Which is also a story.
As the introduction suggests, these stories really do seem to cover most aspects of current SF, but, as with Jack Glass (which was in three parts, each satisfactorily genre-warping) Roberts refuses to let things get categorised too neatly. Or at all, really. Most of these stories defy categorisation. Nor does he hold back from philosophical depth, using his stories to examine the nature of sin (in the titular "Adam Robots"), cause and effect ("Shall I tell you the problem with Time Travel?"), and potential manipulations or augmentations of human nature ("ReMorse", "The Chrome Chromosome" "Me-topia") as well as to critique literature in various ways (in the weirdly self-referential "Review: Thomas Hodgkin, 'Denis Bayle: A Life'", in "Dantean" and "And Tomorrow And") as well as to... do loads of other interesting stuff in a fun and never predictable way.
Fancy a pseudo medieval Welsh story? It's here, yet with definite SFnal overtones but which are maddeningly elusive. Or "War of the Worlds" from the Martian perspective? Or a life story, told in verse by a roistering industrialist father to his disappointing son? Then "The Mary Anna" is for you. (This poem gave me that maddening feeling that I almost recognise what it's parodying - but I can't quite get it. Does anyone know?) Or some satisfying speculation about where dark energy really comes from ("Anticopernicus") or string theory ("S-Bomb")
In short, this collection is a tour de force, so many good ideas, going in so many directions. Buy it now.
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Initial post: 24 Mar 2013 11:08:34 GMT
Well said sir, couldn't agree more.
Posted on 11 Mar 2014 02:03:27 GMT
Big Chris says:
..... "The Mary Anna" is for you. (This poem gave me that maddening feeling that I almost recognise what it's parodying - but I can't quite get it. Does anyone know?)
Rudyard Kipling's narrative poem 'The Mary Gloster'.
I've paid for your sickest fancies; I've humoured your crackedest whim --
Dick, it's your daddy, dying; you've got to listen to him!
Good for a fortnight, am I? The doctor told you? He lied.
I shall go under by morning, and -- Put that nurse outside....................
and so on
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