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Interesting short stories from a contemporary British SF writer,
This review is from: The Turing Test (Kindle Edition)
This is a useful collection of Chris Beckett's short fiction published between 1991 and 2006 in such magazines as Asimov's and Interzone. It includes the story 'Dark Eden', later expanded into the novel of the same name, which won the author the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2013.
Beckett tackles a wide variety of subjects and settings, and avoids most of the more irritating genre clichés. His characteristic manner is quiet and considered rather than flashy, workmanlike rather than head-turning. It's very much in the humanist SF tradition; intelligent meditations on the pitfalls of bioengineering, the surveillance state, and the sheer malleability of human culture and identity. Although a few of the stories are linked, they work best independently rather than as a 'collection', and like most such are best taken a few at a time.
For me, Beckett's work is competent but ultimately lacks the conviction and surprise of the best SF writers. I don't think that there's anything here that is likely to change anyone's life. Nonetheless, there's enough to keep the reader's attention.