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Only a few really great stories
on 9 February 2015
I have to say that on balance I found it to be only about 40% good Sci-Fi, and the rest fairly unsatisfying stories - often not actually *science* fiction, invariably the worse stories have been the long ones, confusing, and without a punchy ending, not even making you think much at the end or along the way. Quite odd, considering the pedigree of each writer, as summarised in a short intro before each story. My favourite one was The Things by Peter Watts - reimagining the plot of the classic Sci-Fi horror film The Thing, from the perspective of the "thing" organism itself. You can actually read it for free, completely legally on the Clarkesworld Magazine website: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/watts_01_10/ But overall, this massive book has been more of a chore than a pleasure to plough through.