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Another Wildside Press bargain
on 26 December 2013
A well-filled volume of SF stories dating from the 1950s onwards and featuring several now classic authors (Algis Budrys, Fritz Leiber) and more recent writers. The overall standard was high, with only one or two inconsequential stories. Once again, some space for humour with Briarton's dreadful puns, and Fritz Leiber's amusing 'No Great Magic'. Humour of a different kind is provided in a vampire tale with a different twist, 'The Pick Up'.
Other highlights include the opening story, 'The True Darkness', set in a spreading black universe that engulfs everybody, and Mike Resnick's 'Robots Don't Cry', a tale of loyalty and loss. I enjoyed also the reversal of a present concern in 'Population Implosion', an intriguing proposition of a world in which there are a fixed number of souls. The collection finishes with the meaty novella, Tom Godwin's 'Survivors' set in a high gravity world with particularly nasty wildlife.
Again, a huge bargain that works out at about three pence per story.