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Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds (2016) — Editor — 203 exemplares
California Sorcery (1999) — Editor — 76 exemplares
The Best of Subterranean (2017) — Editor — 73 exemplares
Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy (2008) — Editor — 58 exemplares
Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2 (2011) — Editor — 55 exemplares
The Weight of Words (2017) — Editor — 53 exemplares
Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 3 (2020) — Editor — 19 exemplares
The Book of Silverberg (2014) — Editor — 18 exemplares
Lords of the Razor (2006) — Editor — 14 exemplares
Subterranean Magazine Fall 2013 — Editor — 9 exemplares
Subterranean Magazine Spring 2014 — Editor — 7 exemplares
Subterranean Magazine Summer 2013 — Editor — 5 exemplares
Subterranean Gallery (1999) — Editor — 5 exemplares
Subterranean Magazine Fall 2012 — Editor — 4 exemplares
Subterranean Magazine Spring 2013 — Editor — 4 exemplares
Subterranean Magazine Winter 2012 — Editor — 4 exemplares
Subterranean Magazine, Issue #6 (Fall 2006) — Editor — 4 exemplares
Subterranean Magazine Winter 2011 — Editor — 3 exemplares
Subterranean Magazine Winter 2013 — Editor — 3 exemplares
Subterranean Magazine Summer 2014 — Editor — 3 exemplares
Subterranean Magazine, Issue #3 (Winter 2006) (2006) — Editor — 2 exemplares
Subterranean Magazine Summer 2010 — Editor — 2 exemplares
Subterranean Magazine Summer 2012 — Editor — 2 exemplares
Subterranean Magazine Fall 2010 — Editor — 1 exemplar

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Available in the collections, Beyond the Aquila Rift and Deep Navigation.

Finally it seems that Alastair has gotten the multi-universe theory nonsense bug out of his system, had a good reboot and got back to his sensible story telling.   We thank thee oh gods of literature.

Yes folks, it back to some good old Alastair short story telling. Not much sci-fi going on in this, more a human nature thing.   But it's all good and i enjoyed it.

Next up in Alastair's bibliographic time line is Thousandth Night, which is the first book in the House of Suns trilogy.   I'm certainly looking forward to a bit of long-form Alastair after all these shorties.

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Available in the collections, Beyond the Aquila Rift and Deep Navigation.

Finally it seems that Alastair has gotten the multi-universe theory nonsense bug out of his system, had a good reboot and got back to his sensible story telling.   We thank thee oh gods of literature.

Yes folks, it back to some good old Alastair short story telling. Not much sci-fi going on in this, more a human nature thing.   But it's all good and i enjoyed it.

Next up in Alastair's bibliographic time line is Thousandth Night, which is the first book in the House of Suns trilogy.   I'm certainly looking forward to a bit of long-form Alastair after all these shorties.
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5t4n5 | 6 outras críticas | Aug 9, 2023 |
Alastair Baffles Emporium of Wonders - Mike Resnick

"Seriously, how did you pull that off?” I persisted.
“Seriously?” he repeated, arching an eyebrow and seeming to look right through me to some interior spot that nobody was ever supposed to see. “You take two well-meaning but unexceptional lives, stir in all the might-have-beens and never-weres, baste lightly with the optimism of youth, the cynicism of maturity, and the pessimism of age, add a soupaon of triumph and a cup of failure, heat the oven with vanished passion, sprinkle with just the tiniest pinch of wisdom, and there you have it.” He smiled, as if totally pleased with his explanation. “Works every time.”


É a primeira vez que leio algo do Mike Resnick, nunca tinha ouvido falar dele antes de dar de cara com esse conto aleatoriamente, mas ele é famoso por seus prêmios e dezenas de indicações ao Hugo e ao Nebula, merecidamente.

É um conto fantástico bem escrito, simpático e bastante sentimental que corre por diversos temas: envelhecimento, memórias, crenças, decisões e desejos. Nessa história, dois garotos, Silver e Gold, se encontram na loja que dá título ao livro: O Empório das Maravilhas de Alastair Baffle. Eles testemunham truques baratos de mágica por alguns centavos, e tornam-se amigos inseparáveis. Agora, velhos de noventa anos em um asilo, com os ossos estalando e órgãos falhando, decidem revisitar a loja (que está sempre mudando de endereço) tão importante na vida deles uma última vez.

Como era de se esperar, eles conseguem encontrá-la, e surpreendem-se quando Alastair, o mágico, parece não ter envelhecido nem um fio de cabelo desde a última visita — quase meio século atrás. Ele ainda performa seus truques por alguns centavos, mas os idosos não se impressionam tão fácil quanto crianças, então Alastair precisa recorrer à truques mais extraordinários. A partir daí, os dois velhos começam a ter reações diferentes, e se dá início ao embate entre a credulidade e a incredulidade, com ambos seguindo caminhos diferentes.

Além do pacing agradável e a justaposição da interação dos dois, o Alastair é um personagem incrível, memorável e com certeza um dos destaques da história.

A inflexibilidade de um dos velhos perante aos acontecimentos é um pouco chata de se ler, mas é algo inerente a ele, trata-se de velhos de noventa anos, e ser ranzinza não é uma fuga ao personagem. O final não é surpreendente nem extremamente inspirado, mas é leve, e casa perfeitamente com a atmosfera da história; não é excepcional, mas, ao mesmo tempo, é um conto que facilmente integraria qualquer antologia mais leve de fantasia. Aliás, não sei como ainda não teve uma tradução para português.

“I already told you,” answered Baffle with a smug smile. “You live in a changing universe, Master Silver. You must never assume that all things change at the same pace.”

(Conforme for lendo os outros contos desse livro, irei atualizando essa review.)
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RolandoSMedeiros | 1 outra crítica | Aug 1, 2023 |
Basically space opera. Faster than light travel is assumed, the scenarios on invented planets.
I prefer "Hard" SF where the Laws of Physics still hold.
 
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lcl999 | 6 outras críticas | Sep 2, 2022 |
Got to mull this one...review to follow.

Mull it, I did, and I've written reviews for 800 page novels that were easier than this. This story is complicated, it is a tad frightening, and it is remarkably relevant. If you have ever wondered where technology is going and think it has become too invasive, you will find here your worst fears realized. What is remarkable is that you will, at the same time, get a different view of how useful or harmful this invasion can be.

It is a short story. I won't take you long to read it, and I promise you will be thinking about it hours and maybe days later. It poses some interesting questions and it has a twist that will whip you around. Give it a go.… (mais)
 
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mattorsara | 5 outras críticas | Aug 11, 2022 |

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