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The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume 1

por George Mann (Editor)

Outros autores: Brian Aldiss (Contribuidor), Neal Asher (Contribuidor), Tony Ballantyne (Contribuidor), Stephen Baxter (Contribuidor), Keith Brooke (Contribuidor)13 mais, Eric Brown (Contribuidor), Paul Di Filippo (Contribuidor), David Gerrold (Contribuidor), Peter F. Hamilton (Compositor), Simon Ings (Contribuidor), Jay Lake (Contribuidor), James Lovegrove (Contribuidor), Mike Resnick (Contribuidor), Adam Roberts (Contribuidor), Jeffrey Thomas (Contribuidor), Mary A. Turzillo (Contribuidor), Greg van Eekhout (Contribuidor), Ian Watson (Contribuidor)

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An eclectic collection of all-original science fiction stories from some of the foremost luminaries in the genre. Featuring new tales of far future murder, first contact, love and war from such well-regarded and award winning authors as Peter F. Hamilton, Stephen Baxter, Adam Roberts, Jeffrey Thomas, Eric Brown, Paul Di Filippo, Neal Asher, Jay Lake and Ian Watson, this collection is sure to delight all fans of good science fiction. "A wide range of topics and diverse styles characterizes this enjoyable collection of science-fiction stories. While mediocre science fiction fails to work on any level other than the conceptual, the best of the stories in this new Solaris anthology successfully navigate both conceptual and emotional territory... Editor Mann has gathered a collection that should appeal to science-fiction buffs, and make a worthwhile introduction for novices. Stands as proof that science fiction is alive and well." Kirkus Discoveries, VNU US Literary Group… (mais)
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Great selection of stories by masterful authors. ( )
  tarsel | Sep 4, 2022 |
Several years ago, I read and enjoyed volume three of this series, so looping back to the beginning seemed warranted, although "new science fiction" hardly applies at this point. It's a decent anthology, though not as good as remember that later one being. Unfortunately, it doesn't start strong, as I found Jeffrey Thomas's "In His Sights" pretty difficult to get into, with lengthy exposition dumps starting right on the first page, but it eventually picked up for me with a fun time travel story in Peter F. Hamilton's "If At First..." and Stephen Baxter's apocalyptic "Last Contact."

"Cages" by Ian Watson, about aliens who introduce disabilities to the human race, was fascinating even if I didn't understand it and Mary A. Turzillo's "Zora and the Land Ethic Nomads" was a great, personal-level story set on Mars. Those four are seemingly it for strong stories, alas, though there are number of decent ones. Many of the middling ones run afoul of that old nemesis of science fiction: the writer who has an idea, but not a story. I wanted to love "The Bowlder Strain" by James Lovegrove (about a virus that removes your ability to swear) and "Personal Jesus" by Paul Di Filippo (about aliens who give everyone on Earth an iPod that lets them talk to God), but both had these amazing concepts wedded to insubstantial stories.

Special excoriation must be reserved for Mike Resnick & David Gerrold's "Jellyfish," about a Philip K. Dick/Kurt Vonnegut pastiche cleverly named "Dillon K. Filk" who... listen, I don't even know. It's the worst sort of metafiction: lazy, in-jokey, and knowing. I rarely hate stories as much as I hated this, but this was really a complete waste of every one of the 38 pages it was printed on. After ten pages have been wasted on basically nothing, then you get more and more expys of famous authors: "E. A. van der Vogel" (ugh), "Belevedere Atheling" (double ugh), "Robert Goldenboy" (really? are you even trying?), and then a whole page that just lists these I-am-sure-they-are-so-hilarious-to-Resnick-and-Gerrold-and-their-friends parody names of writer after writer after writer, culminating with "whatsisname, that sissy little creep who sold that stupid script to Star Truck while still in college, stealing the opportunity from a real science fiction writer." As if David Gerrold ever crossed the radar of Dick or Vonnegut; dream on, fanboy. It was at this point that I swore violently and went on to the next story, because life is too short. This story and Brian Aldiss's contribution ("The Four Ladies of the Apocalypse") make me think Mann was willing to take any old shit from famous writers to bolster his book.

Wow, I wasted a lot of words on it, but I seriously hated that story, and it remains my strongest emotional reaction to the book. Thankfully, I know the series will do better work later on.
  Stevil2001 | Apr 11, 2014 |
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There were a couple of stories I liked here - Stephen Baxter's "Last Contact", and Keith Brooke's "The Accord" (which I note were also the two picked by Gardner Dozois for his annual collection) - many which didn't especially grab me, and one awful attempt to channel Kurt Vonnegut by Mike Resnick and David Gerrold. ( )
  nwhyte | Oct 7, 2012 |
Hopes were pinned on Windbag for two reasons. First, its symptoms were less startlingly dramatic than Bowdler''s, and nowhere near as unsettling. Second, by its very nature, Windbag instilled the avoidance of vulgarity. No-one who caught Windbag would resort to four-letter words, not while they were so enthusiastically utilizing fourteen-letter words. The full range of the English language was theirs to command, so what need was there to wallow amid the baser idioms when altogether more refined and elegant modes of expression were available? from "The Bowdler Strain".

My favourite stories were "Personal Jesus", the amusing tale of "The Bowdler Strain" and the poignant "Last Contact", but overall this was a very good selection of stories. ( )
  isabelx | Feb 20, 2011 |
If this is the future of science fiction, the genre is in real trouble. This collection contains several predictable stories and one self-parody by Resnick and Gerrold that is particularly painful. The only story that I really liked was midway through the book, If At First... by Peter Hamilton, a nice twist on time travel. There is an End of the World elegiac tale, Last Contact by Stephen Baxter and two tales of alien intervention, one horrific (Personal Jesus by Paul di Filippo) and one hopeful (The Farewell Party by Eric Brown). Unfortunately both of them were predictable from start to finish. From now on I will stick to the magazines. Yes, there are horrible stories in them, but every so often...a gem! ( )
  kd9 | Oct 17, 2007 |
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Mann, GeorgeEditorautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Aldiss, BrianContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Asher, NealContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Ballantyne, TonyContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Baxter, StephenContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Brooke, KeithContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Brown, EricContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Di Filippo, PaulContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Gerrold, DavidContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Hamilton, Peter F.Compositorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Ings, SimonContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Lake, JayContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Lovegrove, JamesContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Resnick, MikeContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Roberts, AdamContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Thomas, JeffreyContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Turzillo, Mary A.Contribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
van Eekhout, GregContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Watson, IanContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
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An eclectic collection of all-original science fiction stories from some of the foremost luminaries in the genre. Featuring new tales of far future murder, first contact, love and war from such well-regarded and award winning authors as Peter F. Hamilton, Stephen Baxter, Adam Roberts, Jeffrey Thomas, Eric Brown, Paul Di Filippo, Neal Asher, Jay Lake and Ian Watson, this collection is sure to delight all fans of good science fiction. "A wide range of topics and diverse styles characterizes this enjoyable collection of science-fiction stories. While mediocre science fiction fails to work on any level other than the conceptual, the best of the stories in this new Solaris anthology successfully navigate both conceptual and emotional territory... Editor Mann has gathered a collection that should appeal to science-fiction buffs, and make a worthwhile introduction for novices. Stands as proof that science fiction is alive and well." Kirkus Discoveries, VNU US Literary Group

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