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As someone fairly familiar with science-fiction and its preoccupation with the human and more-than-human, I found this collection rather dull. Some of the ideas presented in these stories must have been shockers at the time they were published, but I found them pretty predictable. If, however, you are new to science fiction or not familiar with earlier (1950-2000) authors, this would be a good introduction to a central theme and its major contributors.
This is a collection of short stories that focuses on one of my current favorite sf genres, transhumanism (or posthumanism, the Singularity, whatever you want to call it). The stories are generally by well-known authors, and because they are arranged chronologically by publication date, they demonstrate the development of posthuman fiction in the last five decades. Most of the stories are quite enjoyable, although a couple are stinkers. I found the following works particularly interesting: "Mort...
Would we ordinary, garden-variety human beings like the Posthuman Future if we were somehow suddenly catapulted into it? Or would we find it a terrifying, hostile, and incomprehensible place, a place we were no more equipped to understand and deal with successfully than an Australopithecus would be equipped to deal with Times Square? Are human beings, as we understand the term, as the term has been understood for thousand upon thousands of years, on the way out? Doomed to extinction, or at the v...
4.5 stars. This is a book that I could buy and reread (in this case I borrowed it from the library), which is not something I can say about most short story collections. Usually when I read a short story collection, I love one or two, enjoy several, tolerate several, and skim/dislike one or two. In this collection, I love several, enjoyed most with only one or two being stinkers. I do, however, have a soft spot for trans-humanistic tales, so I might be approaching this with a little bias. In my
My standard for rating a short story collection is that the number of bad stories balance out with the number of good stories , with the average stories filling out the bulk of the book. This one, to me, had more bad that good stories in it and not alot of average. Try it out if you are looking for a different collection of SiFi but for me it's a not recommended
I picked this up at a Borders Books, I think, near Seattle in 2006, when I had just moved my family there for a job. I hadn't read science fiction in a while, and this completely rekindled my enthusiasm for the genre. Just today, I found my slightly musty copy in a cardboard box while doing a bit of spring cleaning. History since 2006 has born out that at least one of the contributors, Ted Chiang, is a top notch author with stories worthy of the attention of Hollywood for highbrow cinema treatme...
I've been reading science fiction since the 1960s. One can get locked into favorite authors over time, occasionally trying something new. Short stories are a great way to try the work of a lot of authors and find some new writers to explore and make favorites. This collection offered some good and some great stories. I believe I have found a few new writers to explore.
Bought this at Balticon 44. Mostly because of the subject matter and the fact that Gardner Dozois is an excellent anthology editor.
A great collection of sci-fi short stories all dealing with the theme of the posthuman future. Very cool and interesting stuff.
Loved it. Great collection of essays about well...read the title. I would say that I enjoyed about 15 of them very much and the rest were still passable.