[Alex Dally MacFarlane] Ñ Aliens [reverse-harem PDF] Ebook Epub Download ↠´ I wasn t so sure about getting this antho, because well, it s not exactly that sci fi s not my thing, there s a lot of sci fi out there that I ve loved, but I m not typically excited about it like I am about fantasy, you know But I knew Alex s tastes and my tastes have significant crossover area, and THEN I saw the authors on the TOC, and I was pretty much sold.
Omg, y all, this antho is amazing This is everything I forgot I loved about sci fi the sense of deep wonder terror awe and the pushing of the boundaries of perception and possibility, the longing to know what s out there and getting an answer you completely didn t expect And inclusivity AND HOW Some notes on stories I thought were highlights to be added later.
This is a collection of 31 short stories I read the first one in the summer of 2015, and finished in December 2018 with Alastair Reynolds For The Ages.
I enjoyed the selection Lots of new writers at least for me These were my favorite stories Vandana Singh, The Tetrahedon July 18, 2017 Paul McAuley, The Man July 18, 2017 Jamie Barras, The Beekeeper July 27, 2015 Elizabeth Bear, The Death Of Terrestrial Radio Aug 11, 2015 Jeremiah Tolbert, The Godfall s Chemsong Aug 23, 2017 Eleanor Arnason, Knacksack Poems Dec 15, 2018 Indrapramit Das, Muo Ka s Child July 19, 2017 The last two were probably my very favorite.
IMPORTANT NOTE The first edition of this book ISBN 9781607013914 , at least, is missing the second half of Seasons of the Ansarac by Ursula Le Guin You can read the missing part of this story here realistically developed, biologically plausible, sentient species are my absolute favourite element of science fiction My dream anthology would be a hard SF only collection of stories about Aliens their biology, culture, and interactions with humans Aliens Recent Encounters 2013 , edited by Alex Dally MacFarlane, mixes both hard and soft SF with a smattering of magical realism and mythology, so not every story was to my taste However, it is still an excellent anthology, thematically strong, while providing lots of variety.
This is a reprint anthology containing 32 short stories, all originally published between 2000 and 2012 hence the book s subtitle The editor h Pretty excellent anthology Interesting premises with a variety of styles and approaches A much higher hit rate for good stories than I m used to expecting in a collected anthology which was a pretty nice surprise As wicked as the editor is, I wasn t sure how much our taste in stories would match.
Personal favourites in the collection include The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species by Ken Lui The Tetrahedon by Vandana Singh Knapsack Poems by Eleanor Arnason Nullipara by Gitte Christensen Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel by Yoon Ha LeeBUT THERE ARE MANY MANY OTHER AWESOME ONES.
I think it s unfair to hold a book accountable to your expectations So, in reading this book, I tried to adjust my expectations What I had expected was a collection of imaginative short stories about human encounters with alien life something I think is incredibly interesting, both for its straight forward speculations about what alien life might be like, and for the reflections it affords about ourselves.
It s not really that book.
There are 32 stories collected here, some from well know authors like Ursula Le Guin, Elizabeth Bear, or Alastair Reynolds, and others from less known authors The quality is a bit uneven There are some really great stories here I think Jeffrey Ford s The Dismantled Invention of Fate is brilliant Its gentle attack on the flow of time and realism is ingenious, something that will have me thinking for a long while And Greg Va And another collection of sci fi shorts has hit the market Thirty two in total with many having appeared in different collections There must be some free to use short story website out there where these editors put their collections together from A quick glance at the average online review had my hopes up, but after reading I put this collection as one of the worst so far With an average rating of only 3 stars per story and five that I had to rate at 1 star, there is not much reason for anyone to pick up this book I had my favorites, GOLUBASH, OR WINE BLOOD WAR ELEGY by Catherynne M Valente at the top of the list, and NOUMENON by Robert Ree running second Here s a quick breakdown on them all.
FROZEN VOICE by An Owomoyela The Earth gets conquered by giant spiders that keep the humans as pets books are taboo Not much else to the story 3 starsTHE BOOKMAKING HABITS OF SELECT SPECIES by Ken