Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales Of Hard Science Fiction (2014)
Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction (2014)
4 of 5 Votes: 2
0765334305 (ISBN13: 9780765334305)
Tor Books
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I suppose my rating reflects at some level my having lost a good deal of my taste for science fiction. It was fun in high school - any more, not so much. The tale of the Chinese designer of a computer that functioned through the actions of a 3-million man army (even though it was a ploy to destroy the emperor) was entertaining, for example, but was still not something that really grasped my imagination. This was a great collection of short stories celebrating hard sci fi. My favorite was the first one: Daniel H. Wilson's The Blue Afternoon that Lasted Forever, about a physicist with Aspberger's caring for his 3 year-old daughter after his wife (mysteriously, to him) leaves. When I read his final realization, "The world is made of change. People arrive and people leave. But my love for her is constant. It is a feeling that cannot be quantified because it is not a number. Love is a pattern in the chaos." (p.29), I am not afraid to admit that I just bawled. There were several other good stories too, including A Slow Unfurling of Truth by Aliette de Bodard, Skin Deep by Leah Petersen & Gabrielle Harbowy, and Siren of Titan by David DeGraff. I enjoyed the twist in She Just Looks that Way by Eric Choi. Thunderwell by Doug Beason was a good action adventure, somewhat reminding me of Andy Weir's The Martian. Another good action adventure was the Snows of Yesteryear, complete with evil corporations and heroic scientists. The Circle by Liu Cixin definitely makes me want to read The 3 Body Problem. There were some kind of lightweight ones like The Play's the Thing by Jack McDevitt, Ambiguous Nature by Carl Frederick. Nancy Fulda's Recollection seems less sci fi that soon-to-be modern drama but it was still good. The Yoke of Inauspicious Stars is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet in a mining colony on a far away planet. All of the stories were interesting and the collection was quite diverse; a great read!
Good hardcore sci-fi collection. A few were so-so, but the rest made up for it.
Excellent anthology. Lots of really good writing and interesting ideas.
All the stories in the collection were good, several really good.
Especially poignant story by Nancy Fulda.
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