January 6th, 2012

20111112, Marilee

Technology Review Science Fiction

The back of that Asimov's had an ad for this SF anthology from MIT. I took the ebook version, hmmmm, which is no longer on Amazon. Look here. Since I have the little kindle, it's black and white and doesn't have as many pixels as would make the Chris Foss illos look best, but they were still very nice.

I liked a lot of the stories (and had already known of, if not read most of the authors). There were two that were slight problems for me. They have Cory Doctorow's "The Brave Little Toaster," which I really like, but have read before. Also, Ma Boyong's "The Mark Twain Robots" was translated and the sentences and so forth were a little stiff.

I particularly liked Joe Haldeman's "Complete Sentence" where the future has a different method of jailing people, Pat Cadigan's "Cody" where there's a new way to get data around without being stolen, Geoffrey A. Landis' "Private Space" which follows three college friends into the latter part of their life and relationship, and Elizabeth Bear's "Gods of the Forge" which is written in script format to give you Paid Content about a company and an employee who is starting to worry.

I thought the magazine was very good and hope MIT decides to make another.