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11:41 pm: Redshift edited by Al Sarrantonio

Full name: Redshift: Extreme Visions of Speculative Fiction

Sarrantonio says from the beginning that this anthology is based on Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions and dedicates the the book to him. The title of the book uses "speculative fiction" but in all the introductions to stories, he uses SF or science fiction. The problem with this is that some of the stories aren't SF. One, for example, could replace the hovercrafts and hovercycles with cars and motorcycles and it would be exactly the same story. I expected more of what I consider specfic as well as science fiction.

There's 30 stories, 32 authors, and 11 female authors, the last being a much better percentage than usual.

I thought most of the stories were rather middling, but, and this will surprise those of you who know me, my favorite story in the book is "Black Tulip" by Harry Turtledove. It is an alternate world, but crisp and powerful. It's hard to recommend the book when I don't really like so many of them. I don't dislike that many of them, either. There just wasn't enough specfic.

(My first typing for the subject was Redshirt.)



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Date:January 21st, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
"Dangerous Visions", which I've never read, was pushing against limitations and taboos. Since then, are there really any limitations left to push against?
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Date:January 21st, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
DV was out when there wasn't the internet, much less the web, and so there's a lot more possibilities in that. The anthology was published in 2001 so not quite to today, but still has more possibilities than DV. That doesn't mean I thought the stories were all that good.
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