Dreams of Distant Shores – Patricia A. McKillip

A collection of stories by Patricia A. McKillip As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of Patricia McKillip. It wasn’t instant, and I haven’t liked everything she’s written, but overall, she’s near the top of my list of favorite authors. Not only that, but her short stories have been a pleasant surprise, and a break from her usual high fantasy realm. So, I snapped up this latest collection with enthusiasm. Mostly, the enthusiasm was…

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Grotto of the Dancing Deer – Clifford D. Simak

Simak Complete Stories #4 A collection of science fiction stories by Clifford D. Simak. I often despair of understanding the logic of anthologists. Especially in collected works anthologies, they seem to group stories together with no clear organizational logic. This Open Road Media collection is no different. This volume has what it claims may be Simak’s first story, from 1930, along with a western, and stories written up toward the end of the last century.…

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The Paper Menagerie – Ken Liu

A collection of some of Ken Liu’s short stories. I first ran across Ken Liu’s work through short stories in one magazine or another. His name stuck in my mind, because the stories were astoundingly good. I kept finding more, and they just kept getting better. Plus, he was translating a lot of Chinese SF, which was great. My view of Liu as a masterful, all-capable writer was dented somewhat with his long, mainly dull…

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Insistence of Vision – David Brin

A collection of science fiction stories from David Brin. I started reading David Brin a long time ago – probably with the Uplift series. I liked that, The Postman, The Practice Effect, and a few others. Gradually, though, I began to tire of Brin’s oppressively serious writing. It was intelligent and interesting, but emotionally flat. After Kiln People, I mostly lost track of Brin. This new collection of stories was a chance to go back…

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Pwning Tomorrow – Electronic Frontier Foundation

A collection of stories relevant to the effects on freedom of human-machine interaction. I’m a fan of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the things they work toward. I thought an anthology of reprints edited by them could be interesting. (Get it here.) Mostly, that was right. The stories in the anthology deal, as expected, with the interaction between humans and machines, and the freedom interests those can call into questions. As with most anthologies, some…

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I Am Crying All Inside – Clifford D. Simak

Simak Complete Stories #1 A collection of speculative stories from Clifford D. Simak. I’ve been on a little bit of a Clifford Simak kick lately, triggered by a chance reading of All Flesh is Grass, and I’ve been happy to revisit or discover more of his work. This collection of warm, friendly stories – the first in a projected dozen – kept me feeling that way. While I tend to think of Simak in terms…

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