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In the sad absence of a Dozois’ annual anthology, I’ve been and gone and bought the dead-tree version of Strahan’s F&SF anthology (I did buy an Amazon Kindle, but haven’t got the hang of it). In the introduction Strahan announces that this is the last volume in this series, which would be disappointing news, but […]
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Sitting down at the computer in a brief interlude from a day gardening in the sunshine I did have the option to re-read the story. but..
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Written some 18 or more years after John W. Campbell's 'The Thing', but with a similar underpinning idea.
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I started this story with high hopes - one from no less an author than Tom 'The Cold Equations' Godwin, but found that this story doesn't quite live up to his most famous work.
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I may be late to the party, but a Best SF Huzzah! for the late Robinson.
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A story that doesn't go much beyond the principal conceit : a man has the uncanny knack of knowing just where and when someone is going to have a brainwave or invent something - and therefore be on hand to licence and exploit it.
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The story has many excellent turns of phrase, and leads the reader through the story introducing background concepts and technology, with the odd clever 'reveal'.
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A minimal SFnal element to a story that peers into the dark recesses of one human mind.
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A strong start to Dikty's anthology, with a story that stands the test of time well.
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A story that would sit nicely in today's F&SF with only a few changes - blackly comic and satirical, it features two men setting out into zombie-infested territory.
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