Flash reviews — September ’09

Title: The Gold at the Starbow’s End
Author: Frederik Pohl
Year: 1972
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
A very decent collection of stories, most of them somewhat long since there are only five in total. Not really a bad story in the bunch; I enjoyed them all, to varying degrees. Nothing here is probably going to strike you as a work of genius, or the best of what the genre has to offer. But all are satisfactory reads, for sure.

Title: Isaac Asimov’s Utopias
Editors: Gardner Dozois, Sheila Williams
Year: 2000
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
This anthology contains stories originally published in Asimov’s Science Fiction which ostensibly have something to do with the topic of utopias. My take goes like this: “Mountain Ways” by Ursula K. LeGuin is a halfway interesting look at different marriage customs, but the other eight entries are some of the most yawn-inducing stories I’ve ever read. And the utopian aspect is pretty vague in most of them.

Title: Science Fiction in the 20th Century
Author: Edward James
Year: 1994
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
A highly readable account of science fiction — its history, culture, themes, and so forth. It’s probably hard to ever find a book of this nature that’s strikingly innovative; after all, any generalized critical work is going to cover roughly the same ground. But I did like the way the author expresses himself, and I did learn things I didn’t know before, so I consider it time well spent.

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4 responses to “Flash reviews — September ’09

  1. Having trouble finding the time lately? Just between you and me and who ever else reads this, me too. ;)

  2. Hey Bill, I have a question for you. How did you get that “Possibly Related Posts” ticker to show on your blog? Is that a widget or something?

  3. I don’t see the “possibly related posts” thing…. are you saying you do? Hmmmm. I’ve seen it on other wordpress blogs (they’re often incoming links to here), but I’ve never seen it here on my own blog. Maybe it’s something only visitors can see? Anyway, it’s not something I set up, and I don’t think it’s a widget.

  4. I can’t see it now, but I must have before. I wonder if my blog has it?

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