|Paul J. McAuley sold his first story in 1984, and has gone on to be a frequent contributor to Interzone, as well as to markets such as Amazing, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction, When the Music's Over, and elsewhere. McAuley is widely considered among the best of the new breed of British writers of what is known as "radical hard science fiction." He is the winner of numerous science fiction writing awards, including the Philip K. Dick Award for his first novel, Four Hundred Billion Stars, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the John W. Campbell Award in 1996 for his novel Fairyland.|
Executive Producer: Laura Wilson
Produced by Paul Ruben
©1999 by Stephen Baxter
(P)2000 Random House, Inc.
I didn't know what I was getting into when I downloaded this, but I ended up with an entertaining 40 minutes of sci-fi for a cheap price. The idea behind how the moon is destroyed is spooky and catchy. This is a nicely executed short story that feels a bit like a fun TWILIGHT ZONE.
It was an interesting short science fiction story, and appropriately priced for such a snippet of an audiobook. The story was interesting and fairly hard sci-fi, but lacked any sort of real conflict or hook - no drama, no action, just a sort of bored resignation with some side comments mentioning that other people were upset at the loss of the moon.
What really disappointed me about this audiobook was the narration - I had to keep checking the publishing date to make sure I wasn't getting a story from the 50s. It just didn't match up, the hard modern science fiction and near-future technology with the hokey, small-town, old-fashioned narration.
Still, all in all it was an interesting story, and worth at least the three dollars and half an hour of your time.
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