A collection of the best science-fiction prose written in 2006 from some of the genre's greatest authors, including James Patrick Kelly, Wil McCarthy, Susan Palwick, Tom Purdom, Robert Reed, Michael Swanwick, James Van Pelt, Howard Waldrop, Alastair Reynolds, Ian McDonald, Mary Rosenblum, Stephen Leigh and Joe Haldeman.
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This is a good collection of Sci-Fi short stories, ideal in length for listening to if you want to get a whole story in on a walk. Most are well done, but I do have to note that some of the narration wasn't steller.
Most notably, the narration for "Bank Run" by Tom Purdom, the second story in the book, lacked any sense of excitement. Even sections that should have been highlighted by some sense of urgency by the narrator, like when the windscreen of the ship the main characters are on is shot up and shattered by weapons fire, is read in the same, unexcited and unexciting tone as sections describing routine financial transactions.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
Triceratops Summer by Michael Swanwick, Finished by Robert Reed, and The Jenna Set by Daniel Kaysen were the only stories worth your time in this collection. All in all it was a very disappointing collection.
The editing is frustrating in that several places the narrator repeats passages, sometimes with a different inflection, sometimes not, but always out of the blue. Also, many of the stories don't even step lightly into the realm of science fiction. There's one in particular where the protagonist goes on and on ad nauseam about his sister getting polio just before the vaccine was discovered and how difficult it was growing up in Alabama and Texas during that time, never once mentioning anything having to do with science fiction only in the end (last page or so) to find his sister to no longer have polio and, astonishingly!, never did because ... time travel.
Waste of money, Audible.com should remove this audiobook ... it's an embarrassment.
The stories were okay to good but the reading mis-queues, re-read sentences, pauses in narration and one particular story where it sounded as if someone had scratched the master tape (not sure how that could happen since I'm sure this was probably a digital recording). Every two minutes the word spoken stopped in mid-sylable and then resumed 5 to 7 seconds later. Very annoying.
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