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Comments on Neth Space: Review: The New Space Opera edited by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan





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-Ian, I suppose that everyone has their own opinio...

2007-08-12T20:48:00.000-07:00

-Ian, I suppose that everyone has their own opinions. I don't feel that I was too harsh - most of the stories were mediocre in my opinion. But, there were definately some good ones in there - good enough to make it worthwhile (if barely).



"Another area of limited exposure is shorter ficti...

2007-08-12T19:27:00.000-07:00

"Another area of limited exposure is shorter fiction "...

For me as well. But I opted for 'The Space Opera Renaissance' instead.



I've just finished this anthology myself. I think ...

2007-08-12T01:31:00.000-07:00

I've just finished this anthology myself. I think you're a little harsh in your judgement - there were some good stories in it. I agree that Dan Simmons provided one of the best ones, but I also liked the James Patrick Kelly. Al Reynolds did what Al Reynolds does. Ditto for Ken MacLeod and Pete Hamilton. Kage Baker's story was poor - the Brit characterisation was unconvincing, and it wasn't even space opera anyway, "new" or otherwise. And Silverberg's "retelling" of Scheherazade came across as merely lazy.

I'll admit I like space opera, and I found the anthology a good cross-section of the state of the sub-genre. Oh, and I also agree that the introductions to the stories weren't very good - in some cases, they were out of date too.

According to Jonathan Strahan's blog, he's just signed a deal with Harpercollins for a sequel anthology. I'll certainly buy it.