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Redshift: Extreme Visions of Speculative Fiction

por Al Sarrantonio (Editor)

Otros autores: Catherine Asaro (Contribuidor), Neal Jr. Barrett (Contribuidor), Stephen Baxter (Contribuidor), Gregory Benford (Contribuidor), P.D. Cacek (Contribuidor)26 más, Jack Dann (Contribuidor), Paul Di Filippo (Contribuidor), Thomas M. Disch (Contribuidor), Joe Haldeman (Contribuidor), Elizabeth Hand (Contribuidor), Nina Kiriki Hoffman (Contribuidor), James Patrick Kelly (Contribuidor), Kathe Koja (Contribuidor), Ursula K. Le Guin (Contribuidor), Barry N. Malzberg (Contribuidor), Ardath Mayhar (Contribuidor), Michael Moorcock (Contribuidor), David Morrell (Contribuidor), Larry Niven (Contribuidor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contribuidor), Kit Reed (Contribuidor), Rudy Rucker (Contribuidor), Peter Schneider (Contribuidor), John Shirley (Contribuidor), Dan Simmons (Contribuidor), Michael Marshall Smith (Contribuidor), Harry Turtledove (Contribuidor), Robert E. Vardeman (Contribuidor), Catherine Wells (Contribuidor), Laura Whitton (Contribuidor), Gene Wolfe (Contribuidor)

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"On K2 With Kankaredes," by Dan Simmons (2001): 3.75
- Tripe and, even worse, overlong at that. This is Borges worst nightmare: the short story in which nothing is essential. Two thoughts: this is what I anticipated with "original" collections, in that these are all commissioned and delivered in response to the prompt and, therefore, read like something unnecessary and coerced (and in this case, like a horrible 15% narrative atttached on to Simmons burgeoning amateur interest in the mechanics of mountain climbing or something), as is especially evident in the sloppy prose and meandering narrative/prose, almost as if he had no idea where he was going as he was going there; second, what in the mind of Simmons or the Editor at all says "pushing the limits of extreme speculative fiction" about this travesty?

"The Building," by Ursula K. Le Guin (2001): 9.25
- So this seems to be it, the apotheosis of the certain type of ersatz anthropological SF, either consciously or unconsciously aping the prose style and points of academic interest of a certain (pop) anthro or ethnographic work. Le Guin comes to it honestly, as all these recent obituaries of her have noted. But, this is the most successful of those endeavors. Our story: we get an insanely top down, tell tell tell never show, description of an alien culture and their alien ways and alien customs, replete with a quick historical rundown of the culture as well. That is, two intelligent, but different species on the planet coexist, the less powerful has a strange custom of building massive structures for no apparent reason. Wonderfully, we realized about halfway through that there is a participant observer in the field with these creatures as they're doing their inscrutable work, and that she's trying to understand them as are we. Along with that, we get some quasi-philosophical ruminations on war and intent that, if still a little hackneyed, or none the less better than anything else you would get in genre work. Where this might go wrong: the ending, which I need to think about more, but on first glance looks like it's tying the building ritual to a sort of epigenetic impulses towards servility towards the other, erstwhile more powerful species on the planet. Eh.

"Froggies," by Laura Whitton (2001): 6.75
- Like many stories (this one: of well-intentioned scientists kidnapping alien babies on an alien planet to show they have the ability to communicate) in this collection: overlong, overwrought, and more than a bit simplistic. Interesting premise from a xenomorphology angle, and the opening courtroom setup did what it should, but otherwise little here, save for some sketchy characterization (the 'father's' back and forth on his love for his xenokid and the narrative's indecisiveness on whether that should matter to our consideration of him), and some uninteresting thinking about human psychology and emotions.
  Ebenmaessiger | Oct 9, 2019 |
This large book of short stories was subtitled "extreme visions of speculative fiction". For some reason I was hoping for Science Fiction, but got more fantasy and not much of it that extreme. Some of the stories were good, some were even interesting Science Fiction. I finally finished it after picking at it for a few months with an "eh." (August 30, 2005) ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
Great collection of speculative fiction. ( )
  rbaech | Mar 8, 2009 |
This book is not Dangerous Visions. True, that is a tough standard for any book, and it is unfair to expect a book to hit that standard. Rather, if a review is going to start by comparing a book to Dangerous Visions it should only be if that is going to be a positive comparison.

But, the editor of this collection asks for the comparison. The introduction lays out the editor’s premise – to make a Dangerous Visions for the new millennium. The editor begs the comparison. The collection falls more than short. This collection has some vision, but no danger. And, maybe more importantly, there is little memorable in the stories.

I still vividly remember reading Dangerous Visions – each story impacting me. Sometimes it was a positive impact, sometimes negative. But every story left an image. I can still look at the titles and be thrown back into those memorable stories. With the pages of Redshift there is nothing memorable. I look back at the titles and recall….nothing. It is not that they are bad stories, they are just not memorable. And that is a great sin when you have set your sights so high.

Where it failed is hard to say. Was it that it takes an Ellisonesque approach to get the best out of people? Was it because this book seemed to lack new, groundbreaking authors? Was it that there just isn’t anything dangerous to be said anymore?

I refuse to believe the last is true. I think there are stories out there that shatter with skill. And I appreciate that the editor tried to do something more than collect new stories. But maybe the greatest failing of this collection is not that it didn’t live up to the hype of being the next Dangerous Visions. Maybe the greater failing is that it became a collection of stories that were just…okay. ( )
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Schneider, PeterContribuidorautor secundariotodas las edicionesconfirmado
Shirley, JohnContribuidorautor secundariotodas las edicionesconfirmado
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Vardeman, Robert E.Contribuidorautor secundariotodas las edicionesconfirmado
Wells, CatherineContribuidorautor secundariotodas las edicionesconfirmado
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Redshift: Doppler effect evidenced by a move toward the red end of the spectrum, indicating motion away from Earth - as in an expanding universe.
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