Far Horizons: All New Tales from the Greatest Worlds of Science Fiction by Robert Silverberg*****Old Music and the Slave Woman - Ursula K. LeGuin.
Yes, I checked this book out from the library because I saw that it had a LeGuin story I hadnt read before! And yes, this alone was worth the price of admission. (Well, since it was from the library there wasnt a price, but, you know...)
Set in the world of the Ekumen. The egalitarian interplanetary alliance has come to this corner of the galaxy. Ideas of freedom have spread, causing riots and rebellion in a society based on racial slavery. An ambassador of the Ekumen is kidnapped by those who hope to use him as a political mouthpiece, and imprisoned.
A mere recital of the events of the tale cant come even close to LeGuins succinct but thorough exploration of the evils of social injustice, tempered by the further evils that can happen when lofty ideals meet imperfect human reality. Theres more here to think about than in a dozen angry political screeds, and much more of worth.
*** A Separate War - Joe Haldeman.
A story which fills in a gap covering what happened to one of the main characters in The Forever War when the two protagonists were separated. A heterosexual woman from our time period deals with losing her lover, is trained for officership in a space military, and comes to terms with living in a homosexual future. I didnt enjoy this as much as I remember liking Forever War, but it was OK.
** Investment Counselor - Orson Scott Card.
This story introduces Ender Wiggin (of Enders Game) to the AI, Jane. Ender has just turned 20 and must figure out how to deal with his huge and hugely complicated trust fund. Jane presents herself as a piece of accounting software. While Jane is the star of the show, here (by far the most intriguing and likable character in the story), the piece doesnt answer enough questions about her to really stand on its own - it feels like a piece of deus ex machina. The custom of speaking for the dead as described here, is unconvincing - a better job has been done elsewhere in Cards work.
** Temptation - David Brin.
Ive read Brins first Uplift trilogy, but years ago. I remember thinking they were pretty all right, but havent gotten around to the second trilogy. This short story set in that world, didnt really do it for me. It had a bit too much jammed into not enough pages, and the action and philosophy didnt quite mesh. Rather a lot of time is spent in setting up a reasonably interesting sci-fi scenario - and then its sort of dropped: Wait! Something new has come along! Now we are going to be faced with a philosophical dilemma having to do with the nature of reality and free will! The terms in which the dilemma is discussed also seemed somewhat out of character for the individuals involved, as theyd been presented up until then. I also just didnt find his sentient dolphins to be very compelling characters.
** Getting to Know the Dragon - Robert Silverberg.
Since Silverbergs the editor, I guess he gets to put in whatever he wants! I havent read any of Silverbergs other Roma Aeterna alternate history stories, but I didnt find this one to be among his best work. Again, there are two parts to the story that dont really mesh that well. The main character, a scholar and Renaissance man in a world dominated by the Roman emperor, has to deal with being co-opted into manic Imperial plans for grandiose architectural projects. The same character then reads a journal, recently unearthed from archives, telling the story of the hero Emperor Trajans journey around the globe. Like Captain Cook or Columbus, his supposedly heroic journey was actually marked by cruelty and barbarism. The take away seems to be that a decadent and peaceful society may be better than a supposedly progressive one. Im fine with that premise, but the story just didnt fully win me over.
*** Orphans of the Helix - Dan Simmons
For some reason, the introduction to/description of this story didnt really grab me - but I actually really liked the story itself. It effectively advertised Simmons Hyperion books, which I havent yet read - but definitely want to. A bit reminiscent of a Star Trek episode, this short story has the AIs of a colony ship wake some of the crew to deal with a problem theyve encountered - a far-flung colony is being harassed by a seemingly automated alien harvester ship. Very enjoyable.
*** Sleeping Dogs - Nancy Kress
Set in the world of her Sleepless novels, this short story makes a bit of a side-note on how her theoretical new bio-technologies might affect the lower echelons of society. A trailer-trash type family illegally purchases some genetically modified puppies. Tragedy - and revenge - ensues. Not bad, but it didnt fully transcend stereotypes.
*** The Boy Who Would Live Forever - Frederick Pohl
I believe this story was later expanded into a novel of the same name. Its part of the Heechee saga, which, due to the silly name, I always feel ought to be absurd and comic, but is actually fairly earnest sci-fi. This is very much in the vein of classic sci-fi for boys. A young man (and his buddy) are willing to stake everything on a gamble of a mission - setting out randomly in an alien ship and hoping to find something of monetary value. But what he finds exceeds his wildest dreams...
*** The Ship that Returned - Anne McCaffrey.
Really, more like 2.5. The brain-ship Helva (of The Ship Who Sang series) is experiencing grief after the death of her elderly partner, but finds herself a mission and some coping strategies to help her deal with it. McCaffreys very old-fashioned ideas regarding interpersonal relationships are very much on display here, but, as with most of her work, the writing style is breezily entertaining.
* The Way of all the Ghosts - Greg Bear
Maybe it was just my state of mind, but this story completely failed to keep my attention. I havent read any of the associated material, so maybe that has something to do with it. The premise - a team of misfits sent to deal with some kind of problem involving a tube-shaped pocket universe and alternate timestreams - seemed much more interesting than the snoozy actuality.
2.7 rounds up to 3 - LeGuin rescued this book from being a 2.
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It is about an expedition led by Lewis and Clark , which is sent to survey the territory that the United States has just acquired in the Louisiana Purchase from France. They are able to overcome the dangers they encounter along the way with the help of a Shoshone woman named Sacagawea. This is currently the only major American motion picture on the Lewis and Clark expedition although there have been television documentaries on the subject.
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