Edited by Marty Halpern
Authors by Order of Appearance: Paul McAuley, Neil Gaiman, Karen Joy Fowler, Harry Turtledove, George Alec Effinger, Stephen King, Pat Murphey, Mike Resnick, Orson Scott Card, Bruce McAllister, Ernest Hogan, Pat Cadigan, Ursula K. LeGuin, Adam-Troy Castro, Michael Swanstck, Mark W. Tiedemann, Cory Doctorow, Elizabeth Moon, Nancy Kress, Jack Skillingstead, Robert Silverberg, Jeffrey Ford, Molly Gloss, Bruce Sterling, Charles Stross, & Stephen Baxter
Twenty-six fantastic stories about alien contact are stuffed into this anthology. From humor to romance to suspense each author finds their own world with aliens. Not only are all of the stories completely different, but all of them are worth multiple reads, and say something about the human condition. What I really enjoyed about this anthology, was that all of the stories are fairly recent. Especially with science fiction, I simply didn’t have much exposure to anything written by talented living authors. On a cute note, each story ends with a tiny alien head. All in all, this collection really blew me away and is my new favorite anthology. Simply put: awesome content, awesome authors, lots of awesomeness.
I would highly recommend this to anyone.
Nibble from Effinger’s story: “To hear a nup talk, he had a direct line to some categorical imperative that spelled everything out in terms that were unflinchingly black and white. Hollyhocks were the best flower.”
My Rating: 10 out of 10 glowing green apples
I received a free paper copy of this book from the First Reads program via Goodreads.