Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Reviewed in the National Press



Hooray. The Rocket Science anthology got reviewed in The Guardian by Eric Brown, and I got my name in the national paper:

Rocket Science, edited by Ian Sales (Mutation Press, £8.99)
Sales's motive in editing this anthology was to demonstrate that science fiction about space "didn't need implausible gosh-wow special effects and OTT space-operatics in order to be good science fiction, or indeed to entertain". All the tales are set in the near future, and all are in some way about space and humanity's relation to it. The strength of the collection is that the best of the stories – and the standard is very high – are about the human condition. Standouts include Craig Pay's "Incarnate", a harrowing account of a mother and father's response to their cloned daughter's desire for suicide on Titan; "A Biosphere Ends" by Stephen Palmer, a complex and moving examination of ecological breakdown on a Martian colony; and Deborah Walker's poignant "Sea of Maternity", about the conflict between motherhood and scientific ambition on the moon. Superb.

16 comments:

  1. Ooh, that's wonderful. Many congrats, Deborah.

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  2. You must be so very proud. Congratulations :) - any chance of an autograph? ;)

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    1. Thanks, Mark. In fact I did a bit of autographing at Eastercon. Sadly,I forgot my pen.

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  3. Bloody Hell and well... Bloody hell.

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  4. Validation of any kind is great, but this is the best of all. Congrats!

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  5. Wow!!! The Guardian!

    That's wonderful :) Congratulations!

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  6. Oh wow Awesome! Congratulations. You must be well chuffed.

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  7. Holy Cow! Eric Brown is fantastic too! I've read several of his novels and short stories. He even singled you out! That is too awesome for words.

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  8. Cheers! And super congrats, Deborah. You own Cloud 9.

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  9. Thanks every one. It's pretty cool.

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  10. Poignant AND superb? I wouldn't expect anything less from you. Way to go!

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    1. *laughs* It's a bit of a grey area, Milo. The superb may refer to the entire collection or to my story. Who can say for sure?

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  11. Wow, you must be totally chuffed! (that's a Brit word, right?). Way to go, Lady:)

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  12. Hooray! What a cool thing. With reviews like that, you should be dusting off that longer ms. and seeking an agent or something!

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