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.