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The new space opera shares with the old the interstellar sweep of events and exotic locales, but Dozois and Strahan's all-original anthology shows how the genre's purveyors have updated it, with rigorous science, well-drawn characters and excellent writing. Many of the 18 stories play with the scope that characterizes classic space opera. In Greg Egan's "Glory," creatures embody themselves as aliens to perform archeological research, only to get caught up in a struggle between two worlds. Robert Reed's "Hatch," limited in locale to the hull of a giant ship, proves that the scope of the struggle for life is always epic. Stephen Baxter's "Remembrance" walks a line between the personal and the global as resisters against Earth's conquerors remember one man's struggle against the alien invaders. Kage Baker's humorous "Maelstrom," in which an acting troupe on frontier Mars puts on a Poe story for the miners there, tells a personal story in an epic setting. The new space opera teaches us that despite the bizarre turns humanity may take to conquer these outre settings, a recognizable core of humanity remains. (June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"Dynamic and exciting, THE NEW SPACE OPERA is something new under an alien sun, an essential roadmap to the cutting edge of SF today."--Charles Stross "In sheer breathtaking, mind-expanding scope, this collection . . . delivers hours of exhilarating reading."--Booklist "Dynamic and exciting, THE NEW SPACE OPERA is...an essential roadmap to the cutting edge of SF today..."--Charles Stross "The roster of contributors includes some of contemporary sf's brightest innovators... In sheer breathtaking, mind-expanding scope, this collection of some of the finest tale-spinning the subgenre has to offer delivers hours of exhilarating reading."--Booklist "This anthology is a reminder of why science fiction captured the hearts and minds of generations of generations of readers."--Orson Scott Card "One of the best anthologies ever assembled by this most prolific of science fiction editors...."--Joe Haldeman "Highly recommended!"--Greg Bear ..".Dozois and Strahan bring together some of the finest writers in the field..."--Vernor Vinge
Award-winning editors Dozoi (editor of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine) and Strahan (reviews editor of Locus and coeditor of Science Fiction: The Best of- and Fantasy: The Best of ... anthology series) have put together an exceedingly fine set of stories written specifically for this collection by some of the best sf authors writing today. These 18 tales run the gamut from technologically centered hard science (think exploding comets and artificial intelligence) to character-driven soft science (settling on new worlds). Alien perspectives are balanced by humanistic introspection. Many of the stories mine the genre's favorite nuggets by exploring political and ethical questions from varied and unusual points of view. In the great tradition of space opera-not to be confused with soap opera, although there is some similarity in the epic sprawl of the underpinnings-the collection shows both remarkable diversity and cohesiveness. Standouts from Kage Baker, Paul J. McAuley, Nancy Kress, Gregory Benford, and Dan Simmons, among others, make this a solid purchase for public libraries with sf and/or short story collections.-Charli Osborne, Oxford P.L., MI Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.