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'The 15 pieces in this diverse, enjoyable anthology…showcase the wide variety of ideas the short science fiction story can accommodate…The result is sure to please” – Publishers Weekly
“[Mur Lafferty is] …one of the worst-kept secrets in science fiction and fantasy publishing.” – Cory Doctorow
"Podcast fans will undoubtedly enjoy this book, as they experience stories written by their favorite “escape artists.” For the uninitiated in the Escape Pod universe, consider this anthology as an invitation to the new fiction revolution." - Portland Book Review
"Excellently curated and arranged, this collection really does provide a nice range of the best that SF has been offering, from a variety of voices and perspectives" – Skiffy and Fanty
"If Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology is any indication to the quality of the work found in the podcast, it is certainly worth checking out."
SF Book Review
"As subversive as it is excellent."
"One of the strongest anthologies I’ve ever read... All science fiction fans should add Escape Pod to your “must read” list immediately!"
Books, Bones & Buffy
"Hugely satisfying and well worth your attention.”
Runalong the Shelves
"Not only is it a book that shows the beauty and versatility of the science fiction genre, but it’s one that will leave you wanting to read more."
"A great anthology ... Escape Pod delivers it all."
Liis Thinks Review
"I can fully recommend [Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology]"
"Something for everyone!"
Lisa's Books, Gems & Tarot
"I would definitely recommend this anthology."
The Curious Reader
"There is something for everyone in this collection."
"A marvellous collection, and one I wholeheartedly recommend" – Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reviews
About the Author
Mur Lafferty is a writer, podcast producer, gamer, geek, and martial artist. She is the host of the award winning podcast I Should Be Writing, and the host of the Angry Robot Books Podcast. She is the winner of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B085BSBZ18
- Publisher : Titan Books (November 24, 2020)
- Publication date : November 24, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2684 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 260 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #590,364 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Some of the stories regarding human rights issues overtly address them whereas others are more subtle. None were rants! All titled entries contain storylines that kept my interest with one ending suddenly; before the story had fully developed. I like short story anthologies for those times when I have no choice but to sit and wait. Waiting is something that I don’t do well. I’ll read articles in waiting room periodicals and newspaper about subjects in which I have no interest. Or I’ll put in my earbuds for podcasts listening, although I sometimes think that this is rude. It gives notice to anyone near me that I don’t want to talk to them. Whilst that may true, it’s not what I want to portray.
If you’re a Sci-Fi lover who’s looking for a quick read, Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology will meet that requirement and the stories give you something to ponder when you’re through.
Second Disclaimer: I have been enjoying Escape Pod since its first year, so I am not an impartial reviewer.
There are so many positive things I can say about "Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology". Let me start by mentioning that Escape Pod is one of the first podcasts that I subscribed to back around 2006 to make my commute more enjoyable. I find the selection of thought provoking science fiction stories and excellent narration in Escape Pod to remind me of my favorite radio show, Mind Webs from WHA Radio in Madison, Wisconsin. If I had to limit myself to a single podcast, it would be Escape Pod.
Next, the All-Star lineup of authors is fantastic. Ten of the 15 authors are multiple winners of prestigious awards such as Hugo, Campbell, Locus, Nebula, Parsec, and others. And most of the remaining authors have been nominated for these awards. Nine of the 15 authors have instant name recognition to me as I enjoyed their novels that they are on my "I will read anything they write" list. Since I believe that other science fiction fans may feel the same way, let me list their names: Kameron Hurley, Tim Pratt, Ken Liu, Sarah Galley, Mur Lafferty, John Scalzi, Mary Robinette Kowal, Cory Doctorow, and N.K. Jemisin. And the remaining authors, T. Kingfisher, Beth Cato, Maurice Broaddus, Tobias Buckell, Greg van Eekhout, and Tina Connolly are on the fast track to becoming my newest favorite authors because their stories vividly came to life for me, in some cases even more than the author's I already knew.
Next, the selection of short stories themselves was fantastic. Well written short stories instantly grab the readers attention and do not let go until the end. These are all well written short stories. These stories have everything from a recent college grad learning that she is actually a princess from a parallel universe, galactic communication enabled by the Sun's gravitational lens, travelers who send their mind via telecommunication to be recreated as clones at their destination, previously unknown "supernatural" creatures migrating from Earth to space stations, generation ships, steampunk as Dickens would have written, extra-solar colonies, and much more.
This was a wonderful anthology. I can't wait to read the next one!
I know Mur Lafferty from Six Wakes, her locked room clone murder mystery inspired by one of my favorite video games. So I was excited to see she had co-edited an anthology. I didn’t realize it was based on Escape Pod, her fiction podcast! This is chock full of excellent stores by many of the biggest names in SFF, from John Scalzi to Mary Robinette Kowal. I especially liked Kameron Hurley’s short story about time travelers trying to fix a future they no longer remember. N. K. Jemisin’s story felt more cute than good to me - I think I prefer her works long form when they have a chance to breathe. But that is the beauty of an anthology like this one - if a story isn’t to your taste, another one will be along in a few pages!
Thanks to NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.