First Contact: Digital Science Fiction Anthology (Digital Science Fiction Short Stories Series One) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 12, 2015
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- Publisher : Digital Science Fiction; 2nd edition (November 12, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 164 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1927598125
- ISBN-13 : 978-1927598122
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.37 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,385,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have read a TON of SF over the years, and am a very critical analyst and a "hard grader". I strongly favor "hard" SF. Rating a story as a 5 is a somewhat rare thing for me. Of the 10 stories in the book, if I have to rate one of them as a 5, I would say "Roanoke, Nevada". Even that is a bit of a stretch. Some true 5s (for me) would be "Dragon's Egg" by Robert L. Forward, and "Eaters Of Bone"and "Alone", both by Robert Reed. I realize that this is all VERY subjective, and just my own personal judgment.
I substantially concur with Martin Shoemaker's review of the stories, and will add my own thoughts on the stories which I had any significant difference of opinion:
Biting a Dead Man's Hand - WAY too little SF IMHO... "Hey, let's just throw in a sentence that we came from another planet, that makes this SF, right???". Quite well written, but would only give this a 3 of 5 for its very weak SF aspect.
Nectar of the Gods - Regardless as to whether too short, as Mr. Shoemaker contends, the ending went a little too bizarre and into the fantasy realm for my liking. Which is rather the gist of the failing in the previously mentioned story. I do concur with his rating of 3 of 5
The Tortoise Parliament - A little too "Space Opera" for my taste, and I could not acquiesce to the premise of deploying a delegation bound by the authority of those decades away. For the quality of the storytelling I would change his 5 star rating to 4 of 5.
Black Sun - very dark and somewhat disturbing... no trouble with distractions as Mr. Shoemaker mentioned, but the character of the "interpreter" had skills that seem a little too inconsistent and "hocus pocus". Maybe I'm nitpicking. I agree with a 3 of 5 rating.
Top reviews from other countries
I notice that the successor volumes are currently cheaper than this introductory anthology, so I will be reading these next to see what they have to offer.
7 Feb update -I see the price of this volume is now the same as others in this series
I found two or three wonderful and unmissable stories and one or two of lesser quality. The remainder were well written but forgettable stories. I will follow up on the other volumes of this collection, hoping that on such a platform many other great stories come to light.
Great variety of scenarios. Really do not know how the creative mind works and comes up with these stories.