Top critical review
Mostly disappointing but worth a peek
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 7, 2022
I debated rating it between two and three stars.On the whole, if this is a harbinger of the new wave of SF and fantasy writing, I'd rather opt for the steamy romance section. There are overall problems - Too many fillers, too long bios of writers and illustrators, and the art is pretty awful. The stories are mostly rehash of ideas exhaustively written about with little innovation. But here and there there is a sparkle and this makes the volume worth perusing. For whatever it's worth, my scoring (out of 10): 1- Living Rooms - a nice initial twist on magic, which fails to bloom as the action proceeds- score 7.0; The Black Side of Memory - predictable, boring, trite - score 4.0; Lisa With Child - another attempt to chew on the AI theme, but this one well written and with a cute twist (although ending just bland) - score- 8.0; Not In The Flesh - Blade Runner echo, minus the visuals - score 7.5; Seeing Double - telepathy revisited with "who am I really?" hanging over every page. Hard to follow and I suspect that this is not a literary tool but rather a way to make the readers humbled by their own deficits - score 6.5; Exanastasis - Greek mythology suffused human vs. AI offspring generation gap. Could be very good but rolls on to a predictable resolution. Furthermore, I expected from the Greek Connection much more than just names - score 6.0; Poison Inside The Walls - classical timeless SF genre, quite well done. Solution begs for a sequel - score - 8.0; Confliction - our bodies as vessels to ourselves as memories. A theme that has been written about and chewed over many a time. This one not brilliant- score 6.0; Digital Rights - the BEST story in the volume. Our AI copies, are they just tools or us all over again, very well written too - score 9.5; Cowards Steel - another take on the time loop. Slightly Le Guin-esque in style and good writing - score - 8.5; Written In Light - different strokes for different (ET)folks painted with an eye on Tolkien's Ents - score 4.0; The House Of The Nameless - it's a mad universe, after all. Written by a well educated and erudite writer. Boils over with nonsense, but FUN - score -9.5. Good luck.