Thursday, September 06, 2007

Some Fantastic Evening

The Summer 2007 issue of Some Fantastic is now online, available here as a downloadable PDF. Wherein whose pages you will find, Jessica Darago reviews my anthology Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge,which she describes as having an overall tone of "cheerful pessimism." Jessica praises Paul Di Filippo's "Wikiworld" as "a geektastic, giggle-inducing romp...a standout even in such a solid collection of stories," and is kinder on some of the "nostalgic" stories in the anthology than others have been. With what I hope is an acknowledgment of my desire to remain respectful of SF's historic roots, she says, "Even the future got started in the past." She calls out stories by Elizabeth Bear, Ken MacLeod, Stephen Baxter and others, and hasn't an unkind word for the book. Finally, Jessica concludes, "Fast Forward will be an interesting anthology series to watch. It is an ambitious project with a savvy, tasteful editor and could easily become the bedrock publication for Pyr."

Naturally, I won't presume to debate her.

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