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But I've tried hard to be straight there's nothing left I can say - Not if You Were the Last Short Story on Earth
But I've tried hard to be straight there's nothing left I can say
Robert Reed is having a good year already. The Man with the Golden Balloon, from the Galactic Empires anthology, is a gripping, creepy tale in which a couple exploring the deepest uncharted regions of their ship, and their encounter with a mysterious alien presence who tells them his story. This is a long story, but I found myself entranced. A truly dark and frightening piece that captures the sense of humanity confronted by an entity higher up the food chain, so to speak. Highly recommended.

I also really enjoyed Reed's story Five Thrillers, in the April edition of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Again, Reed is concerned with power, in this case the way humanity itself elevates and follows a charismatic but morally bankrupt man. It's an intriguing read, and the reader's fascination is held by the protagonist's mysterious nature and the uncertainty of events. Ultimately the story seems to operate as a critique of humanity in its willingness to follow and be seduced by such figures. Again, highly recommended.
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bluetyson From: bluetyson Date: 5th February 2008 09:17 (UTC) (Link)
Guess the editorial Super Powers are working.

I just got the March F&SF! :)

Galactic Empires does sound entertaining.
From: ex_benpayne119 Date: 5th February 2008 11:57 (UTC) (Link)
F&SF has had a good year. I mean, they're always very good, but I think they've stood out this year so far.

I've only read a couple of the Galactic Empires stories so far. They're long stories so I'm spacing them out. Looks likely to be one of the must-reads of the year though...
From: (Anonymous) Date: 5th February 2008 11:48 (UTC) (Link)
You should also check out "Fifty Dinosaurs" in The Solaris Book of SF 2.
From: ex_benpayne119 Date: 5th February 2008 11:55 (UTC) (Link)
Actually, yes. The ending didn't quite work for me personally, which was the only thing that prevented me listing it along with the other two. But it's a very entertaining piece and thematically fits well with the stories above. Definitely worth checking out too.
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