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Tony C. Smith

Teoksen StarShipSofa Stories: Volume 1 tekijä

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Tekijän teokset

StarShipSofa Stories: Volume 1 (2009) — Toimittaja — 18 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
StarShipSofa Stories Volume 2 (2011) 8 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Everyone: Worlds Without Walls (2017) — Toimittaja — 5 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
StarShipSofa: The Captain's Log 3 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
StarShipSofa, #414: A Lonesome Speck of Home / Makeisha in Time (2013) — Host — 1 kappale, 1 arvostelu
Tales to Terrify, #189: Counting Places / Shafts / Bluebeard (2006) — Toimittaja — 1 kappale, 1 arvostelu

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UK

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I guess there is a classic tale that I was not familiar with so I can't compare this retelling with it. I found it utterly pointless. The story is told from the POV of a child as she watches her prostitute mother earn a living. Her mother and she are invited to visit a customer's home for the weekend and his creepiness is on full display.

At some times the author is very vulgar and at others her story telling fades to black.
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Corinne2020 | Feb 17, 2022 |
I listened to both stories in this edition and if I could read stories like this every time I picked up a book, I'd die happy.

-- A Lonesome Speck of Home by Beth Cato - 4*
That was a fun story. I'd like to read it to a grandchild some day.
The last man still living in his destroyed neighborhood is our MC and he is witnessing regular fights between 2 giant aliens. The government can't help so after another alien lies in the desert destroyed, he goes to investigate with the help of his grandson. What he discover is really going on is quite entertaining and his 80 years of life experience helps him navigate what needs to be done.

After this story make sure you google for and read INSTRUCTIONS by Bob Leman

-- Makeisha in Time by Rachael K. Jones - 5*
Starts at 57:45
That story was amazing. I enjoyed every moment in the story. I can feel that growing urge to find everything she has written and see what I have been missing out on my whole life. This StarShipSofa version was read by Stefan Rudnicki. I could listen to him read a shopping list and be pleased.

What can I say without spoiling any of it? A woman whose "base" is in our time keeps traveling back in time. Moments here when she is "suffering a migraine" are lifetimes in another time. After awhile she starts reviewing history books looking for mentions of her or correcting mistakes in the writings. She visits museums which should have evidence of her... Why is she not there or someone else gets credit?

It has an abrupt ending which makes perfect sense but I want more, more, more!

Interesting story comments: http://forum.escapeartists.net/index.php?topic=8301.0
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Corinne2020 | Mar 5, 2021 |
A spectacular book. Not only for the stories, which are indeed hit and miss, which is to be expected from most anthologies, but for the project. Tony Smith and the District of Wonders set out to create something that would highlight the benefits that we reap from embracing diversity and this anthology is a testament to that. Some of the stories will challenge your worldview, some might make you uncomfortable, but you will leave enriched.

Again, this is not diversity just for diversity's sake, which seems to be a common point of contention with projects like these (or, say, quotas or affirmative action policies), but it really shows what we have to lose if we ignore what our world and the many different humans on it have to bring to the table. And if the stories don't make it clear, then the author interviews do.

Yes, some of the stories felt a little shallow and if I had rated each story individually and taken the arithmetic mean, it would've gotten maybe 3.5 stars. But make no mistake, there are some spectacular ones here. But the best thing is that this book has been able to do two things: 1. It has inspired me to actively seek out communities of writers that I never would've gotten to in any other way (mostly because of the authors' recommendations in their interviews), 2. it has validated my view that diversity is not only important because of moral considerations, but that it has real, concrete value that is hard to see if you haven't encountered it but hard to overlook once you have.

Highly recommended.
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SpookyFM | 1 muu arvostelu | Jan 18, 2021 |
A (reprint) anthology celebrating the diversity that exists in the world of speculative fiction. True to that spirit, the stories themselves - which are generally pretty good - also show a great diversity, covering many subgenres of sf and fantasy.

Individual story ratings:

* "Introduction by Dr. Amy H. Sturgis (-)
* "Mother's Love" by Dayo Ntwari (****)
* "The Blood That Pulses in the Veins of One" by JY Yang (**)
* "Where It Ends" by Swapna Kishore (***)
* "The Remaker" by Fábio Fernandes (****)
* "The Night Train" by Lavie Tidhar (*****)
* "The Dust Garden" by Ken Liu (***)
* "The Galaxy's Cube" by Jeremy Szal (****)
* "The Mummer's Tale" by Samuel R. Delany (**)
* "Falling Sky" (excerpt) by Rajan Khanna (****)
* "Defying Gravity and Other Daily Grievances" by Eve Shi (***)
* "Notes Toward a Performance: The Narrow Bridge, December 2001" by Vajra Chandrasekera (*)
* "Slipping Sideways" by Carmelo Rafala (***)
* "The Seed Keeper" by Yukimi Ogawa (***)
* "From Scotland with Love" poem by Hal Duncan (*)
* "A Sailor Girl Goes Ashore" by Margrét Helgadóttir (***)
* "The Last Tale of Ambrose Bierce" by Luis G. Abbadie (***)
* "Virus" by Jonathan Dotse (***)
* "Violation of the TrueNet Security Act" by Taiyo Fujii (***)
* "Candy Girl" by Chikodili Emelumadu (**)
* "The Battle of the Palm Trees" by Yasser Bahjatt (***)
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igorken | 1 muu arvostelu | Nov 23, 2017 |

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Lavie Tidhar Contributor
Frederic Himebaugh Contributor
Dennis M. Lane Contributor
Graham Neil Reid Illustrator
Yasser Bahjatt Contributor
Doug Holverson Illustrator
Dee Cunniffe Designer
Bradley W. Schenck Illustrator
Tad Williams Contributor
Yukimi Ogawa Contributor
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Jack Calverley Illustrator
Luis G. Abbadie Contributor
Jonathan Dotse Contributor
Jonni Koponen Illustrator
Dave Krummenacher Illustrator
Brian Thomas Woods Illustrator
Thomas Crielly Illustrator
Evan Forsch Contributor
Daniel Tozer Illustrator
Timothy Booth Illustrator
Dayo Ntwari Contributor
Eve Shi Contributor
Taiyo Fujii Contributor
Jeremy Szal Contributor
Jerel Dye Illustrator
Simon Watkins Illustrator
David Brin Contributor
Daniele Serra Illustrator
Ben Greene Illustrator
Len O'Grady Illustrator
Samuel Delany Contributor
Aliette de Bodard Contributor
Kevin J. Anderson Contributor
Adam-Troy Castro Contributor
David Boyle Illustrator
Gregory Frost Contributor
Peter Watts Contributor
Steven Thomas Illustrator
Hal Duncan Contributor
Allen Steele Contributor
Nicola Griffith Contributor
Paul Cornell Contributor
Michael Swanwick Contributor
Karen Joy Fowler Contributor
James Morrow Contributor
Jack McDevitt Contributor
Joe Haldeman Contributor
David Malki ! Illustrator
John Joseph Adams Introduction
Brent Holmes Illustrator
Fábio Fernandes Contributor
Mike Dubisch Illustrator
Peter Snejbjerg Illustrator
Greg Broadmore Illustrator
Gareth L. Powell Contributor
Mercurio D. Rivera Contributor
Lawrence Santoro Contributor
Richard Case Illustrator
Will McIntosh Contributor
Mark Zug Illustrator
Patrick McEvoy Illustrator
Ken Liu Contributor
Felicity Dowker Contributor
Jeff Chapman Contributor
Ryan Stahl Narrator
M.J. Preston Contributor
Angela Slatter Contributor
Beth Cato Contributor
Rachael K. Jones Contributor
Kaaron Warren Contributor
Krista Sorta Narrator

Tilastot

Teokset
7
Jäseniä
40
Suosituimmuussija
#370,100
Arvio (tähdet)
4.0
Kirja-arvosteluja
7
ISBN:t
2