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With the Craigslist of the future, apply for a job on Mars. In the maps of the past, learn the secrets of using dessicated penguin feet as an explorer of the Antarctic. These are just two of the voyages you will take in these pages, just a pair of the places you have been online. Featuring stories by legends such as Peter S. Beagle and Nancy Kress, speculative fiction star With the Craigslist of the future, apply for a job on Mars. In the maps of the past, learn the secrets of using dessicated penguin feet as an explorer of the Antarctic. These are just two of the voyages you will take in these pages, just a pair of the places you have been online. Featuring stories by legends such as Peter S. Beagle and Nancy Kress, speculative fiction stars Cory Doctorow and Catherynne M. Valente, newcomers Merrie Haskell and Beth Bernobich, plus many more, Unplugged surfs the Web so you don't have to.


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With the Craigslist of the future, apply for a job on Mars. In the maps of the past, learn the secrets of using dessicated penguin feet as an explorer of the Antarctic. These are just two of the voyages you will take in these pages, just a pair of the places you have been online. Featuring stories by legends such as Peter S. Beagle and Nancy Kress, speculative fiction star With the Craigslist of the future, apply for a job on Mars. In the maps of the past, learn the secrets of using dessicated penguin feet as an explorer of the Antarctic. These are just two of the voyages you will take in these pages, just a pair of the places you have been online. Featuring stories by legends such as Peter S. Beagle and Nancy Kress, speculative fiction stars Cory Doctorow and Catherynne M. Valente, newcomers Merrie Haskell and Beth Bernobich, plus many more, Unplugged surfs the Web so you don't have to.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    There's a way to beat Sturgeon's Law, and it is to collect, to distill, to filter out the crud until you have synthesized something that beats the odds. I won't pretend that I thought every story in this anthology was a winner, but the percentage is very high. Take the itchy inventiveness of Mercurio D. Rivera's "Snatch Me Another," which adds a brilliant little bit of speculative technology to human characters who probably would act just that way. Or the way Jason Stoddard takes two small and p There's a way to beat Sturgeon's Law, and it is to collect, to distill, to filter out the crud until you have synthesized something that beats the odds. I won't pretend that I thought every story in this anthology was a winner, but the percentage is very high. Take the itchy inventiveness of Mercurio D. Rivera's "Snatch Me Another," which adds a brilliant little bit of speculative technology to human characters who probably would act just that way. Or the way Jason Stoddard takes two small and plausible advances and builds a touching tale of star-struck slackers out of them, in "Willpower." I also liked the charming cartoon physics and autistic-spectrum protagonist of Will McIntosh's "Linkworlds," and the Gibsonesque teenagers of Tina Connolly's "The Bitrunners." There are a few more familiar names as well—Peter S. Beagle's contemplative "The Tale of Junko and Sayuri," for example, shows a tremendously talented fantasist still at the top of his game, and there are strong entries here by Nancy Kress, Cory Doctorow and Catherynne M. Valente. Rich Horton, a regular on the Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.sf.written (which, if you recognize that reference, should tell you how long he's been around) among other places, has put together a book that lives up to its subtitle, and that's no small feat. Its flaws are trivial and easily ignored; "Sci-Fi" is, after all, a common solecism—at least it wasn't spelled "Syfy" this time—and this book is but one more victim, less wounded than most, of the dying art of proofreading... the Beagle story's title character ended up being called "Sayiri" in the table of contents, the word "stationary" was used to mean notepaper, and there was a confusion between the names "Elliot" and "Eliot" that made me stumble once, early on. The stories themselves, though, beat Sturgeon's odds all hollow.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Clearly I need to explore the world of online science fiction and fantasy further. This collection had a delicious array of inventive speculative fiction. "Air and Angels" painted a gorgeously realized early-20th-century culture, "Snatch Me Another" was chillingly realistic in its portrayal of human abuse of a new multiple-universe technology, "First Rites" was pure beauty amidst the grittiness of the near future, and...explore all these stories for yourself. The stories are more imaginative and Clearly I need to explore the world of online science fiction and fantasy further. This collection had a delicious array of inventive speculative fiction. "Air and Angels" painted a gorgeously realized early-20th-century culture, "Snatch Me Another" was chillingly realistic in its portrayal of human abuse of a new multiple-universe technology, "First Rites" was pure beauty amidst the grittiness of the near future, and...explore all these stories for yourself. The stories are more imaginative and less formulaic than in most collections, due no doubt to the comparatively low overhead of online publishing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Allan

    I got this for $2 at Goodwill bookstore, a deal. The best of this bunch is Peter Beagle's that's a retelling through Japanese fairytale. Docotorow's piece is my second favorite and it comes pretty close to MacLeod's Execution Channel. WTH, Bernobich's Air and Angels: is assumed no one knows The Women That Men Don't See, and a new author can just plagiarize blatantly with impunity, and presumption no one will know or notice. I liked Girl-Prince, too. I really disliked the Hal Duncan.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Like most compilations, there are some hits & misses here. Overall I found them enjoyable though. My favorite was probably "Snatch Me Another", which strokes my fetish of "here's a revolutionary scifi invention, let's look at the moral/societal ramifications of it".

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Above average for a story collection without a real theme. Though I skipped the first story after a couple of pages, the next one made me glad I kept reading, and on the whole these stories are excellent.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides

    Interesting concept. Almost all of the stories were good and interesting; some were even better than good.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Josh Storey

    Love the Hal Duncan story, and the Cory Doctorow one. On hold with my other short story collections.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    This is an excellent set of stories. I didn't relate to all of them, but I could see that they were good. I especially loved the last one (okay, maybe I was biased because of the title).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Meran

    Excellent book. I rated it 4.6 stars, which when rounding up, makes it 5 stars! I may add the individual story ratings later.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Renata

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dan Goodman

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Nelson

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rich

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christen

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

  16. 4 out of 5

    Thanos Kandris

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gary Ehrlich

  18. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

  19. 5 out of 5

    Adam

  20. 4 out of 5

    Don

  21. 5 out of 5

    Denise Farrell

  22. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    Some really excellent new sci-fi stories here; I was disappointed when they were all gone.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Lindamood

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joel Walsh

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Richards

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Bladyka

  27. 5 out of 5

    Robert

  28. 5 out of 5

    James

  29. 4 out of 5

    Molly

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura Kim

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