Saturday, November 11, 2006

Make a nerd happy this year

No right minded nerd (OK, scifi loving nerd, but the overlap is pretty huge) will want to miss The Space Opera Renaissance. This is the gift that keeps on giving, close to 1,000 pages of space adventure stories. The thesis is that space opera began as a term to put down space adventure stories, but was adopted by those who wrote and read them as a banner of pride. The books editors are David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. They also edited Ascent of Wonder, the best scifi collection I have ever read. Flipping through this volume, I saw a lot of good names and spotted a relatively hard to find Iain M Banks tale, which get the right people salivating.

Dropping 1K pages of sf on a non-nerd will get a dirty look, but for the right person this is reading nirvana.

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