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New Books and ARCs, 5/3/16

Some excellent books in today’s stack, I would say. Anything here call to you? Tell me in the comments!

By John Scalzi

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37 replies on “New Books and ARCs, 5/3/16”

Umm, The Big Book of Science Fiction, The Ultimate Collection, may be a bit of an overreach looking at it’s size alone. Maybe, really small print?

I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about The Big Book of Science Fiction. I grew up on Groff Conklin, and love blockbuster collections of short stories.

Darn you! My reading list and budget were hoping that you’d quit with the new book photos while on your sort-of-hiatus. I’ve just started watching the Grantchester mysteries on PBS, so those look good to me. It’s also hard to go wrong with Turtledove.

The only table of contents I could find for The Big Book Of Science Fiction is from an article about it:

http://io9.gizmodo.com/heres-the-table-of-contents-for-ann-and-jeff-vandermeer-1766754207

There’s some great stuff in there, and a lot of non-English entries if you like that sort of thing, but I have to say it doesn’t qualify as anything like an “ultimate collection” to me. Mind you, it’d have to be at least a dozen volumes each the size of a Buick to really earn that title, but still. It feels like they got all the A-level authors in there – Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, Ellison, and I didn’t actually intend to write those in alphabetical order – but missed a lot of slightly lesser names that really belong in there.

The Vandermeer’s usually put together some good collections, I’d give that one a go.

Also, There is something about the title Version Control that calls to me. I know… I know… judging books by their cover is frowned upon and here I can only see the spine!

According to Amazon, the Big Book of SF will be 1216 pages. That’s probably as big as a single volume can get. They made some interesting choices to reflect world SF including some stories translated for the first time.

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