Wednesday, May 24, 2006

They love me in Pittsburgh

Ann Cecil reviews me twice in the current issue of Sigma (May 2006, Issue Number 242), the newsletter of Parsec, the Pittsburgh SF club.

She calls my Mindscan "highly recommended," and of the anthology Down These Dark Spaceways, edited by Mike Resnick and containing my "Identity Theft," she has this to say:

This is one of the best anthologies I have ever read. Mike Resnick got an all-star lineup of contributors: the six stories (novellas) are by Resnick, Robert Reed, Catherine Asaro, Jack McDevitt, David Gerrold, and Robert Sawyer. All of them are good, both as mysteries and as science-fiction. I read one right after the other, in each case sucked in by the premise, and yet each story is vivid and memorable.

Best of the lot is the last story, by Robert Sawyer. "Identity Theft" is on the Hugo ballot, and it is easy to see why. The story starts with the classic cliches [of hard-boiled detective fiction] and then twists and twists, until the reader is breathless keeping up. The conclusion is non-stop action -- literally slam-bang.

I was just going to dip into this anthology, and instead found myself addicted. Highly Recommended; this one is worth joining the SFBC.


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