Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

Zima Blue Zima Blue
by Alastair Reynolds

Supplied for review by Harper Collins New Zealand

Reviewed By: Simon Litten

For most people Alastair Reynolds is better known as a novelist rather than as an exponent of shorter length SF, but Zima Blue should redress that balance. Zima Blue is a collection of fourteen, some related but mostly standalone, short stories, novellas and novelettes. I must admit to not having read any of Mr Reynolds’ novels, but if the novellas are anything to go by, I should enjoy then immensely.

I was entranced by this collection of peeks and glances at futures that haven’t yet happened. This is a V8 of a book, firing on all cylinders, running on high octane fuel with only slight pinking during moments of heavy acceleration.

The stories run the gamut of the near future to the far future; from what it means to remember and what it means to forget.

If I have any criticism of this book, it would be the inexplicable urge to purchase further works by Mr Reynolds shut myself away and read them – very soon.

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