|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 havent 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.