A little over a year ago, I wrote a review of a book called Visions III – Inside the Kuiper Belt. I’d gone into that one with low expectations, but the book blew them all away. It’s still one of the best contributor copies I’ve ever read.
Unlike its predecessor, Visions VI – Galaxies had some big expectations to live up to. I’m happy to report that it succeeded reasonably well. It’s not as good as Visions III, but then, almost no anthology I’ve read in the past few years is. What it is, however, is a solid collection of writing about space, with adventure and wonder thrown in for condiment.
In a collection of 13 stories (of which I will only comment on 12 as the final tale was “Cloud Marathon”, written by yours truly), there is only one true clunker – a writer who gets the science very wrong (you need to know what a galaxy is if you’re writing a story about galaxies) and is also preachy.
Other than that, though, this book is full of good stuff. Everything from way-out satire of SF television (“Space Opera” by Amos Parker is the memorable story that does this) to introspective tales that make you question humanity’s behavior (“Final Contact” by Al Onia), it spans the gamut.
Favorites? There are a couple. Bruce C. Davis’ “Old Soldiers” packs a strong emotional punch, while “Unity” by Tom Olbert is pure adventure goodness (this one almost lost me for being a little preachy and PC, but the writing carried the day in the end). But there are other good ones as well, making this a solid read.
So, another good one in this series. The good news for you is that there are a total of seven anthos in this series. The good news for me is that I still have my contributor copy of Visions VII sitting in my pile. A treat to come.
Gustavo Bondoni is a novelist and short story writer from Argentina. For people who like anthologies similar to Visions, he recommends his book Siege. You can check it out here.