The Turing Test
by Chris Beckett
Elastic Press Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780955318184
Date: 01 August 2008 List Price £5.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
In his introduction to this new Chris Beckett collection, Alastair Reynolds says of the author "... he's a committed, serious writer of science fiction - subtle and adventurous in equal measure - and his stories have been appearing in major venues for the better part of two decades, attracting acclaim and (at least once) not a small measure of controversy.".
Elastic Press gather together fourteen of Beckett's excellent stories and there are some real highlights here - particularly the title story, The Turing Test and The Gates of Troy a tightly written time travel adventure.
"These fourteen stories, among other things, contain robots, alien planets, genetic manipulation and virtual reality, but their centre focuses on individuals rather than technology, and they deal with love and loneliness, authenticity and illusion, and what it really means to be human."