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The New Space Opera 2: All new stories of science fiction adventure
Edited by Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan
Review by Ernest Lilley
Eos Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061562358
Date: 01 July 2009 List Price $15.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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All the way through The new Space Opera 2 I've been plagued by the question of what space opera is, and whether or not the stories in here fit the bill. Better minds than mine have and will grapple with the question, of course, but that doesn't quite stop me from beating my head against the monolith to see how hard it is. It's pretty hard, by the way.

From official release/information:

From publicity material: The new space opera shares with the old the interstellar sweep of events and exotic locales, but this all-original anthology shows how the genre's purveyors have updated it, with rigorous science, well-drawn characters and excellent writing. The rich space opera tradition, extending from the off-world voyages of Verne and Wells to this galaxy-embracing anthology, is arguably sf's most prolific subgenre. Veteran anthologist Dozois and coeditor Strahan present some of the newest boundary-stretching variations on the category's many themes. Accordingly, the roster of contributors includes some of contemporary sf's brightest innovators.

Contributions include: "Utriusque Cosmi" by Robert Charles Wilson; "The Island" by Peter Watts; "Events Preceding the Hevetican Renaissance" by John Kessel; "To Go Boldly" by Cory Doctorow; "The Lost Princess Man" by John Barnes; "Defect" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch; "To Raise A Mutiny Betwixt Yourselves" by Jay Lake; "Shell Game" by Neal Asher; "Punctuality" by Garth Nix; "Inevitable" by Sean Williams; "Join The Navy and See the Worlds" by Bruce Sterling; "Fearless Space Pirates of the Outer Rings" by Bill Willingham; "From the Heart" by John Meaney; "Chameleons" by Elizabeth Moon; "The Tenth Muse" by Tad Williams; "Cracklegrackle" by Justina Robson; "The Tale of the Wicked" by John Scalzi; "Catastrophe Baker and a Canticle for Leibowitz" by Mike Resnick; and "The Far End of History" by John C. Wright. 1. “Utriusque Cosmi”, Robert Charles Wilson 2. “The Island”, Peter Watts 3. “Events Preceding the Helvetican Renaissance”, John Kessel 4. “To Go Boldly”, Cory Doctorow 5. “The Lost Princess Man”, John Barnes 6. “Defect”, Kristine Kathryn Rusch 7. “To Raise A Mutiny Betwixt Yourselves”, Jay Lake 8. “Shell Game”, Neal Asher 9. “Punctuality”, Garth Nix 10. “Inevitable”, Sean Williams 11. “Join The Navy and See the Worlds”, Bruce Sterling 12. “Fearless Space Pirates of the Outer Rings”, Bill Willingham 13. “From the Heart”, John Meaney 14. “Chameleons”, Elizabeth Moon 15. “The Tenth Muse”, Tad Williams 16. “Cracklegrackle”, Justina Robson 17. “The Tale of the Wicked”, John Scalzi 18. “Catastrophe Baker and a Canticle for Leibowitz”, Mike Resnick 19. “The Far End of History”, John C. Wright

(Source: Eos)

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