by Charles Stross
Orbit Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841497716
Date: 02 July 2009 List Price £14.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
This second Stross release of the month gives some indication of his growing importance and stature, for not many authors are have a short fiction collection issued in hardcover by a major genre publisher! When seen in context of the recent announcement regarding Alastair Reynolds's new book deal with Gollancz, the argument that Science Fiction 'doesn't sell' which I tend to hear a lot would seem weakened somewhat?
"It has been said that the natural state of science fiction is the short story. If that is so, you won't find a better exploration of that state than Charles Stross's new collection. Centred around an original and previously unpublished novella, 'Palimpsest', WIRELESS is a showcase of some of the best short SF of the 21st century. With an introduction from the author and containing hitherto uncollected works such as 'Missile Gap', 'Trunk and Disorderly' and 'Rogue Farm', and some gems previously available only in small press publications, such as 'A Colder War' and 'Antibodies', WIRELESS will illustrate perfectly why award-winning editor and anthologist, Gardner Dozois, once declared: 'Where Charles Stross goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow.'"