Shine An Anthology of Optimistic SF PDF ☆ Shine An

Some of the world's most talented SF writers collected to throw light on a brighter futureShine a collection of gems that throw light on a brighter future Some of the world's most talented SF writers including Alastair Reynolds Kay Keyon and Jason Stoddard show how things can change for the better From gritty polyannas to workable futures from hard fought progress to a better tomorrow heart warming and mind expanding stories that will re awaken the optimist in you


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    So you're tired of grimdark sci fi dystopias and alien invasions and guns'n'guts military SF You'd like to read something where the future is actually a better place Well that's the premise behind this anthology of optimistic science fiction put together by Jetse de Vries It consists of sixteen short stories by a fairly eclectic and international batch of authors ranging from first timers to genre heavyweights like Alastair Reynolds and Kay KenyonI found the premise intriguing with my first thought being If the future is so great what will the stories be about? Since of course a world where there are no problems isn't a very interesting one to tell stories in But this collection is optimistic not utopian in almost all of the stories the world still has plenty of problems often worse than the ones we have today But each story posits science and technology as a solution though there's a bit of granola and woo mixed into a few of them All of them are set in the near future on an Earth recognizably like ours so there are no aliens or super advanced technology or interstellar colonies with one exceptionI wish I could say I loved it but unfortunately I was lukewarm about most of the stories and while some were pretty good I was not excited about any of them and Shine certainly isn't a must read anthology I can't see any of these stories becoming genre classics Given the constraints set by the editor there was a certain degree of sameness to most of the stories cosmopolitan heavily wired futures with varying degrees of economic environmental and social collapse wearing down the old superpowers and clearing the way for smaller nations to rise up with innovative usually greenish solutions This is all fine and I can see the appeal of an alternative to some global Federation of Earth which is basically a futuristic extrapolation of Western dominance so Shine adds a bit of diversity to the science fiction genre I just didn't see anything radically new or mind blowing about any of the ideas and the writing for the most part was competent but nothing exceptional as to be expected from a group of mostly journeyman writers who with few exceptions have only published one novel if thatAmong those stories in this collection that stood out for me were unsurprisingly those by Alastair Reynolds and Kay Kenyon though I'm not a particular fan of either of them Reynolds's At the Budokan features dinosaurs playing heavy metal and that alone should make you want to read it Kenyon's Castoff World is a bittersweet tale of a young girl who lives on an artificial robotic island created to sweep garbage out of the ocean before the collapse of industrial societySome of the other stand out tales were The Earth of Yunhe by Eric Gregory set on a world settled by colonists from a defunct Chinese state Twittering the Stars by Mari Ness a short story told in tweets Overhead by Jason Stoddard about a lunar colony forgotten by Earth Sarging Rasmussen A Report by Organic by Gord Sellar about a pick up artist who figures out how to use PUA tricks for socially conscious purposes and Russian Roulette 2020 by Eva Maria Chapman about a holistic Russian enclave trying to pry a bunch of overprivileged Western kids away from their immersive online worldsIf you'd like a bit of light sci fi this is a book worth reading I just can't be than moderately enthusiastic about it individual stories were mostly 3 to 4 stars with a couple of '5's but I give the anthology 35 stars overall because I found it somewhat lacking in scope and there just wasn't a single story so exceptional that it made the collection worth reading for that story alone