New Space Opera reviewed

Another great review for The New Space Opera, this time from Booklist.

The New Space Opera.
Dozois, Gardner (editor) and Jonathan Strahan (editor).
June 2007. 528p. Eos, paperback, $15.95 (0-06-084675-5).
REVIEW. First published May 15, 2007 (Booklist).

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, such as Peter Hamilton and Robert Silverberg, as well as such rising stars as Tony Daniel and Mary Rosenblum. Ian McDonald brilliantly sketches entire future cultures and histories in “Verthandi’s Ring,” the main concern of which is millennia-old intergalactic battles. In “Hatch,” Robert Reed describes the precarious lifestyle of a small human society eking out a living on the surface of a Jupiter-sized starship. Other tales monitor species-changing scientists, an eccentric Martian arts colony, and Earth’s last traumatized survivor. In sheer breathtaking, mind-expanding scope, this collection of some of the finest tale-spinning the subgenre has to offer delivers hours of exhilarating reading.

— Carl Hays

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