The first thing I ever read of Dan Simmons was the short story "On K2 with Kanakaredes," which would have to be up there in one of the great alien visitor stories of recent times. It's this great adventure story in which a bunch of guys discover that the incredible differences between people can be overcome by the common ground, if you are willing to take the time to look for it.
- Looking for Kelly Dahl alright, a pretty good premise, but it fell down at the end.
- Orphans of the Helix was ok. Space-operaish but nothing really earth shatteringly brilliant.
- The Ninth of Av didn't make any sense to me at all, as expected from the intro. Really fucking weird, plot was so strange I couldn't keep track, did not like. Sorry Dan.
- The End of Gravity was a bit dull. The intro describes it as written for the screen, and I hate the screen anyway, so I might have just been showing my literary elitism here.