- Author: George Mann (Editor)
- Title: The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume 2
- Publisher: Solaris Books/Games Workshop UK 2008
- ISBN: 978 1844165421
- My Rating: 2/5 - Not great overall.
Volume two has quite a few BIG NAMES in it's author list, so I imagine that it sold quite well. I didn't hear of it until I did a library search for Neal Asher. It was worth getting just for the two Asher stories it contained, although most of the stories were fine. Probably the best thing about this book though, is an outstanding Peter Watts story entitled "The Eyes of God." It totally blew my mind.
It's always nice to see original anthologies, but this one is not exactly promoting new writers, and being unthemed means that it is a little broad in it's definition of what SF is. And the stories are not exactly original either. I mean, the words are obviously in an original order, but most of the idea's have been done to death, and better. A lot of this book reads like it was bashed out to fill a contractual obligation rather than pushing the edges.
There may be spoilers, but just like in base jumping, sometimes, sometimes you just have to jump.