Engineering Infinity

Engineering Infinity This science fiction anthology collects together stories by some of the biggest names in the field including Stephen Baxter Charles Stross and Greg Bear

  • Title: Engineering Infinity
  • Author: Jonathan Strahan Charles Stross Kathleen Ann Goonan Damien Broderick Barbara Lamar Robert Reed John C. Wright David Moles
  • ISBN: 9781907519512
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Paperback
  • This science fiction anthology collects together stories by some of the biggest names in the field including Stephen Baxter, Charles Stross and Greg Bear.

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    1 thought on “Engineering Infinity”

    1. I keep anthologies for reading on my phone because I'm not often without my eReader and the shorter stories are good for the short times where I only have my phone as a reading device. I've been reading this one off and on for the whole of December. This isn't my first Infinity Project anthology; I actually started with the second one Edge of Infinity because I wanted to read an award-winning novella from that collection. I'm actually glad that that was the way I started, because had I read this [...]

    2. I couldn't decide between 2 and 3 stars, but overall I just wasn't impressed with this anthology. Only 4 or the 14 stories do I consider really good, including: The Invasion of Venus by Stephen Baxter, Bit Rot by Charles Stross, Mantis by Robert Reed, and The Birds and the Bees and the Gasoline Trees by John Barnes. The other stories were either not SF (i.e. speculative, fantasy, etc.), poorly written, boring, or all of the above.

    3. Wow. Some real gems in this collection. There was only one story that wasn't great, the rest were all brilliant. Incredible concepts, well written. Damn, if only all short story collections had such a high great to suck ratio

    4. Brainycat's 5 "B"s :blood: 3boobs: 1bombs: 3bondage: 4blasphemy: 4 Stars : 5 Bechdel Test : PASS Deggan's Rule : PASS Gay Bechdel Test : FAILFull review at booklikes.

    5. Good anthology. Great stories by Stephen Baxter, Hannu Rajaniemi, Peter Watts, Charles Stross and David Moles.

    6. This is a collection of short stories (mostly) with the theme of "hard SF", although this is never really defined (a point that the editor notes in the introduction) and some of the stories definitely stray outside this sub-genre. There were more hits than misses in the collection, but it's the misses that stand out for me, possibly because there was a string of them in quick succession in the middle of the book. There was Kathleen Ann Goonan's Creatures With Wings (a small Buddhist community is [...]

    7. An interesting variety of stories built around a theme of basically some chunk of gee-whiz technology. Interestingly, two of the tales involve Buddhism, although rather peripherally in one case. There's also a very tasty Charles Stross follow-up to Saturn's Children, and in the final story, John Barnes uses an idea that I recognized immediately from Larry Niven's Known Space. John C. Wright's contribution makes me think the man is incapable of writing actual dialog. It didn't hurt his "Awake in [...]

    8. Rather average collection of sci-fi short stories. Charles Stross' and Peter Watt's stories are the most impressive; some are almost unreadable (John C. Wright's, Kathleen Ann Goonan's), and the rest are fairly weak. The titular story, and the final story are both so expository and predictable that I was rolling my eyes throughoutDR: Read "Bit Rot" and "Malak" and skip the rest.

    9. Visceral and fast-paced story revolving around the ethics of artificial intelligence and drone warfare. Excellent read.

    10. Ratings of individual stories: - Malak by Peter Watts 5/5- Watching the Music Dance by Kristine Kathryn Rusch 3/5- Laika’s Ghost by Karl Schroeder 3/5- The Invasion of Venus by Stephen Baxter 4/5- The Server and the Dragon by Hannu Rajaniemi 4/5- Bit Rot by Charles Stross 5/5- Creatures with Wings by Kathleen Ann Goonan 2/5- Walls of Flesh, Bars of Bone by Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar 4/5- Mantis by Robert Reed 3/5- Judgement Eve by John C. Wright 2.5/5- A Soldier in the City by David Mo [...]

    11. I have to say I rather enjoyed this on the whole. It is hard SF collection by a lot of the usual suspects you'd expect to find inside one of these but with a few little surprises, but not always telling the stories you might think you would find. The theme is wide enough that it allows for these authors simply to tell the stories they want to and doesn't feel either repetitive or hammered into square holes. I didn't like them all (Wright's story, for example, failed to engage me) but there is en [...]

    12. Overall it is a very good anthology. Some stories were more interesting than the others to me though. My favourites are "Malak", "Watching the music dance", "The server and the dragon", "Bit Rot", "THE BIRDS AND THE BEES AND THE GASOLINE TREES" and "Judgement Eve". It is really hard to point to some of the short story and say that is bad or that even did not like it. They were all pretty good.

    13. There are some good stories in here, and I only really disliked one, but there was too much testeria in the middle of the book. Along with the male gaze being strong in this one, though 2 of the 8 authors are women.

    14. A decent enough collection of SF short stories. A couple of really excellent pieces, and a couple of unreadable tosh, with everything in between. Worth it for the gems.

    15. idearefinery/2011/03/back-and-engineering-infinitymlI found this one to be a bit patchy. There were some stories in it that I really enjoyed, but just as many that didn't really grab me.It's billed as hard science fiction, but Strahan notes in the introduction that the anthology "moved away from pure hard SF to something a little broader." I actually think this is perhaps its biggest weakness. It isn't laser-focussed, so I couldn't really read it as a bunch of different authors poking around the [...]

    16. Hovering between one and two stars, but I think the gems just about redeem the dross.Not that there are many gems in here. The opener, though, is brilliant - Peter Watts' Malak explores what happens when a killing drone is required to evaluate collateral damage before making a strike - and slowly begins to question, begins to feel guilt. Beautiful prose style, brilliant at getting inside the mind of the machine and seeing things in variables and correlations - and a brilliant twist at the end. I [...]

    17. Engineering Infinity is a collection of modern day hard science fiction stories, of a number of different styles and authors. It's the usual mixed bag here, maybe a little better than just a random short story collection, or one of a single theme or author, but there were still some stories I didn't connect much to, and some I really liked. Unfortunately a number of the ones I really liked I'd already read, but that's hardly the fault of the collection, even if it does somewhat affect my persona [...]

    18. (Audiobook) I was looking for some hard sci fi short stories, Dyson spheres, massive constructs etc and attracted to the names of Peter Watts, Stephen Baxter, Charles Stross. We are immediately told in the introduction by Jonathon Strahan we won't be getting any such thing. This is just a hodgepodge of mostly weak stories, not a lot of hard sci fi and certainly no connecting thread. The authors I was most interested in delivered work that was far from their best. A lot of the stories fell into t [...]

    19. I love anthologies, short story collections, whatever you might call them. You don't feel any press to finish it. You can pick it up, read a story, then put it down, only to pick it up later when the mood strikes. Jonathan Strahan has edited many collections and has won many awards for doing so. This is a great collection, some authors known to me, some not. That is part of the joy an anthology brings. The reader gets a taste of an author or two or more with whom s/he is familiar but also gets t [...]

    20. I was pleased with the variety of stories in this collection. You've got aliens, robots, time-travel, all the main sci-fi tropes are hit upon at one point or another. I got this as a gift from someone who knew I like Gaiman and Dick, and I hadn't heard of any of these authors so I wasn't really sure what to expect. The opener, "Malak" by Peter Watts is a great story looking into the mind of a machine. "Walls of Flesh, Bar of Bone" by Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar was another one of my favor [...]

    21. I think this started out to be a hard-science anthology, but that's not what it ended up as. These are some great writers, and the collection was mostly entertaining, but most of the stories are pretty experimental, in choice of narrator or style of prose, or are heavily mytho-poetic, and the science is there to support the Ideas about identity, time, or other Heavy Things. Probably worth a look if you like imaginative settings and plots, and have a high tolerance for postmodern fables. That sai [...]

    22. I give this a three as a neutral kind of rating. Some people may like these and the writing is technically fine BUTHere is the thing - I don't particularly get into these types of stories. Even the ones that other readers said were the best didn't do much for me. When the author takes a mechanical device or some other non-human and starts trying to make the story POV'd with it - I find that boring for the most part. I've read it too many times. Sometimes an author can come up with something new [...]

    23. A fun book: I'd say half the stories are creative, interesting, well-written, fun, and substantive, while the other half is composed largely of duds, or only half-ready story concepts. The distribution of stories is rather skewed, with most of the good stories in the first half of the book, and the lesser ones packed into the back end. The best story by far in this book is Hannu Rajaniemi's "The Server and the Dragon;" some other notable stories here include Peter Watt's "Malak," Karl Schroeder' [...]

    24. Overall I liked it; as with any short story collection, some are hit and some are miss. Science Fiction writing has swung from bright-shiny adventures to seeing how characters in a SF setting deal with the circumstances they are in. These stories fall, for the most part, into the latter category - there is still plenty of hard science to be hard, though.My favorite stories:Peter Watts’ Malak - a military strike drone's reaction to a new conscience program.Charles Stross' Bit Rot - android-like [...]

    25. "Beyond the Gernsback Continuum " by Jonathan Strahan (Introduction)"Malak" by Peter Watts (short story)"Watching the Music Dance" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (short story)"Laika's Ghost" (Gennady Malianov) by Karl Schroeder (novelette)"The Invasion of Venus" by Stephen Baxter (short story)"The Server and the Dragon" by Hannu Rajaniemi (short story)"Bit Rot" (Saturn's Children) by Charles Stross (novelette)"Creatures with Wings" by Kathleen Ann Goonan (novelette)"Walls of Flesh, Bars of Bone" by D [...]

    26. "Beyond the Gernsback Continuum " by Jonathan Strahan (Introduction)"Malak" by Peter Watts (short story). -SO SO"Watching the Music Dance" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (short story) - BLAH"Laika's Ghost" (Gennady Malianov) by Karl Schroeder (novelette) - OK"The Invasion of Venus" by Stephen Baxter (short story) - SO SO"The Server and the Dragon" by Hannu Rajaniemi (short story). - BLAH"Bit Rot" (Saturn's Children) by Charles Stross (novelette) - BLAH GAVE UP"Creatures with Wings" by Kathleen Ann Go [...]

    27. Superior hard-SF anthology: all the stories are readable, almost all are good, four are outstanding:* "Malak" by Peter Watts, heavily-armed AI warbird is developing a conscience. Sort of.* "The Invasion of Venus" by Stephen Baxter. Two inexplicable alien civilizations.* "The Ki-Anna" by Gwyneth Jones. Creepy aliens, creepier diet. * "The Birds and the Bees and the Gasoline Trees" by John Barnes, fertilizing the ocean leads to an unexpected exodus. Best of the book, I thought.You may have differe [...]

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