New Under the Sun
by Nancy Kress and Therese Pieczynski

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  • ISBN-13: 9781612421230
  • ISBN-10: 1612421237
  • Publisher: Phoenix Pick
  • Publish Date: October 2013
  • Page Count: 188
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.43 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.46 pounds

Series: Stellar Guild

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-09-02
  • Reviewer: Staff

The latest in editor Mike Resnick’s Stellar Guild series, which pairs famous authors with lesser-known protégés, is a mixed bag, with Kress’s solid work undercut by Pieczynski’s shorter and less satisfying contribution. Kress’s “Annabel Lee” is a generally excellent novella depicting a near future devolving as religious fundamentalism and science-based naysaying overwhelm rational thought. Only the title character, infected with a long-dormant alien parasite, has the ability to provide any hope for the world. It’s Kress at her best in terms of characters and social commentary, and if the denouement reuses a few of her classic tropes, it’s still entertaining. Pieczynski’s “Strange Attraction” is perfectly adequate, but this tale of a demon in 1980s Nicaragua is hardly compatible with Kress’s universe in which such things are firmly in doubt. A few shoehorned sentences attempt to tie them together, but the stories read better if they’re treated as separate entities. Pieczynski certainly isn’t untalented, and her story has some nice character-driven moments, but Kress is clearly the star of the show. (Nov.)

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