In this volume are nineteen of 2013’s best new science fiction stories, covering worlds from the contemporary to the technologically-ravaged near future to the far reaches of extra-solar exploration.
This is the second collection of short stories curated by the publisher Solaris.
Why is this on our bookshelf?
Science Fiction is full of short stories, and well-curated collections of these stories make for the best reads.
Like any other sci-fi anthology, Solaris Rising 2 presents an eclectic mix of themes, settings, and writing styles, giving any reader a variety of worlds from which to choose.
Rating (3 stars)
While most of the stories in Solaris Rising 2 could stand on their own, too many leave the reader grasping for more. A few stories feel like abandoned chapters of larger works, hardly qualifying as short stories.
The number of times I had to go back and re-read a page to suss context from the story, or hit a section break without an idea what I’d just read prevent me from rating any higher than 3 stars.
Certain gems, though, like Far Distant Suns by Norman Spinrad and More by Nancy Kress kept my anticipation high as I continued through the book. The worlds were diverse and unique as their writers, but some of the latter ones lacked the proper payoff of a well-structured anthology.
Read this book:
If you want to experience a mix of time travel, speculative future science, and techno-horror.
Don't Read this book:
If you want a longer plot or deep character development.
Once you're done, do this:
Pick up the first volume of Solaris Rising.