|In the first volume of this series, the editors put together
a snapshot of how the space-opera story has evolved, from its 1940s pulp beginnings to one
of the most popular forms of modern science fiction. Volume two is more of the same.
Its a varied collection, "ranging from cool, cutting extrapolation on the
extreme edge of cosmology to baroque romanticism to the swashbuckling adventures of space
From the satirical To Go Boldly by Cory
Doctorow to the layers-within-layers The Lost Princess Man by
John Barnes, to the flamboyant Fearless Space Pirates of the Outer Rings
by comics writer Bill Willingham, to Mike Resnicks brisk and funny farce Catastrophe
Baker And A Canticle for Leibowitz, this really is a box of mixed
chocolates, with some things youll like and others you mightnt as much.
Its worth the getting.