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London Centric: Tales of Future London

af Ian Whates (Redaktør)

Andre forfattere: Neal Asher (Bidragyder), Eugen Bacon (Bidragyder), Aliette de Bodard (Bidragyder), M. R. Carey (Bidragyder), Joseph Elliott-Coleman (Bidragyder)8 mere, Stewart Hotston (Bidragyder), Dave Hutchinson (Bidragyder), Ida Keogh (Bidragyder), Fiona Moore (Bidragyder), Geoff Ryman (Bidragyder), Jeremy Szal (Bidragyder), Andrew Wallace (Bidragyder), Aliya Whiteley (Bidragyder)

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This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
With any collection of short stories I expect to like some, think others are OK, and not be too excited about the others. This collection surprised me in that I found every story compelling.

The list of contributors is impressive so one would expect a high standard and the stories in this collection live up to that expectation. There is a vast range of topics in the story from the statement of an AI that looks after the residents of part of London, to the story from a temporal engineer called in to deal with an anomaly at a theme park.

The stories certainly make the reader feel they are in London. There was enough detail to evoke a sense of London and where the action was taking place when I was reading the book, but it was not overdone.

I enjoyed all the stories and can recommend this collection to any Science Fiction fan who is looking for stories with a variety of subject matter.
2 stem pgmcc | Feb 10, 2021 |
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Another great short story anthology from New Con Press. This is a companion to “Soot and Steel” a compilation of fantasy stories regarding the industrial age in London. The editor decided to look at London in the future with “London Centric.” Among the more entertaining stories are: a couple of cyber-punk adventures, an interesting story that takes CCTV cameras and advances them into AI, a sweet parallel universe story, the aftermath of a time bomb dropped on London, and a virtual commute to work that may never end. I enjoyed reading what different authors thought about the future of the British capitol. Some authors took technology that was already a part of London and advanced it in interesting and exciting ways. Other authors created odes to London; naming streets and neighborhoods and adding science fiction or fantasy elements. I was caught off guard by a few stories that mentioned the present-day issues of COVID-19 and Brexit. This is an enjoyable anthology and is highly recommended. ( )
  craso | Dec 26, 2020 |
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London Centric collects over a dozen short science fiction stories centered in London, England. I've never been there, so I can't comment much on the theme, but it's a faithfully followed thread that bundles the stories together nicely.

It features a couple authors I'm familiar with (Neal Asher, Aliette de Bodard); their contributions are excellent, but neither their strongest work nor the book's. My favorites were a touching piece by Ida Keogh and a bizarre one by M.R. Carey, but almost every story here is good.

There are a couple exceptions; one story in particular appears to have defied any attempt at proofreading - and slipped by the editor's high standards.

Mainly though, it's another solid collection of worthy stories collected by Ian Whates. ( )
1 stem Landwaster | Oct 22, 2020 |
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Good collection of slightly to very weird SF set in and around future londons. Some of those are more futuristic than others, and some considerably weirder. There was only one story I bounced off completely, and many of the others were good to very good. I was surprised that a couple of stories had already incorporated covid and brexit which is fast work (and universally depressing). Reading them here in late 2020, the forecasts of years of disruption leading to dystopian periods is not exactly cheering, but based off very incomplete data as we're not there yet.

The opening Neal Asher Polity story didn't really work for me, and I'm not sure if I'm just unfamiliar with his universe or it's not my thing, somewhat in Greg Bear mould. Of the other authors I knew MR Carey's story was great and Aliette's actually less weird than her novels - having to commute into virtual london surrounded by virtual ads is depressing, but well imagined.

SHort story collections are hard to review, and even more so than usual subject to reader's personal tastes but these stories fit well together and bring forth some fascinating voices. ( )
  reading_fox | Oct 17, 2020 |
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“London Centric” is a collection of short stories set in a future London, or rather in a bunch of future Londons. As with all such anthologies, one reader will prefer certain stories to others, but I can say that the 13 stories in this volume are all of high quality. For me, the best of them included “Infinite Tea in the Demara Cafe” by Ida Keogh; the very sad “War Crimes” by M.R. Carey; Dave Hutchinson’s “Nightingale Floors” about a Russian author who is not whom he appears to be; the elegiac “Something Went Wrong in Heaven,” by Geoff Ryman; and an interesting take on Jack the Ripper, “A Visit in Whitechapel” by Eugen Bacon. Worth noting too is “Death Aid” by Joseph Elliot-Coleman, which is set in 2047 but which deals a lot with the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020; it’s the first story I’ve read that features the pandemic, though I’m sure it won’t be the last. I received this book through Library Thing’s Early Reviewers program, so I’m not sure of the publication date, but if you like short format science fiction, somewhat hard-edged, I’d recommend you keep an eye out for it! ( )
  thefirstalicat | Oct 15, 2020 |
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Whates, IanRedaktørprimær forfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Asher, NealBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Bacon, EugenBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Bodard, Aliette deBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Carey, M. R.Bidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Elliott-Coleman, JosephBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Hotston, StewartBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Hutchinson, DaveBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Keogh, IdaBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Moore, FionaBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Ryman, GeoffBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Szal, JeremyBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Wallace, AndrewBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Whiteley, AliyaBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
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