By Adam Roberts | May 16, 2008
Categories: Book News
As Whates states in his Afterword, "The British Science Fiction Association is all about the people who read, watch, talk about, dream about and are passionate about science fiction." And that passion shows in the 17 stories selected to commemorate the BSFA's 50th year. They range in tone from the sombre to the humorous, and include many of the most cherished examples of the genre by luminaries such as Aldiss, Baxter, Stableford, Priest and Watson, as well as a couple of off-beat offerings: Molly Brown's mordant zombie story and Dave Hutchinson's clever amalgam of fantasy and science fiction in which elves take over a post-technological Britain. The volume ends on a high note with Adam Roberts' arch "The Man of the Strong Arm", in which a male-dominated society is threatened by a truth buried in the text of a rediscovered artform, science fiction.