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Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF

By Adam Roberts | June 16, 2009
Categories: Book News

Two contributor copies of Mike Ashley's new anthology, The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF, arrived in the post yesterday. Lovely cover, and a splendid collection of stories from all the genre greats. Most are reprints (but what reprints! masterpieces!) although Mike also commissioned five new stories for the vol., from Steve Baxter, Eric Brown, Paul Di Fillipo, Robert Reed and me. Mine is called 'Anhedonia' and this is what it's about: nearish-future humans, on a Mars base, encounter aliens, who in turn promise to gift mankind the wherewithal to travel ftl to the stars. But the aliens have taken away the crew's ability to experience pleasure, and they're an elusive, weird set of entities, so it's not clear why they have done so, or why they're prepared to hand over this galaxy-opening tech, or what their hidden agenda might be. It's a good story, actually, though I say so myself; but the whole collection is chockful of great stories, and you really should buy a copy.

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5 Responses to “Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF”

  1. Ian Sales Says:
    June 16th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    The cover art looks like a cross between a Neal Asher and a Kevin J Anderson novel....

  2. Adam Roberts Says:
    June 16th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    And you don't mean that as praise, I can tell.

    It's actually an accurate visual representation of Eric Brown's story, 'The Rest is Speculation', a splendid Wellsian last-days-of-the-earth piece (see the Terminal-Beach-y crab, there? See the huge bloated sun?)

    He's a very good, and criminally underrated, writer, is Eric.

  3. Ian Sales Says:
    June 16th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    He's a very good, and criminally underrated, writer, is Eric.


  4. Gregory Says:
    March 20th, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Read it cover to cover, it woke up a lot of sense of wonder ... from it's great stories. I actually liked the cover, good (but literal) interpretation of Eric Brown's last days tale, 'The Rest is Speculation'.
    "Anhedonia" was a sharp, dual level piece. Could explain quite a bit.My favorite out of that imaginative group. thanks, Greg Tobias

  5. Adam Roberts Says:
    March 22nd, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Hi Greg: I'm delighted you enjoyed the story, and the collection as a whole.