Paperback ✓ Facets PDF Á

Paperback  ✓ Facets PDF Á
  • Paperback
  • 370 pages
  • Facets
  • Walter Jon Williams
  • English
  • 04 February 2019
  • 0812501810

Facets✮ [PDF] ✩ Facets By Walter Jon Williams ✻ – Essayreview.co.uk Contents Surfacing Video Star No Spot of Ground Flatline Side Effects Witness Wolf Time The Bob Dylan Solution Dinosaurs Contents SurfacingVideo StarNo Spot of GroundFlatlineSide EffectsWitnessWolf TimeThe Bob Dylan SolutionDinosaurs.


About the Author: Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams has published twenty novels and short fiction collections Most are science fiction or fantasy Hardwired, Voice of the Whirlwind, Aristoi, Metropolitan, City on Fire to name just a few a few are historical adventures, and the most recent, The Rift, is a disaster novel in which I just basically pound a part of the planet down to bedrock And that s just the opening chapters Walter holds a fourth degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, and also enjoys sailing and scuba diving He lives in New Mexico with his wife, Kathy Hedges.


10 thoughts on “Facets

  1. says:

    Surfacing A reclusive alcoholic scientist with violent tendencies investigates mysterious deep sea creatures on a distant planet Maybe a few too many plot hooks for a story this size, but the core ideas were quite good and the setting with the glaring exception of the Kyklopes aliens seemed well realized Video Star A competently written, but not particularly surprising, cyberpunk heist story No Spot of Ground Alternate history where Edgar Allan Poe doesn t die in Ba Surfacing A reclusive alcoholic scientist with violent tendencies investigates mysterious deep sea creatures on a distant planet Maybe a few too many plot hooks for a story this size, but the core ideas were quite good and the setting with the glaring exception of the Kyklopes aliens seemed well realized Video Star A competently written, but not particularly surprising, cyberpunk heist story No Spot of Ground Alternate history where Edgar Allan Poe doesn t die in Balti, but instead survives and joins the Confederate Army during the Civil War The inescapable conclusion is that if this is what would have happened, we might all be better off for Poe s dying Poe included Flatline Post singularity cyberpunk goodness, with a slight ding for second person narration and a threadbare plot Cool scenes and characters though, and a style that really reminded me of Shadowrun specifically I don t think Williams had any connection to that game outside of both being influenced by William Gibson Side Effects Relentlessly cynical and barely sfnal crossed lives story about pharmaceuticals and slightly bent doctors Whoop de do.Witness Set in the Wild Cards shared universe, an alternate history of superpowers and mutants starting after WW2 This is the story of one of the first aces, or non mutated superpowered people, and how he ended up betraying everyone he loved because of the Red Scare Fun Wolf Time Possibly set in the same universe timeline as Video Star or just using some similar setting concepts , about an ex corporate soldier who gets hired for One Last Job so, very similar to Video Star This one was shorter and had some good action, so it gets the edge.The Bob Dylan Solution Reminiscent of some of the satires of Madison Avenue marketing firms from the Fifties see, e.g., Pohl s Tunnel Under the World , except this is drenched in Eighties colors and it s about L.A record companies shaping public opinion through their artists Nothing too surprising, but pretty well crafted.Dinosaurs A weird, weird, existentially horrifying story about a human diplomat trying to negotiate peace with a civilization of what I imagined as three legged kangaroo shrew people Human is in air quotes because this is set eight million years in the future and humanity has evolved in monstrous ways Diplomat is in air quotes because, well, you ll have to read it.OVERALL RATING Surfacing and Dinosaurs are the standout stories of this collection for me, although there are several other solid offerings

  2. says:

    Like a lot of science fiction writers, Williams does his best work at shorter lengths Part of this is a consequence of the genre SF works best at short to medium lengths, despite the marketing constraints for multivolume series, because the essentially SF qualities of a narrative worldbuilding, inventive premise, etc tend to hold together better over shorter lengths Part of this is because of the filtering process that old school SF exerted on its writers the route to publishing tended to Like a lot of science fiction writers, Williams does his best work at shorter lengths Part of this is a consequence of the genre SF works best at short to medium lengths, despite the marketing constraints for multivolume series, because the essentially SF qualities of a narrative worldbuilding, inventive premise, etc tend to hold together better over shorter lengths Part of this is because of the filtering process that old school SF exerted on its writers the route to publishing tended to be through small volume digests like Analog, Amazing, etc This route was the defining feature of Golden Age SF, in a lot of ways.And part of it is because Walter Jon Williams is really good at writing at short length There are two great stories in this collection Dinosaurs and the Wild Cards bit the only shared worlds story to win a major SF award, if I m not mistaken Most of the rest of it is good too, showing a range in style and content that s impressive

  3. says:

    Good sci fi The alternate history story with Edgar Allen Poe as a Confederate general dragged a a little, but everything was imaginative and engaging.

  4. says:

    3 and a half stars

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