By Adam Roberts
The house of SF has many mansions, and in this story collection British author Adam Roberts visits most of them. “I like the idea of writing at least one thing in all the myriad sub-genres and sub-sub-genres of SF,” he tells us in his Preface, and so we get robot stories, time-travel stories, alternate-reality stories, space stories, and everything in between. A particular interest is in religious and philosophical allegories and experimental narrative forms.
They’re all very clever pieces, sometimes too clever by half, but what saves them from being mere literary finger exercises is the high quality of Roberts’s writing and his ability to spin even the craziest stories off in unanticipated directions.