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3/06 UPDATE: My New Year’s Resolution

This is the March 2006 update of my New Year’s Resolution.


QUICK STATS:
   STARTING SF-POINTS©: 62
   SF-POINTS© EARNED THIS MONTH: 36 (QUOTA: 31)
   YEAR-TO-DATE SF-POINTS©: 98 (YTD QUOTA: 90)

PREVIOUS MONTHS:
Jan
Feb

DATE READ STORY YEAR WRITTEN AUTHOR SOURCE RATING TYPE POINTS YTD POINTS
03/04/06 “The Man in the Mailbag” 1959 Gordon R. Dickson The Good Old Stuff edited by Gardner Dozois NV 2 64
03/04/06 “Mother Hitton’s Littul Kittons” 1961 Cordwainer Smith NV 2 66
03/04/06 “A Kind of Artistry” 1962 Brian W. Aldiss NV 2 68
03/09/06 “Gunpowder God” 1964 H. Beam Piper NA 4 72
03/11/06 “Semley’s Necklace” 1964 Ursula K. Le Guin SS 1 73
03/11/06 “Mother in the Sky with Diamonds” 1971 James Tiptree, Jr. NV 2 75
03/12/06 “Genetopia” 2001 Keith Brooke Infinity Plus SS 1 76
03/17/06 “Sergeant Chip” 2004 Bradley Denton Best Short Novels: 2005 edited by Jonathan Strahan NA 4 80
03/17/06 “Under the Flag of Night” 2004 Ian McDowell NA 4 84
03/24/06 “The Concrete Jungle” 2004 Charles Stross NA 4 88
03/25/06 “The Gorgon in the Cupboard” 2004 Patricia A. McKillip NA 4 92
03/25/06 “The Fear Gun” 2004 Judith Berman NV 2 94
03/26/06 “Arabian Wine” 2004 Gregory Feeley NA 4 98
03/26/06 “They’re Made of Meat” 1991 Terry Bisson Bisson’s website VI [.25] 98

KEY:VI=Vignette (.25 points), SS=Short Story (1 point), NV=Novelette (2 points), NA=Novella (4 points)

NOTES:

  • Miscellaneous reviews follow

Genetopia by Keith Brooke [2001 short story] (Rating: ) [Read 03/12/06]

  • Source: Brooke’s website, Infinity Plus
  • Synopsis: Henritt, a Pure human in a world routinely affected by nanotechnology that transforms plants and animals alike, falls for a impure mutt of unknown origin and follows her into the dangerous wilds between settlements.
  • Review: I read this as an introduction into the novel-length expansion of the story, Genetopia. Well, that’s not exactly accurate. I read the story after reading 50 pages into the book and the stories between the two differ. I like the ever-changing world of Genetopia and how the definition of human is so precarious. With the bio-engineering capabilities, both environmental and induced by tribes, the definition of humanity is very blurry. This raises some great questions about what it means to be humans, but these areas are left mostly unexplored in the story. Instead, it is a last-page realization for Henritt that the world is not black and white.
  • Note: This story appears as chapter 14 in the Genetopia novel.

They’re Made of Meat by Terry Bisson [1991 vignette] (Rating: ) [Read 03/26/06]

  • Source: Bisson’s website.
  • Synopsis: A race of alien, meat-based beings is discovered. Should we welcome them with open arms or ignore them?
  • Review: Not bad, but this short vignette lacked any real impact.
  • Note: 1991 Nebula nominee.
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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.
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