THE JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARDS by George R.R. Martin

THE JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARDS

KIRKUS REVIEW

A better-late-than-never continuation of the defunct New Voices series, which presented stories by Campbell award nominees (for "best new writer in science fiction"); these four originals and one reprint are by the 1977 nominees. Winner C. J. Cherryh has two entries, one a variation on the Sisyphus myth (the reprint), the other a novella about a castaway on a world without animals who develops problems with his robot and with an insubstantial alien. Jack L. Chalker offers a brisk but wobbly retread about an alien history-gathering machine that changes those who enter it. M. A. Foster describes a love affair amid a bleak, machine-like future urban landscape. And Carter Scholz applies catastrophe theory to the individual in a smooth, dense, non-sf tale. Painstaking, thoughtful work, but largely tepid and drab.
Pub Date: Jan. 9th, 1983
ISBN: 0312942532
Publisher: Bluejay
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1983




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