SYNERGY by George Zebrowski


Vol. IV New Science Fiction
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Seven new stories, a poem, and an essay, displaying Synergy's usual broad range of subjects but, this time out, no great originality, depth, or even likability. James Gunn serves up a helping of the turn-of-the-millenium musings on decadence and catastrophe. Robert Reed's human survivors explore the cometary Oort cloud, while unable to set aside festering personal feuds. In Jayge Carr's cyberpunkish medium future, a neuter genetic freak vengefully seeks out its many genetic parents; while Michael Cassutt's near-future fast-trackers seek the fountain of youth. Marc Laidlaw offers another of his infinitely regressing--or expanding--series of human habitations. Chad Oliver speculates upon a hitherto unknown intelligent species living unobtrusively in Texas. And Daniel Pearlman scrapes together a long, trite rumination on dreams, dreamers, and reality control. Elsewhere, Andrew Joran proffers an "example of the new SF poetry" (chilly, chunky stuff), and Pamela Sargent's essay warily addresses the problem of new writers borrowing established writers' creations. A dull, sluggish, and thoroughly disappointing appearance for what hitherto has been a way-above-average venture.

Pub Date: April 21st, 1989
Publisher: Harcourt
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