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Matter’s End

By Gregory Benford

Rating: 3 stars

This is a collection of Benford’s short fiction right from when he started writing in the mid-1960s to when the book was published in the mid-1990s. There’s no unifying theme behind the collection, but I did find a sort of thread linking them. Benford seems to be no positive lover of humanity. These stories tell of very hard-boiled, often nasty, people doing whatever needs to be done in a hard-boiled, often nasty, world. I found many of the stories quite depressing in their tone and pessimism, but there were a few exceptions, such as Leviathan, about a community living inside a giant engineered space-faring life-form and the consensual reality story Sleepstory.

Benford is a good writer, whose day job of astrophysicist gives the science in his stories a good grounding in reality, but whose tone can often be too depressing for my tastes.

Book details

ISBN: 9780575062986
Year of publication: 1991

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