Now We Are Ten

By Ian Whates

Rating: 4 stars

I don’t usually buy books based on the publisher, but NewCon is very much The Little Press That Could, and 10 years of success seemed worth celebrating, especially when they got a pretty good set of writers together for the anniversary collection. Right, from the start, this is a strong collection with a story from Genevieve Cogman that does not go how you’d expect from the author of The Invisible Library series. Ian McDonald’s Women’s Christmas is a nice slice of life, with an SF background and good characterisation in a small space while Nancy Kress’s Pyramid has you wondering all the way through until the final reveal and suddenly you have to go back and read the whole thing again, in a new light.

The rest of the collection is mostly just as strong. I must confess that I didn’t really get Rachel Armstrong’s Zanzarra Island or Jack Skillingstead’s Licorice, but other highlights for me were Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Dress Rehersal (with a neat conceit and a great last line); Peter F. Hamilton|25375’s Ten Love Songs to Change the Word, which left me with a lump in my throat; and E. J. Swift’s Front Row Seats to the End of the World, about redemption and love at the end of days.

So a strong collection and here’s to another ten, and more, years of a great wee press!

Book details

ISBN: 9781910935194
Publisher: Newcon Press

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