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New Legends by Greg Bear

New Legends

by Greg Bear (Editor), Martin H. Greenberg (Editor)

Other authors: Greg Abraham (Contributor), Poul Anderson (Contributor), Greg Bear (Introduction), Gregory Benford (Contributor), Sterling Blake (Contributor)11 more, George Alec Effinger (Contributor), Greg Egan (Contributor), Geoffrey A. Landis (Contributor), Ursula Le Guin (Contributor), Sonia Orin Lyris (Contributor), Paul J. McAuley (Contributor), Mary Rosenblum (Contributor), Carter Scholz (Contributor), Robert Sheckley (Contributor), Robert Silverberg (Contributor), James Stevens-Ace (Contributor)

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While a few stories were interesting, most were not.
I picked it up because it contained one by Ursula LeGuin, but even that isn't enough to make me keep the book tho it was an interesting perspective on sexual identity, using a society where one's sex can shift each fertile season--and there is no continuous sexual drive.
Mary Rosenbaum's "Elegy" in which a woman scientist who continues her mother's cancelled research (& only we know what this will lead to). Greg Abraham's "Gnota" has a great quote "we're as fragile as our past, wherever we go. And as beautiful." in his tale of how a soldier in a UN-type "peacekeeping force" comes to terms with the citizen bombing which killed his friend & injured him. This was followed by Geoffre Landis' thought-provking "Rorvik's War".
The editor intended this collection to "show that the science fictionn neighborhood can still grow mental athletes stronger and more agile than ever before,...leave the impression that these stories might actually happen". I think he failed in that, tho he did include a few that "shout the desperate warnings" which are necessary for our society's development. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Bear, GregEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Greenberg, Martin H.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Abraham, GregContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, PoulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bear, GregIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benford, GregoryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blake, SterlingContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Effinger, George AlecContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Egan, GregContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Landis, Geoffrey A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Le Guin, UrsulaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lyris, Sonia OrinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McAuley, Paul J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rosenblum, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scholz, CarterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sheckley, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Silverberg, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stevens-Ace, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harris, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Newmark, LynnDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Snowdon-Romer, ThomasCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312862016, Mass Market Paperback)

"Hard" science fiction--SF that takes known scientific principles as its starting point--is, for many readers, the durable core of the field. But it is also accused, of being, as Greg Bear puts it, "a restrictive genre without a soul." Here, Nebula Award winner Bear puts forth the counterargument: an original collection of new SF tales from the cutting edge of the field, each an example of "science fiction with a great soul."

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