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New Treasures: Engineering Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 | Posted by John ONeill

engineerOriginal science fiction and fantasy anthologies have had a tough time of it over the past few years, with some of the most promising and rewarding series — including Lou Ander’s excellent Fast Foward, and George Mann’s ambitious and highly readable Solaris Book of New Science Fiction and Solaris Book of New Fantasy — being discontinued.

One of the best of the new anthologists is Jonathan Strahan, whose acclaimed Eclipse series returns this May with Volume 4.  While we wait, Strahan treats us to a terrific standalone volume of original short stories:

The universe shifts and changes: suddenly you understand, you get it, and are filled with a sense of wonder. That moment of understanding drives the greatest science-fiction stories and lies at the heart of Engineering Infinity. Whether it’s coming up hard against the speed of light and, with it, the enormity of the universe, realising that terraforming a distant world is harder and more dangerous than you’d ever thought, or simply realizing that a hitchhiker on a starship consumes fuel and oxygen with tragic results, it’s hard science-fiction where sense of wonder is most often found and where science-fiction’s true heart lies.

This exciting and innovative science-fiction anthology collects together stories by some of the biggest names in the field including Stephen Baxter, Charles Stross and Greg Bear.

Engineering Infinity was published in paperback by Solaris for just $7.99; my copy arrived in early January.

As a raging blizzard  turns St. Charles, Illinois into a winter wonderland around me, this is the book I choose to cuddle down with for the evening.  Check it out when you get a chance.

3 Comments »

  1. If nothing else, just the title and the cover would make me read this book! Hope you enjoy and stay warm.

    Comment by Scott Taylor - February 2, 2011 1:13 am

  2. […] Infinity series, a mass market paperback original anthology featuring all-new fiction. The first, Engineering Infinity, appeared in 2010; Edge of Infinity two years later, and the third, Reach for Infinity, is […]

    Pingback by Black Gate » Blog Archive » Is the Original SF and Fantasy Paperback Anthology Series Dead? - March 23, 2014 5:20 am

  3. […] impressed with Jonathan Strahan’s Infinity anthology series. There have been four so far: Engineering Infinity (2010), Edge of Infinity (2012), Reach For Infinity, and now Meeting Infinity, due December 1st. […]

    Pingback by Black Gate » Blog Archive » Future Treasures: Meeting Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan - October 31, 2015 12:30 pm


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