From: jdnic...@panix.com (James Nicoll)
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2005 14:19:52 +0000 (UTC)
Local: Sat, Sep 24 2005 10:19 am
Subject: Re: Good Military SF novels that contian minimal technobabble
In article <MPG.1d9ebb1f13e228989...@netnews.mchsi.com>,
Robert Hutchinson <serv...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>James Nicoll says...OK. I will try to make this more simple.
>> Robert Hutchinson wrote:
>> >James Nicoll says...
>> >> Anthologies are easy: if the current story stinks, well, the
>> >> next one might not be so bad.
>> >... if you're reading Mayflower II as its own book, and it stinks, well,
>> The last thing out of Pandora's box was hope.
>> At the very least, if I am reading a lousy Baxter or crappy
>> Or at least it better not.
>I'm afraid this exchange is going non sequitur non sequitur on me.
A Hypothetical Anthology's table of contents
BIG IDEA! edited by A VERY IMPORTANT EDITOR INDEED
Morose with Crap Science (Stephen Baxter
Midway through through the Baxter I can say "Only eleven
Midway through the Resnick I know in a few pages I get a
Midway through the McAuley, I will be a little sad because
The Williamson is probably not as enjoyable as I'd like
The Benford... See, this is where it all falls apart.
What I might do, if it is a MS, is shuffle the "Almost
I do with novels, too. If there's a stack, the unpromising
1: Sometimes I am wrong. Reliable authors have off days and other
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