Book Review: Tales of Old Earth: Stories by Michael Swanwick
“You won’t find the natural state here. We’re living in the aftermath.”
A really good collection of short stories. Many good stories about beginnings and endings, especially endings which may be beginnings. Lots of cliffhangers. Some post-apocalyptic, some deeply introspective. Some funny, some tragic, most thought provoking. All well fashioned.
“Self is an illusion … a fairy tale that your assemblers, sorters and functional transients tell each other.”
Swanwick has a gift with word images. Out of a few words, he fashions a complete context.
“…as cozy and snug as the inside of a walnut.”
Skip the Introduction by Bruce Sterling. Self-serving twaddle.
“His eyes cold and unfriendly as a spear point.”
With one exception all published 1992 to 2002. That “Ice Age” was published in 1984.
“People get the kind of future they deserve.”