Review of Humanity 2.0 edited by Alex Shvartsman
In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent an ARC of this book by the publisher for review purposes.
“What will it mean to be human in the future?” asks the cover blurb for Humanity 2.0.
Fifteen authors provide fifteen distinctive, wildly differing, extremely thought-provoking stories which each present a unique vision of the possibilities. Each and every story is worth savoring as if it were a fabulous fifteen course meal. You will want to let each story settle after reading, roll around in your mind for a while, and open new pathways for ideas, before you start on the next one. It is worth taking the time to enjoy the journey.
My favorite stories were “The Iron Star” by Robert Silverberg, “Green Girl Blues” by Martin L. Shoemaker, and “The Wave” by Ken Liu.
I give it 5 stars.
Short thoughts on each story:
“The Waves” by Ken Liu 5 stars
A lyrical tale which illustrates how stories are an integral part of our humanity, in whatever form it takes.
“Justice and Shadow” by Angus McIntyre 4 stars
Thought-provoking. The narrative made visualization of the sail ship blossom slowly as the story progressed.
“Nexus” by Nancy Fulda 4 stars
A lovely story. I would be thrilled to read more about Tyra’s and Zek’s adventures.
“A Lack of Conventional Solutions” by Kenneth Schneyer 4 stars
A vision of humans as the problem and not the solution.
“Green Girl Blues” by Martin L. Shoemaker 5 stars
Excellent adventure tale in the noir style.
“Mindjack” by Jody Lynn Nye 4 stars
This is what dreams are made of.
“Picnic on Nearside” by John Varley 5 stars
Draws you in immediately and doesn’t let go. This story will linger in your mind.
“An Endless Series of Doors” by David Walton 3 stars
What would you do if money were no object?
“Angry Rose’s Lament” by Cat Rambo 4 stars
An excellent story about individual choices.
“The Right Place to Start a Family” by Caroline M. Yoachim 3 stars
Stay here or keep looking for a better place? The choices we make.
“The Iron Star” by Robert Silverberg 5 stars
Brilliant story. Pragmatism at its finest.
“Eh” by Alvarao Zinos-Amaro 4 stars
Intriguing story, very well-written.
“The Hand on the Cradle” by Brenda Cooper 5 stars
Such a large universe contained in such a short story. Wonderful and thought-provoking.
“The Homecoming” by Mike Resnick 5 stars
Haunting and heart-warming.
“Star Light, Star Bright” by Robert J. Sawyer 4 stars
Chickens. Wait for it. Nice story.