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In a dark near-future, global warming and a ruined ecology is causing the continents to sink into the oceans just as the towers of Atlantis re-emerge above the sea. Hugo Award Nominee, Locus Poll Award Winner, Nebula Award Nominee The New Atlantis novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin A Momentary Taste of Being novella by James Tiptree Jr. Silhouette novella by Gene Wolfe Introduc In a dark near-future, global warming and a ruined ecology is causing the continents to sink into the oceans just as the towers of Atlantis re-emerge above the sea. Hugo Award Nominee, Locus Poll Award Winner, Nebula Award Nominee The New Atlantis novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin A Momentary Taste of Being novella by James Tiptree Jr. Silhouette novella by Gene Wolfe Introduction essay by Robert Silverberg


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In a dark near-future, global warming and a ruined ecology is causing the continents to sink into the oceans just as the towers of Atlantis re-emerge above the sea. Hugo Award Nominee, Locus Poll Award Winner, Nebula Award Nominee The New Atlantis novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin A Momentary Taste of Being novella by James Tiptree Jr. Silhouette novella by Gene Wolfe Introduc In a dark near-future, global warming and a ruined ecology is causing the continents to sink into the oceans just as the towers of Atlantis re-emerge above the sea. Hugo Award Nominee, Locus Poll Award Winner, Nebula Award Nominee The New Atlantis novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin A Momentary Taste of Being novella by James Tiptree Jr. Silhouette novella by Gene Wolfe Introduction essay by Robert Silverberg

30 review for The New Atlantis and Other Novellas of Science Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    This is one of several anthologies that Silverberg edited which contained three original novella-length science fiction stories. The LeGuin story was good, but felt a little incomplete or fragmentary. The Wolfe is a nice space story that I'm not quite sure I completely understood. (I was never sure that I completely got what Wolfe was doing. I don't believe anyone ever always got what Wolfe was doing.) I enjoyed it anyway. The best in the book, I thought, was A Momentary Taste of Being by James This is one of several anthologies that Silverberg edited which contained three original novella-length science fiction stories. The LeGuin story was good, but felt a little incomplete or fragmentary. The Wolfe is a nice space story that I'm not quite sure I completely understood. (I was never sure that I completely got what Wolfe was doing. I don't believe anyone ever always got what Wolfe was doing.) I enjoyed it anyway. The best in the book, I thought, was A Momentary Taste of Being by James Tiptree, Jr. It's one of her most under-appreciated stories.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Векослав Стефановски

    Hindsight is a funny thing. This is a collection of novellas where some fresh new authors are showcased by an enterprising editor, established in the genre. What's common about them is that their prose is quite mature, as all of them started writing relatively late in life. Actually, all three authors are actually older than the editor, and as of writing, the editor is the only one living. Those three authors are Gene Wolfe, Ursula K. Le Guin and James Tiptree Jr., each of them legendary in their Hindsight is a funny thing. This is a collection of novellas where some fresh new authors are showcased by an enterprising editor, established in the genre. What's common about them is that their prose is quite mature, as all of them started writing relatively late in life. Actually, all three authors are actually older than the editor, and as of writing, the editor is the only one living. Those three authors are Gene Wolfe, Ursula K. Le Guin and James Tiptree Jr., each of them legendary in their own right, and the editor is Robert Silverberg, himself a legend of SF - so the selection is stellar, at the very least :) The stories themselves are a mixed bag. I liked the paranoia and confusion of Silhouette, but the story itself has not aged too well. The New Atlantis is a great example of LeGuin's voice but it's either too short or too long, and A Momentary Taste of Being is a tour-de-force, albeit being a very uncomfortable read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bart Everson

    This book contains three long stories by three different authors. The Tiptree story is one of my all-time favorites. The Wolfe I still don't understand and the LeGuin I don't recall, but the Tiptree is worth the price.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Ricker

    Three very weird stories, of which I thought Le Guin's was the best. All of the stories were written quite early in the authors' careers, and my edition was published when these three authors were still relative newbies. The first story was quite dated and sexist with some moderately interesting ideas but ramshackle execution. The second story gave intriguing half-caught glimpses into a world I wanted to know more about and had that great LeGuin flavor. The third was...pretty gross. Interesting Three very weird stories, of which I thought Le Guin's was the best. All of the stories were written quite early in the authors' careers, and my edition was published when these three authors were still relative newbies. The first story was quite dated and sexist with some moderately interesting ideas but ramshackle execution. The second story gave intriguing half-caught glimpses into a world I wanted to know more about and had that great LeGuin flavor. The third was...pretty gross. Interesting concept, but I have to wonder what was going on in some of these writers' heads during the 70s.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ginny

    The first story in this book grossed me out. (view spoiler)[I really didn't care for the way female crew members were forced to provide sex to the males on a schedule. The whole story felt vaguely misogynistic. (hide spoiler)] The second story was my favorite, although the "Atlantis" interludes were kind of confusing. Le Guin's vision of the future was thought-provoking as always, though. The third story I liked until the (view spoiler)[incest reveal. (hide spoiler)] I feel like Tiptree was tryi The first story in this book grossed me out. (view spoiler)[I really didn't care for the way female crew members were forced to provide sex to the males on a schedule. The whole story felt vaguely misogynistic. (hide spoiler)] The second story was my favorite, although the "Atlantis" interludes were kind of confusing. Le Guin's vision of the future was thought-provoking as always, though. The third story I liked until the (view spoiler)[incest reveal. (hide spoiler)] I feel like Tiptree was trying to make a point about human nature but I just couldn't get past it. Ick.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Reading the author bios was pretty funny. Since my edition was published in 1976, they are all treated as new authors, and it was funny to read about their promising careers with 40 years of hindsight. I liked the Le Guin story the best, although the Tiptree story was a close second. I found the Wolfe story more dated than the other two.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deedee

    "Silhouette" by Gene Wolfe (Novella) "The New Atlantis" by Ursula K. LeGuin (Novelette) Nominated Best Novelette 1976 Hugo Nominated Best Novelette 1976 Nebula "A Momentary Taste of Being" by James Tiptree, Jr. (Novella) Nominated Best Novella 1976 Nebula

  8. 4 out of 5

    PyranopterinMo

    The stories are from 1975. They are more or less future dystopias. The longest, last, and best story is by James Tiptree (Alice B. Sheldon.)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Justin Covey

    Three fabulous tales from three sci-fi masters. Wolfe's is, surprisingly, almost a straight forward golden age style space yarn, but with enough wrinkles to make it unpredictable and delectable. Le Guin's is a typically lyrical little yarn, not much of a story but plenty of emotion and imagery. Like a musical interlude. To my surprise the Tiptree story was the real standout. At first it seems another classic space yarn, but slowly reveals itself to be something more unsetelling, closer to a Junj Three fabulous tales from three sci-fi masters. Wolfe's is, surprisingly, almost a straight forward golden age style space yarn, but with enough wrinkles to make it unpredictable and delectable. Le Guin's is a typically lyrical little yarn, not much of a story but plenty of emotion and imagery. Like a musical interlude. To my surprise the Tiptree story was the real standout. At first it seems another classic space yarn, but slowly reveals itself to be something more unsetelling, closer to a Junji Ito than Asimov or Clarke. Fabulous way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joachim Boaz

    4.75/5 (collated rating: Very Good) Utopian dreams. Demonic spaceship cults. Grotesque cosmic pollination. Robert Silverberg’s edited original collections of novellas and novelettes strike gold again! See reviews of Triax (1979) (Keith Roberts, Jack Vance, James E. Gunn) and to a lesser degree The Crystal Ship (1976) (Marta Randall, Joan D. Vinge, Vondra McIntyre). A few weeks ago I promised to read more of James Tiptree, Jr.’s fiction. With this in mind I rooted around my unread collections and f 4.75/5 (collated rating: Very Good) Utopian dreams. Demonic spaceship cults. Grotesque cosmic pollination. Robert Silverberg’s edited original collections of novellas and novelettes strike gold again! See reviews of Triax (1979) (Keith Roberts, Jack Vance, James E. Gunn) and to a lesser degree The Crystal Ship (1976) (Marta Randall, Joan D. Vinge, Vondra McIntyre). A few weeks ago I promised to read more of James Tiptree, Jr.’s fiction. With this in mind I rooted around my unread collections and found one of her stories in The New Atlantis and Other Novellas of Science Fiction, ed. Robert Silverberg (1975). This review pushed many others to the back [...] Full review: https://sciencefictionruminations.com...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kurazaybo

    I am giving this book three stars because the firs two stories "The New Atlantis" by Ursula K. Le Guin and "Silhouette" by Gene Wolfe are not that compelling nor interesting to read and too much is open to interpretation. Normally that is a good thing but in this case the stories feel roughly drafted. However "A Momentary Taste of Being" by James Tiptree Jr. is worth the book. A very solid and evocative piece which will fill your imagination. It is also the longest story in this compilation, taki I am giving this book three stars because the firs two stories "The New Atlantis" by Ursula K. Le Guin and "Silhouette" by Gene Wolfe are not that compelling nor interesting to read and too much is open to interpretation. Normally that is a good thing but in this case the stories feel roughly drafted. However "A Momentary Taste of Being" by James Tiptree Jr. is worth the book. A very solid and evocative piece which will fill your imagination. It is also the longest story in this compilation, taking more than half of the volume. So I guess overall I would recommend the book, just skip the first two stories.

  12. 5 out of 5

    to'c

    I was cleaning off my bookshelves (hint: never get new carpet installed, move into a house with new carpet instead) and ran across this little gem. I grabbed it because of the Ursula K. Le Guin story (one of my three favorite authors) but James Triptree and Gene Wolfe are always a treat. This is an old book and these stories reflect speculative fiction as it was in the 60s and 70s. And it was pretty different from what you'll read these days. My favorite is, of course, Ms. Le Guin's tale of polit I was cleaning off my bookshelves (hint: never get new carpet installed, move into a house with new carpet instead) and ran across this little gem. I grabbed it because of the Ursula K. Le Guin story (one of my three favorite authors) but James Triptree and Gene Wolfe are always a treat. This is an old book and these stories reflect speculative fiction as it was in the 60s and 70s. And it was pretty different from what you'll read these days. My favorite is, of course, Ms. Le Guin's tale of politics and rebirth. Anyway, grab a copy. It's a quick read despite my dates read. I took each story one at a time and put the book down for weeks between each. That's just the way I roll.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marie Michaels

    I totes did not get "Silhouette." I'm sure it was good, but it was very dense and I am absolutely certain that I completely missed whatever Thing ran through the disparate happenings. LeGuin was great as always; "The New Atlantis" would be a great starting point for a longer novel. It's one of those stories that ends on an abrupt and unsatisfying note, but you know, on purpose. I'd already read the Tiptree story, "A Momentary Taste of Being," and enjoyed it immensely.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    A wonderful set of short stories! Delightful and dark. Especially worth it for the introduction, which describes Le Guin and Wolfe as "impressive new writers." I love reading old things.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    It's great to read a 33-year-old paperback with brown pages and a flaking cover. Three timeless spaceship-setting novellas. Easy to throw in a pack -- took it hiking this summer.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Erik Graff

    The three novellae in this science fiction collection are by some of the better writers in the genre.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Douglas

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Stevens

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nubio

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chuck

  21. 4 out of 5

    Greg

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Lomax

  23. 5 out of 5

    Martha

  24. 4 out of 5

    James

  25. 4 out of 5

    Griflet

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hugo Gomez

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eric

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dylan Palmer

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andreas

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