I read this book about 16-Dec-2005. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2000. This note was last modified Friday, 23-Dec-2005 21:51:29 PST.
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Had to invent a way to list this; what I'm reading is an assortment of stories from his web site. So not any published collection or anything. I'm very glad he has chosen to make the stories available that way.
Stories were "Border Guards", "Only Connect", "Neighborhood Watch", and "Oceanic", I believe.
"Border Guards" and "Oceanic" showcase his wonderful ability to show you a LOT about a very very VERY different culture in a small space, including hints about how it got that way and what it takes to keep it that way. That's what I like best about him. The description of the quantum soccer game is just spectacular. And the amount he tells us about why people burn their houses (in that culture) in just a few phrases here and there.
I wasn't as fond of "Neighborhood Watch"; it's basically horror (certainly not splatter), and I just don't like that much. "Connect" is a scientific survey paper, roughly (but from the future).
"Oceanic" is in an interesting disconnected advanced tech world. They don't really have tech any more, but they have the products of it, some of which reproduce on their own. And it may have a more dispasionate treatment of religion than I really like.