I read this book about 17-Jan-2002. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright ?. This note was last modified Thursday, 19-Dec-2002 16:37:37 PST.
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I've been thinking of this book, somewhat uncharitably, as "The collected stories of Vernor Vinge except for the really famous one that everybody wants but can't get". It doesn't include "True Names". Bah, humbug. (I'm glad to have the other stories, and it was a gift and I have no complaints about receiving it.)
I don't think I'm going to do individual reports on each story. Overall I've enjoyed this a lot. I even read through "The Barbarian Princess" and enjoyed it (that's the piece added to create _Tatje Grimm's World_). That's a really quirky world and plot, and I liked that. The 700-year-old Fantasy (and SF) magazine published on a barge travelling around the world -- that's unusual!
The completely new story, "Fast Times at Fairmont High", is about enough to get me out looking for wearable computers. It feels like a fairly shortly pre-singularity story; you can see things building up and people changing. And I want that world.