Fast Forward 1
Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge
409 pp • ISBN: 978-1-59102-486-6
Science Fiction is the genre that looks at the implications of technology on society, which in this age of exponential technological growth makes it the most relevant branch of literature going. This is only the start, and the close of the 21st century will look absolutely nothing like its inception.
It has been said that science fiction is an ongoing dialogue about the future, and the front line of that dialogue is the short story. The field has a long history of producing famous anthologies to showcase its distinguished short fiction, but it has been several years since there has been a prestigious all-original science fiction anthology series.
Fast Forward is offered in the tradition of Damon Knight’s prestigious and influential anthology series, Orbit, and Frederik Pohl’s landmark Star SF. Fast Forward marks the start of a new hard science fiction anthology series, dedicated to presenting the vanguard of the genre and charting the undiscovered country that is the future.
Contributors scheduled for the first volume include: Kage Baker, Paolo Bacigalupi, Tony Ballantyne, Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, A. M. Dellamonica, Paul Di Filippo, Robyn Hitchcock, Louise Marley, Ken MacLeod, Ian McDonald, John Meaney, Larry Niven and Brenda Cooper, Mike Resnick and Nancy Kress, Justina Robson, Pamela Sargent, Mary A. Turzillo, Robert Charles Wilson, Gene Wolfe, and George Zebrowski.
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"I definitely recommend having a look. In fact, at the moment I would
"…so good that I suggest Pyr wait a year and republish it with the title Best Science Fiction of 2007. This is an important book that can move science fiction one step closer to the 'literature' shelf, if it so desires....Anders has coaxed such incredible goodness out of these writers that if you only read one or two stories a month, it's better than a year's subscription to most of the genre magazines out there...With a deep bench of talent and a perfectly paced setlist, Lou Anders has made made a book that truly represents its own theme. Fast Forward has the potential to be the future of short-form science fiction."
"Sf anthologies generally trace their roots back to the classic Amazing Stories magazine series, which began in 1926. Having edited a number of sf collections, Anders understands this historical context; his introduction to his fifth anthology is an invitation to the young acolyte reader as well as the grizzled veteran to sit back and enjoy the 'amazing' enlightenment possible in reading sf shorts. The names on the list of contributing authors read much like an all-star roster of current American and British sf writers. From stories by Tony Ballantyne about software and David Hume to the problems associated with raising genetically cloned saber-toothed cats in Mary Turzillo's story 'Pride,' the writers tackle moral, ethical, and philosophical issues. Anders is your guide, and the limits of your imagination determine the level of enjoyment and amount of wisdom to be garnered from this anthology. Recommended for both public and school libraries."
"Fast Forward 1's been making some noise lately; it marks an attempt to embark on a new hard SF original fiction ongoing anthology, in the tradition of Frederick Pohl's Star SF, and Damon Knight's Orbit. Probably half the stories here would be fitting entries in a 'Year's Best' anthology."
"Fast Forward 1 marks the beginning of a bold, new, annual science fiction anthology series; bold because it is often said that the number of anthology offerings is already high, yet here it is. This first volume does indeed have some great contenders to add to the sf field, blasting the series off with a promising start. Take that, crowded anthology field! 3 ½ out of 4 stars."
"BookPage Notable Title....One person who has almost single-handedly reignited and redirected the course of the genre is Pyr Editorial Director Lou Anders. In his newest anthology... - a collection of never-before-published stories about humanity's future - he lays down the law in the collection's introduction regarding the mission of science fiction....The 21 stories included in Fast Forward 1 are truly visionary science fiction, harkening back to the days of Asimov, Clarke and Heinlein....all are noteworthy in their own right, a rare feat for any anthology. Diverse, entertaining and thought-provoking, this collection offers a wildly imaginative view of what the future might hold.
"Some of my favourite writers are here...along with many other excellent authors. The idea behind Fast Forward is to present a variety of science fiction stories, without imposing a theme. Every story in the book was enjoyable, while a few of them were outstanding....this one is excellent. I look forward to more Fast Forward anthologies." —BlogCritics.org
"Fast Forward 1 has more than enough original and exciting new stories to make it important reading and worthy of more than a couple more editions to follow."
"Most everything is superb here....Anders has done an exemplary job of putting together first rate anthology."
"[E]xcellent. I look forward to more Fast Forward anthologies."
"Lou Anders has edited a couple of first-rate anthologies over the past few years, and with this book he initiates what one hopes will be a series of original anthologies. I enjoyed Fast Forward 1, and I certainly hope it continues for years....First rate work ... well worth reading ... on balance a pretty fine anthology."
"[D]efinitely promising: many first-rate contributors, some striking individual stories....many SF readers will enjoy Fast Forward 1 cover to cover."
"With Fast Forward 1, Anders has brought together some of the most visionary voices in the genre to postulate on our future, to entertain us with their visions of where our world will be in the proverbial subsequent frames. The
"Presented with a nod towards the old, 'classic' sci-fi anthologies, Anders has assembled a collection of 21 fresh, forward looking views into our future. Some, like Paolo Bacigalupi's 'Small Offerings' are as frankly disturbing as they are thought provoking....Mike Resnick and Nancy Kress team up in 'Solomon's Choice' a stunning collaborative effort where one man must decide what or if the future will hold anything for a branch of humanity's offshoots....Inventive and thought provoking, with solid storylines and imaginative twists, this excellent new sci-fi collection delivers." —MonstersandCritics.com
"Lou Anders has a very ambitious goal – to start a new anthology series in the tradition of past landmarks like Damon Knight's Orbit and Frederik Pohl's Star SF. I have not read those series, but it's safe to say that Anders is on the right track with Fast Forward 1.... Anders speaks to science fiction's ability to show us something new, to make us think. He goes on to remind us that so many important people behind advances in our society don't just stand on the shoulders of previous scientists and engineers, but also on the inspiration provided by early science fiction writers. Science fiction is critical thought, it is skepticism, and it is rationalism....Short stories are always difficult for me to review, and collections even more so....Fast Forward 1 is better than most – 7.5 / 10."
"There are two things I need to mention up front: one, I generally read anthologies from front cover to back, and two, I never like every story I come across. Thus, I was surprised when I found myself pleasantly enjoying story after story in Fast Forward 1...a great anthology, filled with numerous and diverse stories...bound to please any fan of science fiction."
"We're living through the Golden Age of the science fiction short story and Lou Anders' Fast Forward 1 is as good a survey of the latest, greatest and best as you could hope to find. Science fiction is not just about the future, it's about passion, about vision, about imagining tomorrow so we better understand today. Fast Forward 1 is a book that meets that challenge, and firmly establishes Anders as one of the brightest and best of the new generation of editors working in science fiction. We're lucky to have him, and to have this book, and I, for one, can't wait to see Fast Forward 2. Fast Forward 1 is a definite contender for best anthology of the year."
"Lou Anders is establishing a reputation as one of the most interesting editors of original anthologies."
"Such a bargain! Yes, this is yet another New-Science-Fiction-by-Sort-of-New-Writers anthology series, and yes, we can pile these up and use them as one of those new-fangled orbital elevators that will be the de rigueur cool tech for SF novels for the next umpty-ump months....There are a lot of the unusual suspects here, you know, must-buy, to-die-for names – including, but not limited to, Justina Robson, Elizabeth Bear, Tony Ballantyne, Robert Charles Wilson, Ken Macleod and Ian McDonald – but also some real you'd-never-expect 'em gems like Robyn Hitchock, everybody's favorite really weird musician."