Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge
by Lou Anders
Cover Artist: John Picacio
Review by Colleen Cahill
Prometheus Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 1591024862
Date: February, 2007 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Anthologies these days seem all to be based around a theme, but the old standard collection of science fiction stories is still out there. In his introduction to Fast Forward 1, editor Lou Anders makes it clear that this is an "unthemed" collection of original material, a bow to Damon Knight's Orbit series and Frederick Pohl's Star SF anthologies. Like his inspiration sources, Fast Forward 1 is full of cutting edge works by authors who are having a major impact on science fiction today. From official release/information:
Book Description: 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.
(Source: Prometheus Books)