Sunday, 31 January 2016

A Consistently Good Themed Anthology

SM Stirling, Ed., Drakas! (Riverdale, NY, 2000) has to be one of the best sf themed anthologies. It is consistently good. How often can that be said?

Of the twelve stories, the last four involve cross-time travel. In two of these, the Draka are defeated or outwitted. In "The Peacable Kingdom" by Severna Park, rebel servus allied with Samothracians prevent the drakensis from conquering another parallel Earth, although this story maybe raises more questions than it answers.

I am reading "The Big Lie" by Jane Lindskold. The narrator denigrates Eric von Shrakenberg but is he merely expressing Draka prejudice? I might have a better idea when I have finished reading.

This is definitely the last post for January. We will meet back here next month, maybe tomorrow.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Considering how hostile some Draka, like Louise Gayner, were to Eric von Shrakenberg, I would suspect SOME anti Eric sentiment is possbible in "The Big Lie." Not that the narrator seems to have much for weird Draka notions about the "Race," to give him some credit.