Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge

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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By Rick (Austin, TX) · ★★★★☆ · September 25, 2008
From the 1940s through the early 1980s, the anthology of original short stories served as the backbone of the science-fiction field, reaching its zenith in the 1970s with original anthology series such as Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions, Terry Carr's Universe, and Robert Silverberg's New Dimen... ...more
By Justin (Washington, DC) · ★★★☆☆ · August 29, 2011

I don't read a lot of anthologies. No particular reason really other than I tend to read them a story at a time in between novels. Thus they take forever for me to finish, and oftentimes I've forgotten the less memorable stories by the time I actually finis... ...more
By Ryun (Chicago, IL) · ★★★★★ · July 31, 2010
These are interesting times for science fiction – for writers, readers, and the general public. Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD has won a Pulitzer; some fans rejoice, while others wail and beat their breasts because, as post-apocalyptic as it may be, McCarthy’s book isn’t shelved between Anne McCaffre... ...more
By Rusty (Knoxville, TN) · ★★★☆☆ · January 30, 2015
Oh my god. I have no idea when I started this book, but it has been years. I'm finally done. The witch is dead!

As for the collection of stories themselves. I was underwhelmed. There were a few I liked, a few I hated, but mostly, I just didn't connect with the tales here. I wanted to like it much... ...more
By Amy (Niagara Falls, NY) · ★★★★☆ · January 10, 2010
A few of the stories left me cold after I sort of forced my way through them, but others were entirely captivating. (I'll just say I think this is more about my personal preferences and not about the quality of the writing in a particular story.) Among my favorites were "YFL-500", "p dolce", "Pri... ...more
By Alexander (Wilsonville, OR) · ★★★★☆ · May 10, 2011
Lots of really good stuff in here. I particularly liked the short stories "Plotter and Shooters" and "Sideways from Now" by Kage Baker and John Meaney, respectively. It's good to know that the science fiction short story is still alive and kicking. ...more
By Bill · ★★★★☆ · October 15, 2007
Like most anthologies this one has its strong and weak parts. But what it has throughout is good/interesting ideas, which is what I enjoy most about hard SF. Even if the writing isn't as good as it could be, the idea behind the story still makes me think. ...more
By Nick (Portland, OR) · ★★★☆☆ · June 19, 2008
Reviewed each story; too big to put here. See May and April book posts: ...more
By Jay (Frankfurt Am Main, Hessen, Germany) · ★★★☆☆ · November 13, 2014
SO so and extremely self-referential. Wasn't really convinced except for one or two of the tales. ...more
By Justus (Sydney, 02, Australia) · ★★☆☆☆ · April 08, 2010
Few/none of the stories in this collection really struck me. The next in the series is much better. ...more